Welcome to the home of Talking Rugby

Talking Rugby provides vocal support within rugby union to a wide range of clients across various platforms including radio, online and social media. Please click on the menu above to read about us, hear samples and see who we work with.

About Us

From live commentaries & match reports to pre or post match reaction, our range of experience has seen us work with governing bodies, sponsors, brands and other media organisations to enhance the profile of the game and the client.

Our networks include local and national commercial radio, a wealth of online sites, established social media channels plus a full list of established rugby journalists and correspondents.

If you would like to discuss how to improve the reach of your competition, sponsorship or association with rugby union, please do not hesitate to contact us via the contacts page.

The Team

Simon Ward
Managing Director/Co-founder
Simon has steadfastly refused to follow obvious career paths, so his work in the world of rugby union follows 15 years in the West End as an actor, having worked with luminaries such as Sir Trevor Nunn. He was invited into rugby union by Saracens and his hosting and broadcasting career quickly developed. In 2004, he set up Talking Rugby with Andrew Titheridge. His roles ‘on the mic’ now include TV commentary for Sky, ESPN & ITV, radio work for talkSPORT and Sky News Radio amongst others, as well as announcing at events all over the world – he is the official voice at Twickenham. Simon is the editor for the RFU podcast as well as working closely with many of our sponsors and clients on hosting specific events and campaigns. Simon plays the piano(badly), cricket (even worse) and follows the Toronto Blue Jays!
Russell Hargreaves
Managing Editor
Often titled 'the hardest working man in radio', Russ has been in journalism since graduating from Cambridge in 1999. After a year working in print and radio in Australia and the USA, he returned to home shores where via a journalism post-grad at City University, he gained full-time employment from London-based agency SportsMedia Broadcasting. It was here in 2001 that he began reporting on rugby. From reporting for GCap Media (Classic FM, Capital Radio) on the Rugby World Cup and Six Nations to a spell as Head of Sport for IRN, Russ is never far from the airwaves. His work for Talking Rugby ensures he regularly features on TalkSPORT, LBC, BFBS, IRN, various BBC regional stations and RTE in Ireland. When occasionally away from the microphone, Russ enjoys a fine New Zealand sauv blanc, a round of golf, watching most sports on the telly, as well as the arts and foreign travel. He's also busy bankrupting himself by getting married.
Nick Heath
Commentator/Social Media
Nick brought Talking Rugby into the 21st century with his social media expertise alongside a love of all things voice and sport. Another of our former actors, Nick left the stage to pursue his dream of becoming a rugby commentator. Nick initially joined the ranks as an extra interviewer before cutting his teeth reporting from Premiership matches. He now commentates for ITV, Perform, BT Sport and BBC Radio and has worked abroad on the 2011 Rugby World Cup, 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour, Women's RWC 2014 and the inaugural Singapore World Club 10s. He has announced at Twickenham, Welford Road, Franklin's Gardens, The Rec & Stamford Bridge (Chelsea FC). Nick is obsessed with dogs, DJs in his spare time and is very fond of Balham.
Andrew Titheridge
Reporter/Co-founder
Andrew (or 'Tits'), alongside a few sponsors, was responsible for setting up the relationship between rugby union and commercial radio. Andrew is a former player with Blackheath, Esher & Hampshire plus he also refereed to RFU A2 level. In broadcasting, he has covered 3 Lions' tours and 5 Rugby World Cups, including a 'daily diary' with Sir Clive Woodward in 2003 and coverage of England's triumphant victory tour of London. He has been a regular broadcaster on various stations including TalkSPORT, Capital Radio Group, BFBS, RTE Eire and many BBC stations.

Portfolio

RFU

RFU

The governing body of English Rugby have been supported by Talking Rugby as producers of the EnglandRugby.com podcast. In addition, we also conduct England player/staff interviews for syndication across our established radio networks as well as assisting with RFU TV. Simon Ward is also the official voice of Twickenham Stadium.

The Aviva Premiership

The Aviva Premiership

The Aviva Premiership is the top club competition in England and Talking Rugby have provided regular radio updates from at least one fixture almost every weekend throughout the season. Our post match reaction features on radio across the UK and via Twitter, Facebook and Audioboo.

The LV= Cup

The LV= Cup

The Anglo-Welsh cup takes place over six weekends of the season and Talking Rugby report from each round in an agreement with the tournament sponsors LV=.

Guiness

Guiness

We have worked with Guinness' agency Synergy on promotional activity throughout the season. From player interviews to campaigns and initiatives, we continue to provide media support to their involvement in rugby.

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