Flats 'n' Shanks - the 'Ant & Dec' of rugby say a fond farewell to a fantastic 6 Nations

The 'Ant & Dec' of rugby delight fans with their GWR 6 Nations punditry

The team here are delighted that our series of films for GWR for the 6 Nations Rugby test has been so well received. 

The penultimate film for Wales and England's games had in excess of 90,000 views with lots of positive comments about the banter between our pundits.

This week sees the final sign-off from David Flatman and Tom Shanklin as Flats 'n' Shanks, expertly reviewing and previewing some of the most exciting games in international rugby in years.

Watch the last Flats & Shanks talking 6 Nations here!


After the huge success of GWR's previous 'Chats With Flats n Shanks' for the 'Six Nations' and Autumn international tournaments in 2016, we were re-commissioned to produce season three of our popular films.

The pair's inimitably dry repartee, offers fans a weekly resume of the key games just played, what to expect from teams for the next clash, as well as helping to remind fans about planning their rail journeys.

Filming has taken place in and around both Cardiff's Principality, (Millenium) Stadium and Twickenham. Other locations have included rugby fans' pubs and cafes and railway stations. 

We'd like to thank all the staff at the stadiums and related locations for their kind cooperation in making these films possible. Oh, and Ant & Dec for the cheeky unauthorised use of their name for a headline!



Article Author: Dave Mason

Dave is Mentor’s Head of Media Training. His extensive career in broadcasting spans 25 years across radio and television. He has coached members of major public and private sector organisations, as well as the UK Armed Forces and NATO around the world for the last five years. Dave is respected for his inspiring training, which is supportive and concentrates on fast learning development. A founding presenter and shareholder of Somerset’s Orchard FM, he went on to work extensively in commercial radio around the UK, as well as BBC News where he was a Correspondent at BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 1 Newsbeat. Dave has been a TV presenter, reporter and producer at ITN in London, GMTV, (ITV Breakfast), ITV News (Westcountry and Wales) and HTV West. He was one of GMTV’s senior producers for a decade, covering major international, domestic, political and entertainment stories. His roles have included senior news producing and planning, undercover investigations, war reporting and features production. He still broadcasts as a pundit on BBC Radio and is a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Bath Spa, Gloucestershire and the Cardiff School of Journalism.