RFU Championship

Charlie Beckett Column: 'I Don't See How the Championship Remains a Professional League'

After today's announcement that the Championship would received reduced funding from the RFU next season, Charlie Beckett has penned his thoughts on events in the Championship.
12 February 2020

The Second Division

After the RFU’s announcement this morning that they would be cutting funding to the Championship by some 50%, TRUs Joe Harvey has offered his thoughts about the announcement.
12 February 2020

Fringes: Life on the Edge of Professional Rugby

This is an extract from Ben Mercer’s book Fringes: Life on the Edge of Professional Rugby where he discusses why forging a career in rugby isn’t as straightforward as it may seem – reflecting on his own experiences.
4 February 2020

Josh Hodge - The Six Nations apprentice

The headlines from Eddie Jones' Six Nations squad announcement may have surrounded Saracens and the salary cap saga, but for TRU, there was a name on the apprentice list which grabbed the attention.
22 January 2020

Spencer loving life at Jersey and looking forward to an exciting 2020

Jersey Reds will be looking to end 2019 on a high on Saturday when they host London Scottish in the Greene King IPA Championship - and young centre George Spencer can certainly reflect on a positive six months personally.
20 December 2019

Charlie Beckett Column: We could find ourselves in a very strong position

In his final column of 2019 for Talking Rugby Union, Charlie Beckett reveals what it is like to be a rugby player at Christmas and his hopes for Jersey Reds this weekend.
20 December 2019

Magie ‘proud’ of his journey to the top

Returning to his native London after two years of plying his trade in Major League Rugby, Will Magie’s journey to being a professional rugby player is certainly a unique one.
13 December 2019

GK IPA Championship: Smith certainly not feeling blue at Bedford

Robbie Smith has never been afraid of putting in the hard yards during his fledgling career - and, as such, he had no qualms about moving from his Glasgow base in the summer in the search of more game time.
6 November 2019


Charlie Beckett Column: 'Miracle of Moscow'

Charlie Beckett discusses *that* night against Russia and the upcoming Championship campaign.
18 September 2019

‘England is a great place to coach’ but Hammond is enjoying Hong Kong life

Seven years after leaving Nottingham for pastures new in Hong Kong, Joe Harvey spoke with Craig Hammond about his career in England, his role with the Hong Kong National team and about his involvement with one of rugby union’s latest formats, Global Rapid Rugby
12 September 2019

Richmond DoR Steve Hill: ‘It has been a challenging summer, but we now look forward to National One’

Following a summer of fighting for their place in the Championship, Richmond are now preparing for life in National One.
22 August 2019

How the Jersey Reds helped Brett Herron move to Harlequins

In recent years, Jersey Rugby Club has been the breeding ground for several players that have gone on to become Premiership regulars, with some even progressing to gain international honours.
9 August 2019

Yorkshire Carnegie - What has gone wrong?

Last week, Yorkshire Carnegie agreed to bring Joe Ford back to the club, but the announcement was not received well.
6 August 2019

Ross to use ‘New Zealand experience’ at NTU and Nottingham

David Ross has reiterated the importance of university rugby as he begins his new venture with Nottingham.
22 July 2019

Scottish-qualified Norville blazing a new Trail at Ealing and Brunel University London

Former Scotland under-20 cap Reuben Norville is buzzing ahead of the 2019/20 season as he looks to continue his rugby and education journey simultaneously thanks to an exciting link-up.
12 July 2019

Viljoen, Liebenberg & Coghlan join Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers have completed the signings of EW Viljoen and Harno Liebenberg from Super Rugby while forward Jordan Coghlan has moved to Welford Road from Championship side Nottingham.
2 July 2019

Newcastle Falcons captain Will Welch signs new four-year contract

Newcastle Falcons skipper Will Welch has committed his immediate future to the club after signing a new four-year contract.
28 June 2019

'You can help save lives' - Why Matt Jess is aiming to turn the tide on mental health

Former Exeter Chief Matt Jess discusses this weekend’s South West Beach Rugby festival which aims to raise awareness for mental health + he talks about his transition out of professional rugby, representing Taunton and his new venture with Cornish Pirates.
27 June 2019

Championship Rugby - Some possible solutions

Following on from his first article focusing on the current problems with the Championship, Ben Mercer has provided some solutions in his second in-depth piece.
25 February 2019