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Talking Rugby Union

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We are a specialist Rugby Union news and features website. We cover news from all aspects of rugby, from an International and domestic level, right the way through to Women's rugby, sevens, local rugby, Universities and schools. http://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk
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Talking European Rugby League

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Graeme Thompson, a former Scottish international player, and board member of both the Rugby League European Federation and International Rugby League, speaks to founding figures and leading lights of Rugby League's development across Europe.
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It has been a while, but the Talking Rugby Union Podcast is back as we reflect on the Gallagher Premiership final and look ahead to a busy summer for England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Joe Harvey and Chris Heal were over Zoom to share their thoughts + we hear from Wales head coach Wayne Pivac ahead of their tour to South Africa. This episode was…
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The National Leagues are back this weekend and as ever, TRU is bringing you the best coverage. Chris Heal and Joe Harvey were joined by National League Chairman John Inverdale to preview the season + they caught up with Leeds Tykes Director of Rugby Phil Davies, Fylde joint head coach Chris Briers and Rochford Hundred boss Danny Cleare. Make sure y…
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Roger Woodall, CEO of Bournemouth 7s, is back on the podcast and talks Chris Heal through the return of the 'Sporting Glastonbury' after a 27 month absence for the festival. This episode is also in association with Veo. Veo is the ultimate sports camera that can film rugby matches without the need for a camera operator. And the best bit is, Veo are…
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Ahead of the second Test between the British and Irish Lions and the Springboks in Cape Town on Saturday, TRU's Joe Harvey and Chris Heal discussed all things Lions. With both team's squads, off-field shenanigans and more up for conversation, you can also visit our website for the latest Lions news. Recent Lions articles - https://www.talkingrugbyu…
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Ahead of the Women's Six Nations starting this weekend, Joe Harvey, Chris Heal and TRU Contributor, Elizabeth Cartwright, discussed the tournament. Also featuring exclusive conversations with Red Red Roses Head Coach, Simon Middleton, and star wing, Jess Breach, listen to this celebration of the tournament on TRU now. Follow us: Chris Heal - https:…
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As the Six Nations draws to a close, Joe Harvey and Chris Heal are back with a TRU Podcast where they discuss the Six Nations, British & Irish Lions and the start of the Championship season. Of course, it is not just the pair as they are joined by TRU columnist and Ampthill lock Charlie Beckett, as well as TRU contributor, Callum Wood, to talk some…
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In episode twenty-two of ‘Talking European Rugby League’ Graeme Thompson meets Roman Ovchinnokov. Roman lives in Moscow and started playing Rugby League aged eight for his father's team - Lokomotiv Moscow. Roman describes the secret to the success of Lokomotiv winning 10 Russian Championships, in his time playing for them. He recalls his internatio…
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In episode twenty-one of ‘Talking European Rugby League’ Graeme Thompson meets, again, Danny Kazandjian. This second discussion with Danny, focuses on his time as General Manager of the European Rugby League Federation from 2010 to 2018. He gives an insight into the intricacies of putting together an international calendar for both mature and fledg…
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Talking Rugby Union are joined by the RFU's Head of Professional Game Match Officials Tony Spreadbury to discuss the flurry of red cards we witnessed in Round 10 of the Gallagher Premiership and the way officiating is evolving. Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook …
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Another Looseheadz x Talking Rugby Union and the guys were joined by Tom Stephenson as the former Northampton Saint discussed his battles with mental health after injuries ended his promising career in the game. Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook - https://www.fa…
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The Looseheadz x TRU podcasts continue as we are joined by Jamie Cudmore to discuss concussion in rugby as well as his journey in the game. Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/talkingrugbyunion Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/talki…
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Chris Heal is joined by the founder of the Bournemouth 7s festival Roger Woodall to chat about the last 12 months for the events industry and what the 'Sporting Glastonbury' has in store for 2021. Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/talk…
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On the latest episode of the Looseheadz x TRU Podcast, we chatted to Nolli Waterman about her career in the media, her battles with injury as well as looking back at her World Cup win in 2014. We were also joined by Susie Weaver from 'So Happy in Town' to discuss breaking down stigmas surrounding mental health. Talking Rugby Union: Website - https:…
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With the 2021 Guinness Six Nations upon us, the TRU Podcast is back! Joe Harvey hosts the pod and is as ever joined by TRU Editor Chris Heal and very special guest, Charlie Beckett. They discuss Charlie's latest column for TRU, his new podcast, Brew With Beckett, and take a look at each team ahead of the Six Nations starting on Saturday afternoon. …
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It’s episode 20 of Talking European Rugby League and Graeme Thompson meets long-term RLEF Match Official Manager Tom Mather. Here, Tom recounts his own career as an official and his journey towards becoming an officials educator. He highlights how significant it is for match officials, like players, to achieve international debuts. In 2014 Tom foun…
