BT Sport Host Royal Navy Rugby Union on Rugby Tonight Programme

Rugby Tonight airs every Wednesday evening at 8pm from September to May. The studio is located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. It is a show jam-packed with player profiles, reviews and previews of all the best of the action and headline stories from the Aviva Premiership as well as the European Champions Cup. It is a show that sets out to both entertain and inform.

The show is filmed in front of an immersed live studio audience of up to 200 people of which on the 4th January 2017 sixty personnel from the RNRU have been invited to attend; who as well as taking up a third of the audience capacity have been asked to participate in demonstrations of play on the studio pitch. Celebrities and guest talent take part in studio challenges and there is plenty of fun and banter throughout. Rugby Tonight takes an informal, yet highly informative look at the game.

Pundits on the show also include 2003 World Cup Winners Ben Kay and Lawrence Dallaglio. Austin Healey looks after the social media, interacting with viewers in a way that is inclusive and fun and showing all the best rugby clips and tweets from online. Typically current international players take part and the interaction with the audience continues apace throughout the airing.

The RNRU has organised a coach from HMS Temeraire to take the participants, leaving at 1500 on the 4th January. If you would like to join in please contact either: or

Words by J Campbell-Baldwin
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