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About Sandra McDonnell

As an Englishwoman married to a Scot, Sandra experiences some tension at home during Six Nations tournaments. Her enthusiasm for rugby was acquired through early visits to Fylde club matches with her father and her proud boast is that she has missed only two England home games at Twickenham since 1995. Sandra has three grown-up children, none of whom follow rugby. More Posts

I guess you wouldn’t start from here …

We fans of the game are in no doubt that there’s scarcely anything so compelling as a full-on rugby match between two top sides. Although that statement is intended neither a contribution to an ongoing Rust debate as to which sport is most exciting, nor indeed one on the topic of which [...]

December 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

A damp squib at Twickenham

And so rugby union’s Northern Hemisphere annual autumn international season has begun with the ‘old’ Five Nations teams all in a state of transition ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup rapidly coming into view over the horizon. Here’s my snapshot. Wales are currently trying to blood new [...]

November 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

A chip off the old block

Nature or nurture? It’s an issue that arises whenever fans discuss the physical and mental attributes that go to make an elite sporting superstar. Almost certainly the answer is somewhere along the spectrum of ‘a bit of both’, as witness the ’10,000 hours’ rule that Matthew Syed, [...]

October 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Rugby union up against it

Rugby union is a strange world sport in many respects. For the majority of those that ‘get’ it, the passion, traditions, ethos and excitement that its raw physicality, camaraderie and perceived elementary proof that that ‘there is no ‘I’ in team’ generate have no match in any [...]

October 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Knocking heads together

Leaving mana-a-mano ‘fighting’ (viz. boxing and mixed marital arts contests) aside because some might argue they’re so patently dangerous to brain health that the argument is slam-dunk unanswerable, what might be termed full-on ‘physical contact’ team sports – e.g. American football, [...]

September 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

It all started with a Big Bang!

Despite the many issues the sport of rugby union in England is wrestling with – the plan to impose a ‘unified’ global season, new rules for the new season, a still-developing set of concussion (head injury) protocols, the rows over the salary cap and the latest Premiership plan to ‘kill [...]

September 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

It may not be cricket – or rugby – as we know it …

Drawing parallels between sports can be something of a fantasy pastime, especially in the 21st Century when the commercial demands of globalisation, social media and ‘instant gratification’ can seemingly send previous time-honoured cultures, folklore and traditions askew. In the UK the 1963 [...]

August 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Nobody won, but nobody lost either

Our family spent nearly three hours yesterday morning watching the final test match between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions, one of the most exciting games of international rugby it can ever remember. That it ended as a draw via a late and controversial referring decision by Romain [...]

July 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

The fat lady is not even in the wings yet

Make no mistake about it – and irrespective of the result of next weekend’s third and final Test match – their 24-21 epic victory over the All Blacks at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday morning UK time will go down as one of the greatest moments in the long history of the [...]

July 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Well, someone’s going one-down on Saturday

These are heady days for Northern Hemisphere rugby in terms of how we’re getting on as regards our annual summer tours to the bottom end of the globe. It’s all down to the results, of course, perhaps with a bit of adrenalin-pumped anticipation thrown in to the effect that – even if [...]

June 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

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