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TRU and Looseheadz are joined by leading Gallagher Premiership referee Craig Maxwell-Keys to talk about inclusivity in rugby and the Rainbow Laces campaign as well as life as an official. Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/talkingrugbyu…
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Christophe Jouffret is Graeme Thompson’s guest on episode 19 of ‘Talking European Rugby League’. Christophe has had long involvement with Rugby League and been part of the leadership at the two most important organisations in France: the French Federation and Catalan Dragons. Christophe offers a unique insight gained from working with the RFL to br…
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Chris Heal hosts the Looseheadz team and special guest Lima Sopoaga in our latest podcast. The Wasps star talks about his mental health and the journey he has been on + we focus on all things Premiership and international rugby. Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook…
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Chris Heal and the Looseheadz guys are joined by Scotland international Jamie Bhatti to kick off the New Year. The Bath prop discusses his recent interview on RugbyPass, his time with Glasgow and Edinburgh, playing for Scotland and going on tour! Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkR…
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In episode 18 of ‘Talking European Rugby League’, Graeme Thompson meets George Stilanos - a central figure in Greek Rugby League for over a decade. Born and bred in Brisbane, George moved to his ancestral homeland, specifically Athens, in 2008. Here George recalls how he set up new players and domestic clubs, including overseeing the journey of pla…
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In episode seventeen of ‘Talking European Rugby League’ Graeme Thompson meets Martin Crick . Martin has led coach education for the last decade for the Rugby League European Federation. He describes his long history with the game and how Danny Kazandjian got him initially involved with RLEF. He recalls several trips and highlights the need to be ad…
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Chris Heal and the Looseheadz team are joined by Topsy Ojo to look back on his playing career + the London Irish legend discusses his work in the media as well as the importance of life after rugby. Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ta…
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In the latest edition of the Looseheadz x TRU Podcast, we chat to Dragons forward Greg Bateman. Greg discusses mental health awareness and why his craft beer company is helping to tackle stigma + the former Leicester Tiger talks about player welfare, his time at Welford Road and he also selects his Mars XV.... Talking Rugby Union: Website - https:/…
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In episode sixteen of ‘Talking European Rugby League’ Graeme Thompson meets Dean Hardman. Dean presently works at the RLWC2021 and previously was in the operations dept of the RFL. He has been involved with European events since 2008, since being asked to assist by Kevin Rudd. He talks about the range of roles he has played at matches across variou…
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Part two of our Looseheadz x Talking Rugby Union with Benjamin Kayser sees the ex-French forward discusses the current crop of Les Bleus stars + he also selects his Mars XV.... Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/talkingrugbyunion Instag…
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Chris and the Looseheadz foundation are joined by Benjamin Kayser for this special two-part podcast. In part one, the former French international discusses mental health awareness and reflects on the sad passing of rugby legend Christophe Dominici + Benjamin also looks back on his playing career... Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talking…
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Chris Heal and the Looseheadz team are joined by broadcasting royalty this week as they chatted to John Inverdale about his affiliation with rugby, the importance of mental health and his career in the media. There is also a twist to his Mars XV.... Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/Ta…
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In this latest episode of ‘Talking European Rugby League’ Graeme Thompson meets John Risman, who has coached Rugby League in 20 countries across Europe. John discusses his earliest memory of Rugby League - watching his father play in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley in 1952 - right through to his recent trip to Serbia. He reflects on the influenc…
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For our latest podcast, Chris Heal and Looseheadz are accompanied by Italian international and Benetton scrum-half Callum Braley to discuss mental health awareness, the importance of family and playing rugby on the world stage. Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook …
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Chris Heal and the Looseheadz team are joined by Harlequins legend and former England captain Chris Robshaw to talk about his career before he makes the move to America and the MLR. Robshaw looks back on his playing days both domestically and internationally, plus, he also expresses his disappointment following the cancellation of England's recent …
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In episode fourteen Graeme Thompson meets Remond Safi, a central figure in the development of Rugby League in Lebanon, the Middle East and Africa. Remond describes his "surprise" call up to military service in Lebanon, and how it was significant in creating the opportunity to get involved with Danny Kazandjian and others engaged in developing the s…
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Chris Heal speaks to several people involved in community rugby as the situation around the lower levels of the game continues to be discussed. Featured on the podcast are Blackheath head coach James Shanahan, Fylde head coach Warren Spragg and Hinckley head coach Chris Campbell who talk through the potential cup competition for National League clu…
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In episode 13 of ‘Talking European Rugby League’ Graeme Thompson meets Jovan Vujosevic. Jovan has been a central figure in European Rugby League development. The discussions focus on his introduction to the game in Serbia - and he explains why Tina Turner played a significant role in it! He recounts the key figures and steps as rugby league returne…
