Rugby World Cup

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's Finest - How Jonny Built Jerusalem

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Entertainment

Summer 2003, and after six weeks of competition, England were in the rugby world cup final against reigning champions, Australia. After eighty min...

England Rugby - Strettle, Selection and More

Emma Thurston | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

On Tuesday lunchtime Stuart Lancaster addressed the press for the first time from inside the England Rugby World Cup Training Camp; all fifty players had arrived at Pennyhill Park the day before and were in the middle of their first double day of training.

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage - Boosting Britain's Tourism Regions

Christopher Rodrigues | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Sport
Christopher Rodrigues

With less than 100 days to go the countdown is finally upon us, as the Rugby World Cup trophy makes its away around Britain. But what about a host nation legacy plan? Who is set-up to deliver the longer term economic boost for Britain's nations and regions? Over the years VisitBritain, and, the wider tourism industry, has proven it can deliver.

An Esteemed Perspective - Jonny Wilkinson on England & Rugby World Cup 2015

Emma Thurston | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The 100 Days To Go Event at Twickenham Stadium afforded a great opportunity to speak with the man himself and understand his perspective on all manner of things regarding England and the forthcoming tournament.

Marking 100 Days to Go Prior to a Home Rugby World Cup

Emma Thurston | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Throughout that time the Trophy will tour, the Festival of Rugby will delight and we was outsiders will become more and more excited by the day safe in the knowledge that in less than 100 days the most thrilling and important tournament of our sport will commence on home soil.

The 31 Man Conundrum - Selecting England Rugby's World Cup Squad

Emma Thurston | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

The fact is England's depth of talent is great, across the board, and that makes for some extremely tricky decisions either with or without injury and form changes between now and the start of the tournament.

Hartley Out of Rugby World Cup Squad

Emma Thurston | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

For the second time in two weeks Stuart Lancaster found himself facing a very large decision due to a player's discipline. Once again Stuart has made the 'big call', the call that rules out Dylan Hartley of another major competition and that ends his home Rugby World Cup hopes.

Not Rugby Songs as You Know 'Em!

Helen Astrid | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Sport
Helen Astrid

I've always loved creating unique combinations. Whether it's my own cooking (I've collated cookbooks from every country ever visited) or my wild (and sometimes wise) wardrobe or mixing my home décor with the old and the new. I love being individual.

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...

Rugby: The Armitage Dilemma - What Should Lancaster Do?

Eoghan Hickey | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Sport
Eoghan Hickey

As the Rugby World Cup draws nearer, waiting just over this season's horizon, the divergent fortunes of success or failure are drawing more into focus, as each subsequent decision by the various coaches compounds the already great pressure on them.

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.

Ireland at the World Cup and Other Thoughts

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

Big statement time: Ireland will reach the World Cup final. Now I would have said this even if England had taken the title yesterday. I feel that out of all the Northern Hemisphere teams (and I'm including Wales and England in this) they seem to be best placed to challenge for the World Cup.

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.

Saint Sergio and Other Thoughts

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

The Italian captain is quite simply one of the greatest players of his generation and deserves to be mentioned alongside the likes of Mervyn Davies, Brian Lochore and Hennie Muller as one of the truly great number eights in rugby history.

The Two Sides of Rugby Union

Phil Lovely | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Sport
Phil Lovely

When the rugby World Cup comes to England we will see athletes at the peak of physical fitness. However rugby union in England is a game of two very distinct but inter-linked entities. The professional game is populated by super athletes built on the academy system...

What About Danny?

Phil Lovely | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Sport
Phil Lovely

Will Lancaster, the former PE teacher, pick the naughtiest boy in the class? After watching England misfire against New Zealand  and South Africa, I wouldn't have a hesitation in trying him.

England Rugby, A Year Before the World Cup

Phil Lovely | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Sport
Phil Lovely

England have two major problems that I am not sure can fixed. They concede too many tries, the great England side of 2003 were miserly in giving away points. The other major issue if the lack of decision makers. Over the past two weeks, time after time chances have gone begging because players are making the wrong decisions at key times.

'It's Touched A Raw Nerve' - RFU 'Sorry' For Victoria Cross England Kit

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Sport

The Rugby Football Union has apologised "to those who may have taken offence" over the new England playing kit. England's new Canterbury-manufactur...

England Reveal Victoria Cross Canterbury Kit

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Sport

England will wear symbols of the Victoria Cross for the first time this autumn after rubber grip areas inspired by the military medal were added to th...

Crucial Year for England Rugby - Neil Back's Insight on New Premiership Season and Elite Squad Selection

Vicky Chan | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

The first round of domestic rugby's top flight Aviva Premiership is complete, and each fixture was packed with the sort of excitement and intensity only rugby can bring. I spoke to former Lions and England international Neil Back MBE on Saturday morning before the London Double Header.

2014-2015 Rugby Season Wishlist

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

England under Stuart Lancaster seem to be building something special (though we've been saying that for over two years now) but they haven't got a Six Nations title or currently a consistent record against the Sanzar nations. Yet they have provided moments and performances that suggest they could challenge in the long run or if the stars align next year.

What the England Women's Rugby Team Can Teach Us About Life

Vicky Chan | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

England Women came home on Monday after beating Canada 21-9 in the World Cup Final... Their victory has been hailed as a giant step forwards for women in sport, especially for women's rugby in England. Here are three lessons we can all learn from the England Women's Rugby team...

Forget Gerrard and Co. Bask in the Glory of Britain's Sporting Success.

Jack Target | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Sport
Jack Target

As I sat there watching the last few seconds tick ever closer to confirming England's place a-top of the Women's Rugby Union World, I asked, we aren't that bad at sport are we? ... we are actually in a golden period for British sport. If you go through the most popular sports in the UK, you will find we have world beaters everywhere, including football.

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.