UK Rugby Union

Rugby League Must Not Be Forgotten In Discussions Over Player Welfare

Jamie Beck | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Sport
Jamie Beck

My hope is that the welfare of rugby league players is not forgotten by the scientific community and that those involved in the training of those rugby league players are open enough to acknowledge literature published about rugby union and apply the evidence base to their own code. It will be to the players benefit if they do.

George North Prepares To Power Wales And Lions To Glory

Oliver Pickup | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Sport
Oliver Pickup

A Six Nations Championship on the eve of a British and Irish Lions campaign always fizzes with more intensity than usual. Players push themselves to the very limit of their athletic abilities in a bid to impress the selectors and gain a coveted place on the aeroplane for a tour which, for most, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the pinnacle of their rugby career.

Will Rugby Union's Campaign Against Head Injuries Work?

Jamie Beck | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Sport
Jamie Beck

Whilst I am not what could be described as a follower of rugby union, the upcoming six nations tournament will be launched with predictable fanfare and, in all fairness, large crowds and high levels of public interest.

Should Scotland Switch To Rugby League?

Jamie Beck | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Sport
Jamie Beck

The rugby league 4 nations tournament has now kicked off and, for the first time, will feature the Scotland Rugby League team. The team is there on me...

Is It Time For Rugby To Have A Long, Hard Look At Itself?

Jamie Beck | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Sport
Jamie Beck

In March of this year, a body called the Sport Collision Injury Collective published a now famous letter calling for a ban on tackling in school's rugby. The reaction made interesting viewing with allegations that the authors of the letter were subjected to abuse online. This sort of abuse is totally unacceptable but also demonstrates the depth of feeling that the subject raised.

Eddie Jones' 32-man Squad for Australia

Emma Thurston | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

On Sunday afternoon Eddie Jones announced the 26-man squad for the forthcoming test against Wales and then the 32-man squad that will head to Australia. Alongside some familiar faces England's head coach has included 4 uncapped players that will be on the plane to Australia; Ben Te'o, Teimana Harrison, Ellis Genge and Kyle Sinckler.

Eddie Jones Starts Australia Tour Preparations in Brighton

Emma Thurston | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

On Tuesday a 26-man England Rugby training squad assembled in Brighton for a three-day camp. Even though only there are many familiar faces missing due to their Premiership semi-final commitments this opening camp marks the start of England's preparations to head Down Under. 

Rugby World Cup: The Importance of Leaving a Legacy

Steve Grainger | Posted 01.10.2016 | UK Sport
Steve Grainger

We want rugby to be among England's strongest sports, with clubs thriving and participation at an all-time high, to create a lasting legacy for generations to come. We have spent the last three years putting clear foundations in place to make the most of this opportunity.

Opportunity Knocks for Brands This Rugby World Cup

Emma Thurston | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The opportunity that a home Rugby World Cup affords to brands and sponsors is a large one. With the eyes of the rugby world focused solely on this tournament it is time for them excel and deliver in the same manner that our International rugby sides want to do.

Fiji Has Never Won an Olympic Medal but Rio is Their Best Chance Yet - Exclusive Interview

Layla Anna-Lee | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK Sport
Layla Anna-Lee

For those of us who haven't yet been formally introduced to rugby 7's and for those of you who are hardened fans of the sport I spoke to Ben Ryan, coach of the world's number one ranked rugby 7's team Fiji, to find out exactly how he feels about the upcoming Olympic games...

England Rugby - Central Focus

Emma Thurston | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The partnerships in the centre have been an area of focus for the past two seasons with a few different options reviewed due to injuries and schedulin...

Rugby Aid 2015

Emma Thurston | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

When Mike Tindall hung up his boots after almost two decades of rugby he did so with 75 International Caps to his name and 206 Premiership appearances...

England Rugby - Grafting in Denver

Emma Thurston | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

For the past two weeks England Rugby have swapped the leafy suburbs of Bagshot in Surrey for the place commonly referred to as the 'Mile-High City', Denver in Colorado. The air may be thinner, with a documented 17% less oxygen than cities at sea level, however the focus and intensity of training has continued to rise and from a coach's perspective England are totally on track as Andy Farrell shared on their final Friday over the pond...

