UK Rugby Union

Top Five Young Rugby Players to Watch This Year

Rory Nicolson | Posted 24.03.2015 | 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 16.03.2015 | 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 02.03.2015 | 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.

Defining Moments for Women's Rugby

Emma Thurston | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

England Champions of the World, England Women World Cup Champions, England Women World Cup Winners, however you choose to phrase it, we will never tire of hearing it... this Women's Rugby World Cup catapults the sport forward in the UK and across the world and leaves a legacy that changes the Women's Rugby, for the better, forever.

Women's Rugby World Cup Semi-Finals: Pinpoint Precision from England, Heartbreak for France

Vicky Chan | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

It was a smashing victory for England, but the show was quickly stolen by the second semi-final of the evening, France vs Canada... Both semi-finals showcased some of the best talent in the Women's Rugby world. Here are some of my standout players from the two matches.

12 Months of Progression for England Rugby

Emma Thurston | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

England's depth of talent has deepened to a point where in every position there are at least two or even three truly viable options... if England make the same amount of progression that they have done since this time last year then there is no reason why they won't head into the World Cup confident and fully ready.

The Ultimate Test - England Women's World Cup Semi Final

Emma Thurston | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Today England Women face their toughest test since that heartbreaking World Cup Final four years ago... Ireland have shown that they are not afraid of anyone, their physicality is brutal... in just a few hours' time we will witness one of the greatest matches in the history of Women's Rugby.

England's World Cup Hopes Will Be Put to the Test by Ireland

Vicky Chan | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

England will face Ireland in the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final on Wednesday 13 August. Some might brush off Ireland and predict an easy English victory, however with the unpredictable twists and turns the tournament has taken so far, it won't be so black and white with who proceeds to the final on Sunday 17 August.

Answering 'That' Question...

Emma Thurston | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

There are rarely any dull moments; huge collisions, eye-watering feat, fierce rivalries and deft skills means that if you switch off for a second during a match you'll miss something... Rugby is a physically dangerous sport, on a weekly and even daily basis players put their bodies and indeed lives on the line.

Why the England Rugby Team Needs a Twitter-Free Week

Deborah Lee | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Tech
Deborah Lee

It does occur to me that maybe, just maybe taking to the social media airwaves in the lead up to any big bruising encounter isn't perhaps the best preparation they could get involved with, given that not everyone has positive things to say all the time.

England V France - Six Of The Best

The Huffington Post UK | Ed Tew | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Sport

It might not be St. Crispin’s day for another nine months but the old enemies will line up once again on Saturday evening as England take on France ...

Six Nations 2014: Joe Launchbury Confident Ahead Of Opening Clash With France

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Sport

Joe Launchbury is confident England can dismiss any concerns following their humiliating defeat in Cardiff in last year’s 6 Nations Championship. ...

Rugby: Is The Heineken Cup Really Without a Future?

Eoghan Hickey | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Sport
Eoghan Hickey

The trajectory of the negotiations that started over a year ago to agree a new accord beyond the current season, is a tale of brinkmanship resulting from the abandonment of meaningful cooperation and a refusal to even contemplate change. Myopia is the common theme here and no group is blameless in this episode.

Why England Shouldn't Pick Euro-Chasers (Rugby)

Windsor Roberts | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Sport
Windsor Roberts

England are right to exclude overseas-based players from the national team. It's no secret that the giants of the French Top 14 are prepared to splash some serious cash to snap up top players. Racing Metro and Toulon in particular let their chequebooks do the talking over the close season; the Parisian giants snapped up the likes of Dan Lydiate, Jamie Roberts and Jonny Sexton, while their south coast rivals added South Africa legend Bryan Habana and others to their already star-studded squad.

O'Driscoll's Curtain Call

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK Sport

The curtain came down on Ireland star Brian O'Driscoll's British and Irish Lions before the final act on Wednesday, when coach Warren Gatland omitted ...

Warburton's Out But Roberts Could Be Back For Lions Decider

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Sport

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has been ruled out of Saturday's Test series decider against Australia in Sydney. The Wales flanker s...

Lions Thrash Melbourne Rebels 35-0 (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Sport

The British and Irish Lions prepared for their second Test against Australia with a comfortable 35-0 victory over Melbourne Rebels. Conor Murray, S...

Wallabies Slip Up

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Sport

The British and Irish Lions narrowly defeated Australia 23-21 after Kurtley Beale missed a last-minute penalty in an absorbing first Test match in Bri...

Jimmy Anderson Goes Scottish For The Lions

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Sport

James Anderson relishes duelling with the odd Aussie, and the England bowler has urged the British and Irish Lions to "kill" Australia in Saturday's f...

The Spirit Of South Africa

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Sport

Sir Ian McGeechan presented British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton with the match jerseys for Saturday's first Test against Australia in an "in...

Corbisiero Surprise Starter For Lions' First Test (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Sport

England prop Alex Corbisiero was the surprise inclusion in the British and Irish Lions team named for Saturday's opening Test against Australia. Ma...