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Quins-watch (5)

With Messrs Robshaw, Brown and Marler all giving a reasonable account of themselves in  England’s 22 – 30 loss to New Zealand at Twickenham yesterday, the attention of Quins fans has returned to the pressing issue of the moment – the Club’s stuttering start to the 2013/2014 season. The [...]

November 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

England 0 Chile 2

One of the best experts on South American football is your Tim Vickery. As Fiorentina have so many South American players we are regularly in contact. Tim is a great admirer of Chilean football for its fluidity. So it was no surprise to either of us that they beat England comfortably . At [...]

November 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Revisiting The Past

Last night I stayed up way past my bedtime, specifically to watch a heavyweight version of the Sky Sports Prizefighter format, in which eight fighters take part in a mini-tournament of three-round bouts to claim a £32,000 bounty. An added attraction was the opportunity to witness a cameo [...]

November 15, 2013 // 1 Comment

The Tanner Report

The appointment of Rene Meulensteen will come as a great source of relief. For 2 years Fulham have been drifting but not under any real danger of relegation. This year the form has been little short of a relegation team. You never know as a supporter what goes on in the training ground or in the [...]

November 15, 2013 // 1 Comment

ENGLAND 32 CANADA 3

Both women’s rugby internationals I have witnessed in the flesh have been staged at the Twickenham Stoop. Three years ago, the atmosphere was special, and the place rocking nearly an hour before kick-off, when New Zealand prevailed by the margin of 13-10 over England in the 2010 Rugby World Cup [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

FILE ON FIORENTINA

I was in London for a couple of days meeting up with the Executives of BT sport. Britain is one of the most insular of soccer nations with little coverage of the European Leagues so I question whether BT bagging of the Champions and Europa League rights will be the same driver as the Premier [...]

November 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

THE TANNER REPORT

The body language of Marin Jol, arms crossed, head lowered is one of a man shortly to go the gallows. We are now in international fortnight when lack of incident will only lead to more intense press speculation on his future at Fulham . I do not feel sorry for him: he is well paid, will get a fat [...]

November 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

QUINS-WATCH (3)

ENGLAND v ARGENTINA Of the Quins contingent yesterday, Mike Brown failed to match his outstanding display against Australia. However, he was solid in all he did and – to my mind – has cemented his position as the Numero Uno full back. Joe Marler (loosehead prop) was inconspicuous and [...]

November 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

QUINS-WATCH (2)

Yesterday Quins scrum half Danny was added to the bench for today’s England international against Argentina, because of a Ben Youngs injury niggle. Lee Dickson of Northampton Saints is unaffected as the starting 9. You might say I’m biased but Danny is the top scrum half in England. Ben Youngs [...]

November 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

CHESS OPENING

Many reading Neil Rosen’s reference to Humphrey Bogart may not know that the Hollywood legend was a most capable chess player who even invented his own opening.  i do not know of any contemporary film stars who play the game but sportsmen Ossie Ardiles and Steve Davis are enthusatic and more [...]

November 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

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