Six weeks ago, I played my last professional game of rugby. The chapter of my life that started with my debut at Newcastle at the age of 19, ended at 36 in Oxford with the final shrill of a referee's whistle. Just like that, Tom May, London Welsh captain became Tom May former rugby player. So what now?
I believe touch rugby and rugby in general is an incredibly positive and exciting team sport and the values involved in rugby are crucial for achieving anything in life. The values learnt through team skills, playing a role in a group and learning how to win or lose cannot be underestimated in terms of their value going forward. Whether you are young, old, male or female, the skills and values you can learn through rugby are hugely beneficial. The O2 Touch Tours are all about introducing people to rugby in the run up to the World Cup, taking place this year in England and Wales... and with the tournament fast approaching I believe England are in good shape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Being made captain of this year's team was an incredible honour and one of my proudest career moments to date. Leading the team out onto the pitch is an incredible feeling. I would say this feeling has been coupled with the success from last season when we finished fourth in the world. And of course, sharing this success with an amazing group of girls.
Hi, I'm Tom Mitchell, England Sevens' Captain. I wanted to introduce you to the HSBC Sevens World Series as we prepare for the final tournament, The...
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...
Plans by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), backed by the Culture Minister, to encourage participation in school rugby have been met with a strong reaction from the medical fraternity concerned about the risks to children of contact sports.
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.
It was a gladiatorial contest with a mercenary ending for Mark McCall's Saracens in their European Semi Final. Saracens rode the waves of emotion, they successfully silenced the forty thousand plus fanatical French fans and yet they fell short as one moment and one lapse of concentration cost them and Les Jaunards now edge ever closer to their greatest desire, the European Champions Cup.