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The influence of testosterone upon sporting performance

As regular readers will be aware – and to the frustration of some including our marketing department – one of the features of the Rust is its deliberate lack of a particular political or other stance on any subject including the pursuit of popularity or commercial success. It is what it is [...]

October 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Now for the crunch

Now to the serious business. A month into this momentous Rugby World Cup we now know the line-up for the next weekend’s Quarter-Finals: just for the record, England v Australia in Oita and New Zealand v Ireland in Tokyo on Saturday; Wales v France in Oita and Japan v South Africa in Tokyo on [...]

October 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Then and now … and then some

For those of generations after mine – and indeed my own to the extent that memories may be fading – one of Britain’s light-entertainment stars of yester-year was proud Yorkshireman Wilfred Pickles (1904-1978). Pickles’ signature radio programme Have A Go graced the BBC airwaves from 1947 to [...]

October 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Torn away

Following Tom Hollingworth’s comments on the typhoon blowing the World Cup off its previous assured, well organised, chartered course, I would like add my happ’orth. As usual in modern sport there is little concern or consideration for the paying fan. There are 10,000 Scottish fans in Tokyo [...]

October 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Thoughts coming into this sporting weekend

RUGBY WORLD CUP As Japan braces itself for super-typhoon Hagabis and sympathy undoubtedly ought to be extended to everyone affected by its arrival including those fans who have travelled half way around the world and booked hotels and tickets for matches which now will not take place, plus those [...]

October 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Perfection – or glorious uncertainty?

Yesterday sports editor Tom Hollingworth posted an early-morning instant personal reaction to the impact of that super-typhoon Hagibis had wreaked upon the hitherto admirable smooth running of the 2019 Rugby World Cup even before it had hit land. Having, like all good and true followers begun my [...]

October 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Blown away

Overnight I was listening to Rhod Sharp’s Up All Night programme on Radio Five Live when it cut at 4.00am (UK time) live and direct to Rugby World Cup press conference at which it was announced that two games on Saturday have been cancelled – one of them the Pool C shoot-out between England and [...]

October 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Turning up the volume

Make no mistake, thanks to the choice of host nation and the party atmosphere generated by the fans, this is already a great Rugby World Cup despite the on-pitch controversies over new high tackle rules and the ‘slippery ball’ handling errors caused by the temperatures, humidity and dew. At the [...]

October 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Pargie’s sporting weekend

I haves been off the air these past weeks after my big win on Danny Willett at Wentworth. Good to see the Sheffield slugger back to winning ways and nice few quid in my coffers. I duly noted Jeremy Chapman’s tips for the Spanish Open and the US PGA Shriners Children Hospital in Las Vegas without [...]

October 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

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