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Alex McLeod Articles: 1172 Alex McLeod RugbyPass writer based in Dunedin, NZ. Since first entering the media industry as a student at the Auckland University of Technology, Alex has written for media outlets across the country, including the New Zealand Herald and Otago Daily Times. Now covers all things All Blacks, Super Rugby and Mitre 10 Cup-related.
Alex Shaw Articles: 1140 Alex Shaw Alex is a rugby journalist who specialises in talent identification and can usually be found on the sidelines of age-grade matches up and down the UK. Having previously written for publications such as Rugby World and Planet Rugby, Alex is now full-time with RugbyPass.
Andy Goode Articles: 212 Andy Goode Following an 18 year career which led to him becoming the second highest points scorer in Premiership History, Andy Goode is fast becoming one of the top rugby pundits in the UK. Goodey provides RugbyPass with weekly analysis and opinion on European rugby with a particular focus on England and the Premiership. He is also the host of a regular ‘Ask Goodey’ Facebook live.
Ben Kay Articles: 8 Ben Kay Ben Kay played nearly 300 games for Leicester in the second-row and represented England on 62 occasions, winning the World Cup in 2003 and appearing in the 2007 Final. He was a tourist on the 2005 Lions tour, and since retiring he has forged a successful career as a commentator. He also runs an advertising agency, Pablo and until recently sat on the board of directors at Leicester Tigers.
Ben Smith Articles: 542 Ben Smith Ben is a Kiwi columnist at RugbyPass specialising in analysis, breaking down rugby as he sees it to provide insight into what professional teams are trying to do around the world.
Campbell Burnes Articles: 111 Campbell Burnes Campbell Burnes is one of New Zealand’s most experienced active rugby writers, having first taken up the quill in 2000. His work has appeared in myriad print publications and online, including the NZ Herald and the Irish Examiner. Burnes has also made regular radio and TV appearances over the years, and has written for Rugby Pass since 2017, the same year he was media manager for Auckland Rugby. He is also the co-editor of the Rugby Almanack.
Chris Jones Articles: 857 Chris Jones Rugby and tennis correspondent of the Evening Standard for 22 years . Now in Sunday Times, ESPN,Mail on Sunday, Express, Mailonline and RugbyPass.
Claire Thomas Articles: 1 Claire Thomas Claire Thomas has lived and breathed sport all her life, covering it as a student whilst competing at international level. Now a full time broadcaster, she's never happier than when commentating on the Allianz Premier 15s, tearfully belting out Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, or painstakingly pausing Squidge Rugby videos so she can cackle at all the tiny in-jokes.
Daniel Gallan Articles: 14 Daniel Gallan Daniel is an award-winning freelance journalist from Johannesburg now living and working in London (though the only Lions he'll ever support call Ellis Park home). Daniel currently contributes to RugbyPass and his work has appeared across a number of platforms including The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, CNN, The Rugby Paper and SA Rugby Magazine. He primarily produces long read features for New Frame exploring the intersecting lines between sport and politics.
Finn Morton Articles: 115 Finn Morton After playing, coaching, reffing and obsessing, Finn decided to pursue a career writing about the sport that he truly has an unhealthy passion for.
Gavin Harper Articles: 30 Gavin Harper A freelance sports journalist who has written for Scottish Sports Mail, World Rugby, Six Nations, The Rugby Paper among others, with a special focus on Scottish rugby.
Hamish Bidwell Articles: 140 Hamish Bidwell Hamish has been an opinion and sports writer for over 20 years in New Zealand, featuring on RNZ, New Zealand Herald, Stuff.co.nz, and RugbyPass.
Ian Cameron Articles: 2108 Ian Cameron Journalist and RugbyPass UK editor based in Dublin, Ireland.
Jack O'Rourke Articles: 45 Jack O'Rourke Australian based rugby writer and former player who has been working in journalism and media. Contributed to Green & Gold Rugby and rugby.com.au. In awe of Taniela Tupou's quads.
Jack Tunney Articles: 13 Jack Tunney Rugby fanatic turned writer. Jack with his personable writing style has written many important articles for RugbyPass, RugbyDump and various newspapers around the south-west of England. Stuck abroad during 3 separate global pandemics…now banned from attending away games overseas.
Jack Zorab Articles: 2 Jack Zorab A multi-sport commentator, reporter and writer. In rugby Jack commentates for TV and online on the Premiership, the HSBC World Sevens Series, the World Rugby U20s Championship, the Rugby World Cup Repechage, the Greene King IPA Championship, among other tournaments.
James Harrington Articles: 225 James Harrington Cheese-eating, wine-drinking, France-living freelance sports journalist. Mostly rugby, must be said...Also knackered dad of three...
