RFU Championship

Exclusive: Hometown head coach Alex Rae on making Coventry’s supporters proud

Coventry Rugby’s new head coach Alex Rae spoke to TRU about taking charge of his hometown team in the Championship, building for the future and having a side that is “proud” to represent the club.
18 August 2022

Josh Basham Exclusive: “I do really want to make an impact”

Returning to London Irish after being with Durham University and Newcastle Falcons, Josh Basham spoke to Joe Harvey at the Exiles’ Hazelwood training base to discuss his move home, that time away and pressing on with his childhood team.
17 August 2022

Steven Shingler Exclusive: You always think ‘I wonder what standard we would be in the Premiership?'

TRU heard from Steven Shingler about the club’s campaign as well as the disappointment of not moving into the Premiership.
24 May 2022

Meet Matt Gallagher: The hooker who scored 36 tries this season and is now on his way to the Championship

The 22-year-old broke the National Two North record for the most tries scored by a single player in a campaign.
11 May 2022

Lewis Barrett Exclusive: The University of Nottingham flanker balancing BUCS with the Championship

After an injury-ravaged spell in Premiership Academies, Lewis Barratt is now loving life with the University of Nottingham as the team aims to reach BUCS Super Rugby, all whilst balancing his studies and playing in the Championship at the weekends.
12 April 2022

Exclusive: Richmond’s Mark Bright prior to his 200th Championship appearance

Due to make his 200th Championship appearance this weekend for Richmond, Mark Bright spoke to TRU's Joe Harvey about his achievement.
22 March 2022

Newcastle head coach Dave Walder: "You can just look at the stats to see what a great place the Championship is"

With proposals surrounding the future of the Championship, TRU heard from Newcastle head coach Dave Walder.
23 February 2022

Luke Stratford Exclusive: “I never expected to get back to the Championship”

Stratford, who is back plying his trade at Hartpury RFC, spoke to TRU’s Joe Harvey about the club’s player pathway.
26 January 2022

Exclusive: Doncaster’s Steve Boden talks promotion and being Yorkshire’s leading light

Joe Harvey spoke to Doncaster Head Coach Steve Boden about the team’s aspirations and the club's application to join the Premiership.
19 January 2022

Alex Day Exclusive: “I wanted to play every week and enjoy rugby”

Bedford Blues scrum-half Alex Day spoke to TRU about how the Championship has changed since his first foray into the competition several years ago.
11 January 2022

Exclusive: London Scottish's James Tyas on the Championship, being the club's analyst and switching codes

James Tyas exclusively spoke to TRU about his ambitions, his brush with rugby league and the work he does off the field.
6 January 2022

Exclusive: Pete Lucock on Newcastle Falcons, Yorkshire & game time

TRU’s Joe Harvey spoke to Pete Lucock about his time at Kingston Park so far, club rugby in Yorkshire and his thoughts on the season to date.
31 December 2021

Charlie Walker Exclusive: “For the players, our focus is winning games”

Ealing's Charlie Walker spoke to TRU’s Joe Harvey about injury torment, life at Trailfinders Sports Club and the promotion battle in the Championship.
28 December 2021

Exclusive: Championship a ‘step up’ for journeyman Steven Longwell

Jersey Reds tighthead prop Steven Longwell spoke to TRU’s Joe Harvey about his route to the Championship via America, Italy and his native Scotland.
21 December 2021

Will Homer Exclusive: Making rugby enjoyable and worthwhile again

Richmond utility back Will Homer spoke to Joe Harvey about his start to the season, the Championship and falling back in love with rugby.
13 October 2021

Nick Tompkins Exclusive: Time away, promotion and a Premiership return

Tompkins is back with Saracens in the top flight and TRU’s Joe Harvey spoke to the Wales international about his time away from the club and the new Gallagher Premiership season.
16 September 2021

Charlie Beckett Column: What rugby can learn from The Hundred

As the season 2021/22 season prepares to get underway, TRU Columnist Charlie Beckett has taken a look at a tournament that has just finished, The Hundred, and what he feels that rugby can learn from the new tournament.
1 September 2021

Richmond’s year of learnings could stand them in good stead

After an atypical return to the Championship for Richmond, there are a number of positives which the club are taking into the new season which begins in September.
2 August 2021

Alex Goode Exclusive: “I want to be winning again with this group of players”

The Saracens stalwart hopes his side can build from their experience in the GK IPA Championship and return to challenging for the big prizes.
19 June 2021

Exclusive: Ealing’s Max Bodilly on Saracens, the Championship and Trailfinders

Ahead of Ealing's encounter with Saracens in the first leg of the Championship playoffs, TRU Contributor Callum Wood spoke to Ealing's Max Bodilly.
12 June 2021