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The Championship Blog – Week 2 round-up

The Championship Blog – Week 2 round-up

DIVISION NEWCOMERS Jersey travelled to Headingley on Friday for what is believed to have been their first-ever evening fixture, writes Richard Grainger. Despite losing 32-19 to a Leeds side who…

Fine form: Newcastle's main man Jimmy Gopperth (centre)

The Championship Blog – Week 1 round-up

THE REVAMPED Championship kicked off with a bonus point win for promotion favourites Newcastle Falcons over last season’s front-runners Bristol at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday, writes Richard Grainger. Falcons’…

Chairman John Taylor (L) shares his thoughts on their new signing

John Taylor on Henson’s lifeline

THE LEICESTER back row will be dusting off their tuxedos in anticipation of giving Gavin Henson a dancing lesson at the Kassam Stadium, come September 2, writes Richard Grainger. For…

London Welsh have everything to prove

London Welsh have everything to prove

LONDON WELSH have belatedly been confirmed as the new boys in England’s rugby master-class. But will they still be there this time next year, asks Richard Grainger. An old proverb…

After an agonising wait, London Welsh will be part of top-flight rugby. But can they prove themselves?

Rugby World’s Championship blog

London Welsh were crowned kings of the Championship last night at the Kassam Stadium — a palace deemed unfit for the round table of Premiership rugby by the RFU, writes…

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

LONDON WELSH showed the RFU exactly what they thought of the their decision to bar them from the Aviva Premiership by making the Cornish Pirates walk the plank at the…

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

THE GREAT thing about Eurovision, is that when it’s all over, Engelbert Humperdinck — win or lose — will return to relative obscurity, writes Richard Grainger. Sadly, the same will…

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

THE FOG on the Tyne, made thicker by Newcastle’s failure to take a bonus point win from Wasps on Saturday, has lifted somewhat this morning with news from west of…

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

The irony of Charlie Hayter’s interception to cement London Scottish’s place in the Championship for another year wasn’t lost on most of the sizable crowd at Richmond last Saturday. A…