Jamie Lyall Articles: 355 Jamie Lyall A BBC-trained broadcast journalist and sports commentator, who has covered elite rugby and football matches for BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Scotland and Premier Sports. Jamie specialises in long-form rugby content for RugbyPass and TheXV.rugby
Jess Hayden Articles: 20 Jess Hayden Freelance rugby journalist and women’s sport consultant having worked for World Rugby, British & Irish Lions, The Times, The Sunday Times, Guardian and RugbyPass. She writes about both men's and women's rugby, with a particular specialism in the women's game. Jess is RugbyPass' resident women's rugby columnist based in the UK.
Jim Hamilton Articles: 28 Jim Hamilton Big Jim is a content director and producer for RugbyPass. After a glittering career for Saracens and Scotland, including a famous hat-trick versus India, Jim has established himself as a self-proclaimed media mogul and produces editorial, interviews, documentaries and features for RugbyPass.
Josh Raisey Articles: 1116 Josh Raisey Josh Raisey is a sports journalist based in London covering most competitions in the northern hemisphere, having worked in football and cricket previously but now with a focus on rugby.
Kim Ekin Articles: 455 Kim Ekin Global Head of Content & Data at RugbyPass.
Liam Heagney Articles: 3422 Liam Heagney A seasoned rugby journalist, Liam hails from Limerick and has travelled the globe covering World Cups, Lions tours, Six Nations Championships and European Cup campaigns. A member of Ashbourne RFC, he is now expanding his horizons after 17 plus years at the Irish national newspaper coalface.
Lucy Lomax Articles: 34 Lucy Lomax Lucy Lomax has been working in sports journalism, communications and digital content production for the past seven years. Lucy's career to date has seen her work for organisations such as BBC Sport, Harlequins Rugby, the English Institute of Sport and Team GB as well as hosting the Female Athlete Podcast. Lucy is passionate about supporting women in sport, and in particular helping to promote and grow the game of women’s rugby.
Luke Stockwell Articles: 3 Luke Stockwell Luke is a multimedia journalist with a huge passion for rugby. With a background in broadcast, Luke is now writing rather than talking about sport. He loves all areas of rugby and has even been a ref!
Michael Pulman Articles: 49 Michael Pulman Michael Pulman is a freelance sports journalist based in Hamilton, New Zealand. Since studying a Bachelor of Media Arts in 2014, Michael has covered the Chiefs in Super Rugby, All Blacks, Mitre 10 Cup Rugby and has also covered cricket. In his spare time, Michael enjoys gaming, music and hanging out with friends and family.
Mike Rehu Articles: 94 Mike Rehu Content creator, media mentor and parent, contributing writer at RugbyPass.
Nick Turnbull Articles: 90 Nick Turnbull Writer at RugbyPass and father, husband, coach at home. Newcastle Utd & Hibernian fan. Lactose tolerant.
Owain Jones Articles: 199 Owain Jones Owain Jones has been writing about rugby for over 16 years and is one of the most respected rugby journalists in the northern hemisphere. He has worked with World Rugby, the Six Nations, the British & Irish Lions and latterly as editor of Rugby World from 2011 to 2018.
Peteso Cannon Articles: 91 Peteso Cannon Senior Videographer for RugbyPass, M.A. National Film School, IADT.
Philip Bendon Articles: 1 Philip Bendon Philip is a rugby journalist with a background in covering the sport at all levels. Having started out covering National One fixtures in the UK. He has gone on to write for several publications such as Planet Rugby, Rugby365 and RugbyDump. Due to his background of being an Irish/Saffa mix he has a particular focus on the sport in the two countries. His biggest passion however is reminding everyone of the glory days of Munster Rugby.
Sam Roberts Articles: 16 Sam Roberts Rugby commentator, broadcaster and writer for Channel 5 Sport, DAZN, Sky Sports Rugby and TheXV. Most sports will get him going, but rugby tends to be where people start employing him.
Sam Smith Articles: 2012 Sam Smith Roving reporter and RugbyPass Employee of the Month Runner Up, March 2016. Based on ?whitu, Aotearoa.
Tom Vinicombe Articles: 1214 Tom Vinicombe A passionate follower of rugby all across the globe. Tom is based in London and was born in New Zealand but has also spent time living in Japan.
Online Editors Articles: 11674 Online Editors The team of Online Editors at RugbyPass keep you up to the minute with all the very latest breaking rugby news.
PA Articles: 3086 PA PA Media is a multimedia news agency operating in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
AAP Articles: 1911 AAP AAP is Australia’s national news agency, delivering a continuous stream of breaking news, information and photographs direct to subscribers. With an international network of journalists, photographers and producers, AAP Newswire covers all the significant stories which shape the daily news agenda – across national and international news, politics, sports and finance.
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