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The role of semi-pro rugby in England - Does it have a future?

Lancashire Head Coach Mark Nelson offers his thoughts on what the RFU can do to improve the outlook of rugby below the elite tiers.
12 January 2023

'Little old Caldy' - How the Wirral club shocked Ealing and the Championship

Caldy's fightback against Ealing was the latest chapter in the remarkable rise of the club and it also shone a light on the value of English rugby's second tier.
11 January 2023

The sense of opportunity surrounding Round 16 sets up exciting weekend in National League Rugby

Clashes at the wrong end of National One and National Two West could shape the rest of the season.
10 January 2023

Chinnor, Esher and Huddersfield avoid early January blues

A winning start to 2023 for teams battling towards the wrong end of their respective divisions was the perfect way to begin the New Year for a trio of clubs.
9 January 2023

National League Rugby returns with differing hopes for 2023

With the second part of the campaign now underway, title challenges and battles for survival become much more significant.
4 January 2023

Nick Easter Interview: Stepping back into rugby and an insight into the mind of Steve Borthwick

The former England international has recently taken up the position of Director of Rugby at National One club Chinnor.
21 December 2022

Weather wreaks havoc but Christmas cheer for Sale FC and Bournville

The freezing temperatures put pay to 21 fixtures across National League Rugby but results for Sale FC and Bournville sees them enter the festive break in good spirits.
20 December 2022

Robbie Stapley Interview: We've got to appreciate where we are but we can't rest on that

Stapley, who is the current captain of National One league leaders Rams RFC, looks back on a memorable derby day victory over Chinnor.
15 December 2022

Early Christmas presents for Esher and Preston despite cold weather disrupting Round 13

Two sides towards the bottom of their respective divisions collected excellent results while Rams RFC and Clifton suffered setbacks.
13 December 2022

National League Rugby: Sale stop Rams and boosts for trio fighting towards the bottom

Rams RFC's pristine run of form came to an end in Round 12 while Huddersfield, North Walsham and Barnstaple all picked up excellent victories.
3 December 2022

Matt Rogerson Exclusive: 'To be sat here approaching 100 games is something that I didn’t expect'

The London Irish skipper spoke to TRU ahead of his 100th appearance for the club and discussed his journey with the Exiles.
2 December 2022

Thoughts of promotion and staying away from trouble add extra incentive to Round 12

The halfway mark of the season is just around the corner and as December begins, a blend of title dreams and fighting the threat of relegation is on the agenda.
2 December 2022

Teams enter December in good sprits after recording morale-boosting results

Despite there still being a long way to go in this campaign, picking up crucial wins against rivals and collecting bonus points could be vital further down the line.
27 November 2022

Why Round 11 can be a turning point for clubs looking to fire up their season

After a tough start to the National League Rugby season, the final weekend of November offers a chance for those scrapping towards the bottom to spark their respective campaigns into life.
25 November 2022

'It's now a dog-eat-dog approach where the bigger clubs don't care if they put someone out of business'

Brian Moore's column for The Telegraph last month focused on player wages across the English rugby tier system.
24 November 2022

Esher and Harrogate record welcome wins as teams at the bottom start to stir

Hull also end their losing streak in National One, Sheffield Tigers stun Rotherham Titans in National Two North and Old Redcliffians and Bournville receive boosts.
14 November 2022

Fireworks expected at Park Lane, Esher keen to light fuse and Hinckley out to sparkle again

Bang. Just like that, we are in November and Round Nine is set to be a cracker with clubs up and down the land plotting their route to victory.
4 November 2022

Clubs towards the bottom impress, Cambridge hold on and Leicester Lions stay top

Teams at the wrong end of their respective divisions picked up welcome and valuable victories in Round Eight while clubs at the top highlighted their credentials once again.
31 October 2022

Ollie Wynn Exclusive: 'Playing for Chester, it makes me realise why I am in the sport'

The 20-year-old scrum-half had his contract cancelled at Worcester Warriors when the club entered administration but now he is back enjoying his rugby again in National Two North.
27 October 2022

Exclusive – Bath’s Michael Etete on BUCS ‘launch pad’ and National League experience

Having taken an unconventional route to professional club rugby with Bath, Michael Etete spoke to TRU’s Joe Harvey about how his formative years in BUCS Super Rugby and National League Rugby helped him reach the Gallagher Premiership.
25 October 2022