York RUFC Founded: 1928 Club History The club originally played in the later years of the 1800’s. When the Northern Union was created in 1926, York FC became York RLFC. York RUFC was formed in 1928 – an amalgamation of … Continue reading Club Profile: York RUFC
In such uncertain and unprecedented times, it seems trivial to be discussing the resumption of rugby. More important issues come before sport, yet the resurrection of the sporting calendar is matter of sink or swim for many clubs and organisations. … Continue reading Scrap the cup, review the cap, and protect the Lions: solving the 2020 rugby chasm
By Tom Home Being someone who has had the privilege of working closely with several Greene King IPA Championship clubs, it genuinely infuriates me to think that some of the league’s incredibly talented and passionate teams may not get the … Continue reading Gallagher Premiership: Why I am against ring-fencing
By Dave Swanton Since lockdown I have been as busy as possible, launching my website, writing a few chapters of my book (and having the content of one chapter legally checked!) and taken part in several Zoom meetings about sport … Continue reading Build it and they will come, or will they?
Rugby Blindside Q&A with John Pownall Chairman at Surrey Rugby A little about you… Can you tell us a bit about your background? Expatriate Yorkshireman undertaking missionary work In Surrey for last 40 years. After playing first class rugby in … Continue reading Q&A: John Pownall, Chairman at Surrey Rugby
Perhaps one of the most hotly debated topics surrounding the Six Nations this year has been whether or not it is time to bid farewell to Italy and offer another nation the opportunity to throw their hat in the ring. … Continue reading Last chance saloon for the Azzuri?
Rugby Blindside Q&A with Dom Palacio Head of Community at Richmond Rugby A little about you… Can you tell us a bit about your background? I grew up in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. I played at Worcester RFC before moving to … Continue reading Q&A: Dom Palacio, Head of Community at Richmond Rugby
Apart from the 10,000 point deduction and a fine that would pay off the National debt, the rugby focus over the last month has not been the Six Nations; it’s the decision to cut funding to the Championship clubs. Effectively, … Continue reading Madness on Funding Cuts
Club: Northwich RUFC Founded: 1965 Club History Northwich Rugby Union Football Club (NRUFC) formerly known as Mid-Cheshire College RUFC had official beginnings in 1965. The nucleus of players for the new club came from the Northwich, Runcorn, & Widnes students. … Continue reading Club Profile: Northwich RUFC
Dave Swanton After the World Cup in Japan the announcement that Saracens had been punished for Salary Cap issues removed any short term memory of England’s efforts to lift the trophy and the fall out will, I am pretty sure, be there for a some time to come. In my 17 years at Sale Sharks there were always rumblings about certain clubs using ‘creative accountancy’ or quite simply ignoring the rules. The media in Rugby Union includes some very smart individuals who are not thick and they have an eye and an ear for a story. The players too added … Continue reading Who’s Next?
Club: Guernsey Raiders Founded: 1913 Club History Nowadays, Guernsey Rugby Club use the impressive facilities at Footes Lane and boast a Men’s 1st XV who ply their trade in the London & South East Premier, a combined 2nds team with St Jacques RFC, a Veterans team and a Ladies team in Women’s NC South East West 1. But it is all a far cry from their humble beginnings. Rugby was played in the small Channel Island well before organised football in the late 19th century, but it was not until one February evening in 1913 that the Guernsey Rugby Club … Continue reading Club Profile: Guernsey Raiders