ESPNscrum Overview

ESPNscrum Overview

Founded in 1997 (and acquired by ESPN in 2007), ESPNscrum serves rugby union fans with an informative and entertaining mix of news, live minute-by-minute match coverage and live scores, as well as features and analysis from some of the sport’s leading writers and personalities. The site also offers an unrivalled stats database, player profiles, plus original video (including highlights of Aviva Premiership Rugby action), fantasy games and more. Completing ESPNscrum’s offering are the ESPNscrum podcast and the dedicated Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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ESPNscrum is among the leading global destinations for rugby news and information (ranked 3rd worldwide) and continues to grow nearly doubling its unique audience worldwide in the past 12 months and more than tripling its audience in UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa over the same period.

Based in London, the site’s editorial team is anchored by Senior Editor Graham Jenkins and features contributors including former Wales and British & Irish Lions international John Taylor, as well as ex-England internationals, and ESPN rugby analysts, Austin Healey and Ben Kay.  The site also has correspondents on the ground in all of the major rugby union playing nations globally.

Continuing its commitment to the global game of rugby union, ESPNscrum will be on site in New Zealand at the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup.

ESPNscrum writers & contributors

 

Martin Williamson: Group Managing Editor

Martin Williamson is group managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining ESPNcricinfo in 2001, Williamson was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch Sky News Online.

 

Graham Jenkins: Senior Editor

Graham Jenkins first packed down with ESPNscrum in the summer of 1999 in the build-up to the sport’s fourth World Cup and has remained a key player in the site’s development ever since as a staff writer, editor and columnist. He balanced his duties with spells at Sportal, BBC Sport and IMG but he returned to the site on a full time basis in 2007 in the role of Senior Editor. He is responsible for all editorial output and will spearhead the site’s coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Tom Hamilton: Assistant Editor

Tom joined ESPN in 2011 following a short stint with Rugby Players’ Association having recently completed his journalism training at News Associates. Tom’s journalistic experience includes work with The Rugby Paper, the Bath Chronicle, The Independent and Sportsbeat.

Austin Healey: contributor

Austin Healey earned 51 Test caps for England and toured with the British & Irish Lions in 1997 and 2001 during a distinguished playing career that also included Premiership and Heineken Cup success with Leicester Tigers. Austin is lead analyst for ESPN’s live and exclusive televised coverage of Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Ben Kay: contributor

A six-time Premiership champion with Leicester Tigers and a Rugby World Cup winner with England in 2003, Ben Kay also toured with the British & Irish Lions in 2005. Ben is co-commentator for ESPN’s live and exclusive televised coverage of Aviva Premiership Rugby.

John Taylor: contributor

John Taylor won his first cap for Wales at the age of 21 and played 26 Tests during the golden era of Welsh rugby. He also toured with the Lions twice, in 1968 and again in 1971, when he played in all four Tests as they beat the All Blacks to record the Lions’ only series victory in New Zealand. He retired from playing in 1978 and began a successful career in broadcasting, journalism and has been a regular contributor to ESPNscrum since 1999.

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