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Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Champagne rugby – plenty of fizz but no pop. This pretty much sums up London Welsh’s efforts in the first half of the clash with promotion favourites Bristol, at the…

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

The Championship play-offs exist to decide two issues — who goes up and who goes down  — and one of these issues was decided, at Molesey Road on Saturday, writes…

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Three down and three to go! For the first time this season I can say with some certainty that two of the three play-off pools are virtually decided, writes Richard…

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

With two games down and four to play, this division remains as hard to predict as the Stuart Lancaster saga, writes Richard Grainger. In Pool A Bristol, the clear post…

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

My predictions last week may not have come back to haunt me on the scale that Dave Ellis’ did. While the former French defence coach’s claims that the French would…

Goode and captain Pennell celebrate Worcester's promotion and victory over Cornish pirates last year

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Finally – time to draw breath. After 22 pulsating weeks of Championship rugby culminating in a mad dash for those unfortunate clubs having to fulfill postponed fixtures, last Saturday was…

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

In a frantic week of Championship rugby that saw Leeds, Doncaster and London Welsh in action three times in seven days, Bristol were confirmed as winners of Stage One, writes…

Headingley - Home to Leeds Carnegie

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Headingley was the scene for the latest upset in what is proving to be a fascinating second tier competition, writes Richard Grainger. The penultimate week the Championship’s Stage One saw…

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

With wintry conditions decimating the Championship’s week 20 programme once again, at least one thing was decided – no one can catch Bristol in Stage One, writes Richard Grainger. Bristol…

Championship: Round 20 was a no-go this week

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP – ROUND 20…or not…as was the case. With a fairness seldom seen in any sport, the return of winter managed to wipe out the entire Championship programme last…