RFU Championship

Premiership and Championship rugby clubs set for training resumption

Premiership Rugby and Championship clubs have been permitted to begin training in small groups after the Professional Rugby Board announced to move them to Stage 1: Elite Sport Return to Training Guidance.
2 June 2020

TRU Six Pack, Isolation Edition - Robin Hislop, Doncaster Knights

Latest to answer our quickfire Isolation Edition questions is Doncaster Knights' prop Robin Hislop.
29 May 2020

Daniel Temm on funding cuts, Carnegie and selling cashmere

The last two seasons of Daniel Temm’s rugby life have certainly been unique. From the demise of one of England’s most storied clubs, to funding cuts and a season ended by a disease, he has certainly been kept on his toes.
29 May 2020

Sam Dickinson: A big chunk of my heart remains in Caldy

Currently with Ealing Trailfinders, Sam Dickinson’s career has spanned the English league ladder and he chatted to Talking Rugby Union's Joe Harvey about his journey in the game and the position rugby now finds itself in.
26 May 2020

Rory Jennings: It is going to be unchartered territory next year

After four seasons at Bath as a professional, Rory Jennings took the plunge as a full-time Championship player. TRU's Joe Harvey chatted to the Coventry man.
21 May 2020

Robin Hislop: You could argue it’s a developmental tool for everyone

Robin Hislop has made his name in the Championship. Joining Rotherham, initially on loan at the tail end of 2013, the forward was at the club for their last spells of dominance in the second division.
13 May 2020

Watch: Will Hooley and Sam Leeming on the NHS Crossbar Challenge

After launching their social media challenge, the NHS Crossbar Challenge, Talking Rugby Union’s Joe Harvey talked to the pair about the campaign.
16 April 2020

Nottingham chairman labels RFU a 'disgrace' as clubs fight for future

Nottingham chairman Alistair Bow has called on the RFU to step up to the mark to help the English game during the coronavirus pandemic.
6 April 2020

Coronavirus crisis raises so many questions about the future of community game

The Covid-19 pandemic has, and will continue to, hit local clubs hard and the RFU have begun shaping the future at the lower levels of the game.
3 April 2020

RFU confirms final league positions for professional and community game

Following the early end of the rugby season in England, the RFU have confirmed the final league positions for the Championship, Tyrrells Premier 15s and community game.
2 April 2020

Sam Hanks: I’d never heard of Ampthill in my life but this is a special club

The Ampthill and District centre talks about his journey through the National Leagues and his time in the Championship.
2 April 2020

Cash Flow Checklist - Why rugby needs advice

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there have been a number of measures put in place to protect our vital cash flow which will have impacted a lot of people, including the rugby community.
27 March 2020

Rob Webber: Hanging up the boots and stepping into coaching

Last week, Championship outfit Jersey Reds announced Rob Webber as their new forwards coach for next season and we caught up with the Sale Sharks man to discuss his move into coaching.
26 March 2020

Newcastle Falcons slam Ealing Trailfinders for considering legal advice on Championship outcome

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards slammed the decision of Ealing Trailfinders to consider taking legal advice on the outcome of the Championship in the 2019/20 season.
23 March 2020

Coventry Rugby chairman fears Championship clubs might struggle for survival

Coventry Rugby executive chairman Jon Sharp expects the Championship clubs to battle for survival following the cuts announced by the Rugby Football Union and the pandemic coronavirus.
23 March 2020

Rob Webber to join Jersey Reds as forwards coach

Championship side Jersey Reds have confirmed former England international Rob Webber as the new forwards coach.
18 March 2020

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