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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

With Braveheart on our lips

Like many Scots, this weekend’s Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield against the ‘Auld Enemy’ fills me with a mix of over-excited anticipation and just a dash of dread. The irrelevancies of everyday life seem to have paled into insignificance as those of us old enough to do so recall [...]

February 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

A successful man-management lesson? Possibly …

Yesterday Quins prop Joe Marler was widely quoted in the press talking about how things have been since he re-joined the England training squad towards the end of his six-week ban after being re-carded for ‘clearing out’ TJ Ioane at a ruck with a deliberate shoulder-shot to the head, allegedly [...]

February 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thanks and farewell to a treasured rugby icon

And so Ian Robertson is retiring from his BBC jobs as rugby union commentator and reporter. Declaring my twofold interest immediately – ‘Robbo’ is both my fellow countryman and has been a ‘secret crush’ of mine ever since his international playing days – [...]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Six Nations: it’s early days yet

At their elite levels rugby union football is a very different sport to its association counterpart because of its physicality. Arguably, there is little more delightful to watch than a great soccer team going about its business – not for nothing is it called ‘the beautiful game’ – and [...]

February 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

It never rains but it pours

No apologies from me today for continuing to chronicle the the plethora of troubles facing the sport of rugby union – and certainly none of them attracting ‘I told you so’ comments from me. DOES THE THE GAME’S ADMINISTRATION WORK FOR EVERYONE? Last week I spoke to a [...]

January 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Rearranging the deck chairs

As the Six Nations squads for 2018 are announced this week, the ongoing issues for England’s Premiership clubs are not going away. Hard on the heels of recent media coverage detailing the clubs’ financial travails – but one of them making an operational profit, Worcester Warriors [...]

January 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

The end is nigh …

For my last post of 2017 – now in the midst of festive season planning and last minute shopping – I thought I would offer a brief review of where English rugby union has reached after another heady but hectic past twelve months. On the negative front, the Aviva Premiership continues down its [...]

December 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

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

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