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Following the conclusion of the Premiership season last weekend, TRU's Joe Harvey and Chris Heal are joined by Gloucester's Charlie Beckett. With a blockbuster weekend of Six Nations action kicking off the Autumn internationals this weekend see what they had to say about the games. Chris Heal - https://twitter.com/c_heal Joe Harvey - https://twitte…
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Chris and the Looseheadz team are joined by England international and Gloucester-Hartpury scrum-half Natasha Hunt to discuss the women's game, mental health awareness and World Cup success + Mo selects her Mars XV. Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook - https://www…
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In episode twelve of ‘Talking European Rugby League’ Graeme Thompson meets Romeo Montieth. Romeo has been an instrumental figure in the development of the game in Jamaica from over 15 years ago. He recounts the instigation to Rugby League in Jamaica in 2004, which has similarities to the 1895 rebellious birth of Rugby League. He acknowledges key ea…
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After the league season has concluded, Joe Harvey and Chris Heal discuss all of the recent news in English rugby. They start with Sale Sharks' positive Covid-19 tests, before looking forward to the Premiership Semi's and finishing with the England squad announcement on Monday. Chris Heal - https://twitter.com/c_heal Joe Harvey - https://twitter.com…
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Chris Heal and the Looseheadz trio are joined by Gloucester's Charlie Beckett and Tom Hudson to chat about their respective careers, the importance of talking about mental health, women's rugby + the lads pick an exceptional Mars XV... Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion F…
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In episode eleven of ‘Talking European Rugby League’ Graeme Thompson meets Gerard Keenan and Keith Sandhu. Gerard and Keith have been key figures in the Great Britain Student Pioneers. The Student Pioneers have been touring in Europe, Asia and Africa for 15 years, seeking to help the development of the sport in countries relatively new to it and pr…
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Chris Heal and the Looseheadz gang are joined by Karl Dickson to discuss his playing and refereeing career, nights out with Wayne Barnes, new laws and much more... Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/talkingrugbyunion Instagram - https:/…
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It has been a while since Joe and Chris gave a report on events in the Premiership. After wall to wall action in the English top flight, TRU talk about how the table is shaping up, the new matchday experience and look to this weekends European action. Chris Heal - https://twitter.com/c_heal Joe Harvey - https://twitter.com/joeharvey34 Talking Rugby…
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Chris Heal and the Looseheadz team are joined by Callum Sheedy to kick off series two of the podcast. The Bristol fly-half discusses Semi Radradra, Pat Lam & his culture, player welfare, bins & stag do's and much more...! *Recorded before Bristol played Wasps on September 13th. Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twi…
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In episode 10 of ‘Talking European Rugby League’ Graeme Thompson meets Ben Araud, who tells the tale about his trip into the unknown as he followed his dream to play Rugby League. Ben later moved into sports management with the RLEF and gives insights into Anglo-French relationships during the first decade of the 21st century. He was at the centre …
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In our ninth episode of ‘Talking European Rugby League’ Graeme Thompson meets Tiziano Franchini, a founding figure of the game in Italy whose involvement stretches back more than 20 years. Tiziano describes his Italian team debut in the 1995 World Sevens in Australia, and how he took further opportunities to develop himself as a player and as a per…
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It's episode eight of the first series of ‘Talking European Rugby League’ and Graeme Thompson meets Danny Kazandjian. Danny has had, and continues to have, significant roles in the development of the sport, and this podcast focus on his time in Lebanon. Tracing his steps back to 2002, Danny describes how he went there as a volunteer alongside his c…
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Professional rugby returns this weekend and we have got quite the preview for you. Included, we have an exclusive interview with Harlequins prop Simon Kerrod and we preview Bristol's visit from Saracens with snippets from Pat Lam, Mark McCall, Luke Morahan and Elliot Daly. Joe Harvey and Chris Heal also preview each of the games taking place this w…
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At just 22, Levi Davis has carved out quite the name for himself. Having been a part of the Celebrity X Factor last Autumn, Levi is currently on Celebs Go Virtual Dating on E4. (Image by Patrick Khachfe | Onside Images) Talking to TRU about being on reality TV and his passion for continuing his professional rugby career, you can follow Levi below. …
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Chris Heal is exclusively joined by former Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths who is the man leading the proposals for a new-look Championship. Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/talkingrugbyunion Instagram - https://www.instagra…
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In episode seven of ‘Talking European Rugby League’ Graeme Thompson meets Steve McCormack, who was Head Coach of Scotland from 2004 to 2017. Steve provides some critical coaching insights on how to prepare international teams, often within challenging timeframes. He reveals what his and the players' mindsets were when they took on the big three of …
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Chris Heal and the Looseheadz team are joined by Scotland international Hamish Watson to discuss the importance of talking, his journey in the game, representing his country, Lions ambitions and much more... Talking Rugby Union: Website - https://www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/TalkRugbyUnion Facebook - https://www.facebo…
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