UK Rugby Union

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

Layla Anna-Lee | Posted 31.07.2015 | 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 30.07.2015 | 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 29.07.2015 | 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 29.07.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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 29.05.2015 | 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 26.05.2015 | 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 07.05.2015 | 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, rugbystore.co.uk 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.

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. ...