Director of rugby Steve Hill hailed his skipper Will Warden as a “true Richmond great” after they sealed the National League One title on Saturday.

A 33-29 win at nearest challengers Hartpury College on Saturday means that, with two games to spare, Richmond cannot be caught at the top of the table.

Tries from Charlie Broughton, Sam Stuart, Jamie Thompson and Tom Sargeant secured a bonus point, while Rob Kirby kicked 11 points and Rory Lynn kicked two to secure the win and promotion to the Championship.

However, while hailing his players’ commitment throughout the season, Hill saved special mention for his skipper – who has 120 Richmond appearances under his belt.

“Richmond has had the services of many fine rugby players throughout its long history,” he said.

“There can be none finer, in my opinion, than our warrior leader Will Warden.

“He led his players today through the toughest of battles and emerged victorious. A true Richmond great.”

He added: “But I have nothing but admiration for this group of men.

“Hartpury were the best team we have faced this season and each time they took the lead we found a way to peg them back.

“The boys showed huge belief in each other and in the systems they have built this season – and in the end this proved the difference, not just on Saturday but throughout the season.”

Richmond host Rosslyn Park this weekend, before completing their domestic duties at home to Plymouth Albion on April 30.