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One who made it and one who never did

For a fascinating piece on an all-time English cricketing great – and also a New Zealander who toured represented his country at both cricket and rugby, albeit without playing a Test match in either – Rusters interested in sport should follow my link below to Simon Burnton’s [...]

June 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

A welcome return on the far side of the world

Yesterday, tipped off by reading Sandra McDowell’s piece in the Rust, after going out for a short walk to collect my newspapers, I made a deliberate decision to tune in to the Sky Sports Main Event channel and have the inaugural match of New Zealand’s new five-team rugby tournament Super Rugby [...]

June 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

Fiddling while Rome burns (and why not?)

Somewhere around 6.30am this morning Him Indoors will be bringing me my first cup of weekend tea in bed. After that we shall gradually prepare to make our way to the drawing room to watch Sky Sports’ live coverage of the Highlanders taking on the Chiefs in Dunedin in the opening game of Super [...]

June 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

‘Tisn’t fair! (but it may be life)

Please pardon the self-pitying whine but there’s little doubt that the sports fans among us could be forgiven for coming to the view that we have more to lose than most from the present coronavirus crisis. Arguably elite female sport in the UK has come under huge pressure precisely because its [...]

May 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

After the virus – or fiddling while Rome burns

In these uncertain times it is inevitable that occasionally one’s thoughts turn to the future and specifically how things might – or will – be once “normality” has returned. Admittedly the concept does have its complications – whose “normality” are we talking about? Many I speak to [...]

May 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

A pair of sporting stories in the UK newspapers

It’s in the nature of this world that necessity is the mother of invention. One potentially positive aspect of this coronavirus crisis is that the lockdown has prompted a wide range of people to come up with unusual, novel and inventive ways of “doing those things that they always intended to [...]

May 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sporting comparisons

A quiz is doing the football rounds of an Earth best ever XI v Mars. It’s bit of fun but behind it is the serious question of comparison of players from different eras. Yesterday I was engaged in a conversation with a fellow Ruster on this very point. Great soccer players from the 60s and 70s [...]

May 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

The greatest sporting teams

The present somewhat sleepy sports desk of the Rust has been stirred to life by an email Alan Tanner received from a group of Irish and American Fulham supporters with their list of the best  sporting sides. The list reflected their provenance with Gaelic football teams and US College teams in [...]

April 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Stuff keeps happening

As part of an assistance drive for Rusters, we occasionally provide a linking service to media stories that have caught the eye. Here are some from the UK  newspapers today: POLITICS Firstly, the latest piece by Tom Peck which appears today upon the website of – THE INDEPENDENT Next, that [...]

March 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s tough out there when fundamentals don’t work

The subject of elite women’s sport is a vexed one in which aspiration, political-correctness and straightforward business reality collide with a distinctive but compelling thud. Here on The Rust we take no particular delight in occasionally drawing attention to, or commenting upon, some of [...]

March 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

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