Alastair Campbell Part One: Why politics and sport are more similar than you think

Sam is joined this episode by one of the biggest names in British politics, Alastair Campbell.   Alastair is the co-host of The Rest Is Politics podcast but is perhaps best known from his time as ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications & strategy when he was in power.   In this episode, we examine the crossover between politics and sport. Alastair explains why his involvement on the British & Irish Lions Tour received mixed reviews from the players and talks about using the fear of failure – even when in a winning position - to drive you on.   To get in touch with the show, email [email protected] and for extra content search for ‘Captains with Sam Warburton’ on LinkedIn.   If you are listening on Apple and would like to listen to this episode ad-free, as well as getting access to Crowd's other sports shows, click here: You can also listen ad-free on Amazon music.   Music courtesy of BMG Production Music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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Who doesn't love rugby? No man has played for England more than Ben Youngs. He’s also a scrum-half so he’s spent most of his 127 games chatting away to team-mates, opposition and referees. His mate Dan Cole also has over 100 caps, is still in the England squad, and has cult hero status thanks to his no-nonsense approach to most of life’s events. They’ve spent 20 years together at Leicester Tigers, toured together for the British and Irish Lions, and now podcast together every week. Throughout the Six Nations they’ll bring their ultimate guide to the championship, give you a behind the scenes tour of Twickenham, and tell you what really happens inside an England camp. They’ll occasionally have guests, and special correspondent Joe Marler will be on speed dial for whenever they need him.