What is #RugbyChat?

#RugbyChat is a Twitter chat about all things rugby. We predominately cover topics that refer to the professional game primarily Tier 1 and Tier 2 Internationals, 7s, Super Rugby, European Rugby Champions and Challenge Cups, Aviva Premiership and Pro12. We have also talked about womens’ rugby, growing the game, rugby in the Americas, concussion, lower tier professional club rugby, rugby laws and any hot rugby topics.

I ran #RugbyChat for over 100 weeks from the 10th of February 2015, currently I’m hosting them on an add-hoc basis.

What is a Twitter Chat?

A Twitter chat is a conversation on twitter that is centred around a hashtag for a set amount of time on a regular basis. Using the hashtag allows you to see and reply to all the comments without having to follow all the people.

When is #RugbyChat?

#RugbyChat is normally on a Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm NZ time. As people around the world check in and see the tweets, the chat will continue sporadically over the following 15hrs or so. Please do feel free to chip in afterwards if you have point you’d like to make.

With timezones and the different day light saving changes, the time of the chat will move for different countries. Below are the times in different countries and when it changes.

Australia (Sydney) UK South Africa USA (NY)
Until 7 Mar 2017 6pm 7am 9am 2am
From 14 Mar 2017 6pm 7am 9am 3am
From 28 Mar 2017 6pm 8am 9am 3am
From 4 Apr 2017 6pm 9am 10am 4am

Why isn’t there a #RugbyChat in the UK evening?

I would love to run another #RugbyChat in the UK evening, however that is the NZ morning and I’m at work. There have been a number of Pop-up #RugbyChat when I have been out of work. If you know someone or are someone who would like to sponsor #RugbyChat, so that I can work part-time then please get in-touch via @DrivingMaul on Twitter.

Twitter Chat Etiquette

  • Retweet all the questions
  • Always use #RugbyChat in your tweets so everybody can see your comments
  • The hosts questions will start with Q and a number, for example:

  • Use A and the number if you are not replying to a tweet so that people know what you are referring to
  • Be civil and respect other people’s opinions, we all love rugby
  • In #RugbyChat I welcome any rugby related questions that you would like to throw out there for discussion

Twitter Chat Tools

There are several tools out there that you can use to follow a Twitter chat. Personally I use TweetDeck which is a free tool produced by Twitter. In there it is good to setup three columns:

  • Searching for #RugbyChat, to see all the comments
  • @DrivingMaul feed, to see the Qs
  • Notifications, to see any replies from people that forget to use #RugbyChat

This way you can keep track of the questions/topics and what people are saying.

I look forward to chatting to you during the next #RugbyChat.