England Rugby - Positively Positioned

Emma Thurston | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

With an intense camp and three warm up games to go England are where they should be going into such a daunting and defining period. From this point on every single side will raise their games to the next level courtesy of an extended period of training time together and the question will be how much more do England have to showcase

The Aviva Premiership Final - Saracens' Success

Emma Thurston | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Right now, the beers will flow and the party will continue... at some point over the summer this Final will be analysed and scrutinised but not yet. Congratulations Saracens, I bet that one felt good! 

The Aviva Premiership Final 2015

Emma Thurston | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Exactly eight months and 18 days after the Wayne Barnes blew the whistle to open the Aviva Premiership Season at Franklin's Gardens we found out which two Aviva Premiership sides would go head to head for the 2015 trophy; Saracens and Bath.

The Barbarians Are in Town

Emma Thurston | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The Barbarians is time honoured tradition and one that every player of any age or stage in their career hopes to be a part of. From World Cup Winners to British and Irish Lions' legends, running out for Barbarians is on the to do list for every single player in the world of rugby and only a few are fortunate enough to receive the call up and wear the black and white hoops.

Steffon Armitage - The Only Choice

Tom Byrne | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Byrne

The RFU policy on selection for the England team is frustrating; if you want to represent your country you must play your club rugby in England. The idea is simple; to make sure the best English players are playing week in week out for our clubs...

Top Five Young Rugby Players to Watch This Year

Rory Nicolson | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Sport
Rory Nicolson

With the IRB Rugby World Cup this September, casts an eye on the players to look out for in what could be the biggest year for rugby yet.

Is the Heart and Soul Being Ripped out of Rugby Union?

David Ready | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Sport
David Ready

In the run up to the Rugby World Cup, I'd like to know what's in store for the future of rugby union. Is it going to be dominated by strong defences? Is the path of a game going to be dictated by the number of penalties awarded, by packs of rolling malls and choke tackles? Personally, I hope not, because it will destroy the very heart and soul of the game, a sport which will become used and worn out and shelved into the annals of history like boxing.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling, English Hearts Are Broken - RBS 6 Nations Review

Emma Thurston | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Hearts across the country predicted an English win by 3, based on the character they showed on the road in Cardiff and the flair showcased in both of the opening fixtures it delivered high hopes of a fourth consecutive victory over Ireland. However after eighty minutes of rugby, those hopes were dashed, England were beaten and they were beaten well by an steely Irish side.

England Students Secure Impressive Win Over Portugal XV

Vicky Chan | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

England Students sealed a 32-16 victory over Portugal XV in rugby union, with 17 newly capped players on Saturday 24th of January in Lisbon. "We are all pleased we got the win," England Students Head Coach Aaron James said. "They've worked hard all week for it, and I'm pleased they got the result."

Did Any of Us Realise How Close Wasps Were to Ceasing to Exist? A New Era in the Club's History Can Now Begin...

Emma Thurston | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

This morning, as the sun rises, there will be many rugby fans across the country that are thinking about the events that unfolded over the past two days. It was quite the day in the history of the game in indeed in the history of Wasps Rugby Club. It has never been a secret that High Wycombe and Adams Park wasn't the forever home of the Club so the confirmation of the move yesterday didn't come from nowhere.

Why Extending Stuart Lancaster and His Coaching Team's Contracts Until 2020 Was the Right Thing to Do... Even Before the World Cup

Emma Thurston | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Yesterday it was announced that Stuart Lancaster and his core team, Andy Farrell, Mike Catt and Graham Rowntree have all had their contracts extended until the 2019/2020 season. When he made this announcement, the Chairman of the RFU, Ian Richie, used the following words; "we believe this is entirely the right decision for the future of England Rugby" and I have to say I totally agree with him and here is why.

Normal Service Resumes...

Emma Thurston | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

For England's domestic rugby fans today is that day, rugby's Christmas Day and in a few short hours the Northampton Saints and Gloucester Rugby will kick off the 2014/15 Aviva Premiership Season.