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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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…