The Championship

Home from home: Bristol will move to Ashton Gate

The Championship Blog: Round Four

Week four of the Greene King IPA Championship leaves one side unbeaten and another three still winless, as the second tier of English rugby continues to provide more try value…

Welsh pride: Justin Burnell took charge of Welsh this season

The Championship Blog: Round Three

After Week Three, eight clubs are sandwiched between the two unbeaten sides and the two still looking for their first win in the Greene King IPA Championship. Few would have…

What it is all about: Below are the latest comings and goings in the ever competitive Championship

The Championship Blog: Round Two

The Greene King IPA Championship’s newest side — Ealing Trailfinders, founded in 1871 — are also the longest established side in the division. However, this was of little consolation to…

The prize (beside Premiership rugby)

Rugby World’s Championship team guide

THE CHAMPIONSHIP season is finally here, arriving just a week after the Aviva Premiership kicked off. With Ealing jumping up to the division and London Welsh dropping down, clubs running…

The Championship blog – Play-offs: Round 2

The Championship blog – Play-offs: Round 2

LEEDS FAILED to end Newcastle’s bid to bounce back into the Aviva Premiership at Kingston Park on Sunday. After 160 minutes of rugby The Falcons, although out-scored two tries to…

The Championship blog – Play-offs: Round 1

The Championship blog – Play-offs: Round 1

“ANYONE WHO thinks that life is fair,” Richard M. Nixon once said, “has been seriously misinformed.” A view held, amongst others, by many of the Newcastle Falcons squad who, after…

Eying promotion: Dean Richards is expected to drag Falcons up

RFU Championship: The battle for promotion

THE RHETORIC of battles is always used in professional rugby, as if the weeks of weights and hours of Xbox were shared experiences with servicemen and women garrisoned around the…

The Championship blog – Week 22 round-up

The Championship blog – Week 22 round-up

IN A cruel twist of fate, Bristol became the only side to defeat Newcastle this season in any form of competition, only to learn that Leeds had secured the fourth…

The Championship blog – Week 21 round-up

The Championship blog – Week 21 round-up

IT'S QUIET, drinking in the last chance saloon. The barman has gone home and told London Welsh to lock up on their way out. Because, unless someone from the Championship…