Portrait of  Chris Irvine Chris Irvine

c.j.irvine@hud.ac.uk | 01484 47


Outside the university Chris is rugby league correspondent for The Times and Sunday Times. He appears regularly on television, including the weekly Super League Backchat programme on Sky Sports, and is a rugby pundit on BBC 5 Live and various other radio stations. Chris is also editor of generic content for match programmes at seven Super League clubs, including Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls, as part of his freelance business, Irvine Media Ltd, which he has operated since 1991. He spent three years editing major match programmes for the Rugby Football League.

Chris began his journalistic career as a junior news reporter on the Warrington Guardian. He later became crime correspondent and an assistant news editor on the Coventry Evening Telegraph. He spent three years as a news reporter and political commentator on the Yorkshire Post and then joined Scotland on Sunday newspaper in Edinburgh to head up a special investigations unit. He worked as a news producer at Yorkshire Television before concentrating on sports reporting from 1992.

He has written three books on rugby, two of them based on a popular daily blog for Times Online, and in 2012 wrote the acclaimed autobiography of New Zealand and former Bradford Bulls and Huddersfield Giants legend Robbie Hunter-Paul. Chris has reported on more than 20 sports for The Times and from most corners of the globe.

Research and Scholarship

Chris researches in the areas of rugby league and rugby league history in his role as correspondent on the sport for The Times and Sunday Times.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

Research Degree Supervision

Chris Irvine is particularly interested in co-supervising projects with postgraduate students at both MA and PhD level in the following research areas:

  • Rugby League
  • Rugby League history