Flats and Shanks

Flats and Shanks

United Kingdom

David Flatman and Tom Shanklin are two former professional rugby players. Having been flatmates while playing at Saracens, their friendship endured, and now they’d like to share with you bunches of views and thoughts and jokes. Please, do let the chaps know if you like it (or don’t!).


Episode 19: The one where we are both a bit tired  

This week we talk about dragging flashers from rivers and healthy pursuits

Episode 18: The one that's too long  

This week we talk about red cards, Mike Phillips' grey hairs, and Christian Wade chewing gum

Episode 17: The Body Mass Index one  

This week we discuss precisely how fat we are, Richard Cockrill's sacking, and monkey lamps

Episode 16: The Will Carling one.  

This week we talk big softies, high brow literature, and hair dye with Will Carling Esq. And Flats gets very excited over Lineouts.

Episode 15: Cheap Shots and Gangster Leans  

This week we ramble almost ceaselessly, then talk about Dylan (Hartley, not Bob).

Episode 14: Drinks in Dubai and Daisy the Cat  

This week we find out precisely what Shanks calls work, we talk about the George North thing, and Flats' cat ruins everything

Episode 13: Brian O'Driscoll and his life  

This week we chat about life with Brian O'Driscoll and he ends up feeling weird about Shanks' invite to meet up in Dubai. So awks.

Episode 12: Two men in a box  

This week, from Shanks' second home, we talk about those nasty Kiwis, those excellent Irish, and those poor old Welsh.

Episode 11: Jack Nowell and his multicoloured human coat  

This week, like opportunist thieves, we sheephooked Jack Nowell while at Sandy Park. We talked ink.

Episode 10: Can you catch the ginger gene?  

Welsh legend Martyn Elwyn Williams joins us in Cardiff for a chat that, frankly, we wish had gone longer #

Episode 9: Early birds catch the complimentary mints  

This week we chat with British and Irish Lion Lee 'The Angle' Byrne as he makes his way to the gym for some chest and guns work (you don't see legs in nightclubs).

Episode 8: Two Men and a Tom Shanklin Mug  

This week we eat lean beef with a Thai sauce in Shanks' mum's kitchen, otherwise known as the Tom Shanklin Fan Club's head shrine. It was basically really weird and Flats felt unsafe.

Episode 7: We're lording it up in Wales once more  

This week we talk about some rugby and indeed about some of the personalities around the game. So, basically we do what we do Only this time we're podding off the back of a free, nutritious lunch (Tommy 'King of Cardiff' Shanklin has a few contacts).

Episode 6: Our threesome with Alex Goode  

Two Sarries legends and Tom Shanklin talk about awkward, train-based scenarios and Kevin Sorrell's fake nose.

Episode 5: The Lama speaks on occasion  

This week the chaps go back to their roots, talking rugger in a proper team room in the West Midlands. They escaped with all their valuables, thank Jebus.

Episode 4 feat. Jamie Roberts  

Two men incapable of performing a Welsh accent become omniscient for a while. They also talk to Jamie Roberts, who's undeniably lovely.

Episode 3 feat. England coach Paul Gustard  

Two arch procrastinators find out what an actual working week looks like from England coach, Paul Gustard. They also talk about some other things from the Presidential Suite they now call home.

Episode 2 feat. Jimmy Gopperth  

2 great guys who shave their heads through choice chatting red cards, referring decisions and the weekends rugby action. Also an insight into how legends scrum with sand shoes on from Jimmy Gopperth.

Episode 1 feat. George North  

Two quinoa addicts who think they know it all act as judge and jury over the rugby world and chat with the iron-thighed George North.

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