The TRU Team

Our contributors are volunteers, aspiring journalists, bloggers, rugby players and photographers. They are real world rugby folk bringing you rugby news and views. It is original and it is for our readers; please tell other people. Since Garry founded TalkingRugbyUnion there have been many contributors and we have tried to acknowledge them all together with their twitter addresses.

The last 12 months have seen the site grow in reach and the site now provides a mix of daily rugby news and TalkingRugbyUnion exclusive articles. Very popular sections include Emerging Talent, University Rugby and National League. Key to these articles are the people below:

Intern roles with Talking Rugby Union

1/ Feature Writing/Intern - to assist our Chief Rugby Reporter ( Chris Heal ) in covering England's 2nd tier, The Championship. Researching topics each week during the season to produce informed and engaging content.

2/ Media/Video - to assist Creative Director in preparing Try of the Week and Facebook Montage

Candidates email:

Max Skofic -
Max is a Slovenian rugby international, who scored a hat trick of tries on international debut. Max went to MMU and graduated in graphic design and menswear; his unique blend of art and sport can be seen in the clothing line he has developed for and his influence can be sen throughout the site.

Max Ashcroft -
Max uses his black book of rugby names to get some of the very high profile interviews on TalkingRugbyUnion. Max was with Bath Rugby Academy and now plays semi-pro for Sedgely Park RUFC. Max is the founder of RedPanda.

Austin Halewood - Graduated from Loughborough University having studied English and played rugby in the BUCS competition. Austin has presented many of the news videos on TalkingRugbyUnion and is a regular contributor with news articles. Austin is focussing on his journalistic career and works with BBC Sport.

Chris Heal - University of Sunderland Sports Journalism Graduate | Contributed to The Independent, Daily Mail, BT Sport Rugby & Football & Sky Sports News | Experience in radio  @c_heal

Alex Shaw - Alex graduated from the University of Kent in 2011 and has since written for a number of national and international rugby publications, as well as covering the NFL and NBA across the pond. He can be found on twitter (@alexshawsport) or the basketball court, in both cases, usually vehemently insisting he CAN dunk.

Lewis Hughes - Currently reading History at the University of Leeds, Lewis Hughes is an aspiring journalist who runs SharkTankRugby, a blog dedicated to coverage of his hometown rugby club Sale Sharks. Lewis also previously covered Ice Hockey for and keeps an eye on both sports on both sides of the Pennines. On Twitter as @lah_8

George Hartrey - A rugby mad Dad got George loving his local side Bath, who is now studying for a Sports Journalism degree at the Uni of Central Lancashire: RugbyBlog

Alex Hannah - Graduated from Staffordshire University in summer 2016 with a degree in Sports Journalism. Spent 2 years whilst at Uni working as Press Officer at Macclesfield Rugby Club. Avid Scotland fan, and keen to see them never pick up a wooden spoon again. @Alex_Hannah1

Matt Wood - known as our intrepid Aussie, Matt was on secondment at Leeds Met in 2013/14. He followed and reported on Leeds Met's journey to the BUCS rugby final at Twickenham. He is currently based in Melbourne and provides a local insight into Australian rugby.

Frank Nickson - founder of RP007s, a 7s rugby team in the northwest. Frank is responsible for the extensive photo library that is at the heart of TalkingRugbyUnion. At Nottingham Trent University.

Jeff Gordon - He is TalkingRugbyUnion's most prolific cameraman and his work can be viewed all over the site.

Scott Donaldson - news and views from Southern Hemisphere rugby appear every week on TalkingRugbyUnion thanks to Scott. His blog is hugely popular

Mike Stanton - Recently graduating from The University of Exeter Mike completed a media internship at the RFU and now sits on their Communications Sub-Committee. As a budding sports journalist Mike works for London Irish @MikeStanton1992

Rob Conlon - A student at Nottingham Trent University, Rob keeps an eye on BUCS rugby throughout the country. A former rugby league player, he also looks out for how the converts are adapting to life across codes. His blog can be found at @RobConlon94

Benedict Chanakira - Born in Zimbabwe, Benedict is an aspiring rugby coach who frequently writes on the game. His reasons behind these chosen paths are becuase, to quote, "of Paul Flanagan who is rugby's equivalent to Mourinho and a journalist for the love of interacting." He is also a Huge fan of the Natal Sharks, England Rugby and is it the All Blacks or Springboks? He can be found on Twitter @bchanakira2 and his Google + is Benedict Chanakira 

Wade Cox - Originally from Port Alfred, which is situated in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Born and raised in a rugby culture and have always been a keen supporter, observer and analyser of the game. Studied a Bachelor’s Degree in Media, Communication and Culture at NMMU (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) in Port Elizabeth. Currently residing in Hong Kong, which has an exceptionally strong rugby culture, where he plays (touch mostly) and referee in my spare time @wadesgotit 

Frederic Wale - based in Rio, Frederic loves photography in his spare time. He rubs shoulders with Brazil's most famous sports stars and provides TalkingRugbyUnion the taste of Rio in pictures @fredericwale



Greg Boon – @ashesrugbyboy

Kitcho Evangelidis@kitcho7

Garry Irwin – @girwin90

Danny Till – @dannyjt10

Ashley Lambell – @ntfcash

Nik Hughes – @nikhughes23

Matt Davies – @hogyn_or_gog

Bethan Borrett – @MissBorrett

Alan Dymock – @alandymock

Sam Rogers – @samrogerssj

Ian Mitchelmore – @ian_m_92

Thomas Davies – @ThomasODavies

Tom Dowler – @tommyd91

Thomas Cummings – @tj_cummings

Martin Young – @martinyoung19

Karl Jones – @karljones_

David Nicoll – @dtnicoll

Alex Shaw – @rugbyunionbant

Murray Kinsella – @murray_kinsella

Sam Verralls – @the_Verralls

Ryan Woolacott – @crazedsaint

Danny Murray – @danjomurray

Alex Ferentinos – @AlexFerentinos7

David Blair – @viscount_89

Plus many others writers, who are appreciated for their fantastic work. Thanks!


The TRU Team - Image Gallery

Max Skofic reaches out to score on international debut for Slovenia (he would score a hat-trick in all)
A rare event as Max Ashcroft plays alongside Max Skofic at Kinsale 2011
Max Skofic and Austin Halewood meet former England captain Will Carling
Austin Halewood with his Dad, playing snowy rugby
The team alongside the Heineken Cup
Benedict Chanakira chats to Scotland's Dave Denton
Intrepid Aussie, Matt Wood, talks rugby union with Frank Nickson