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An epic day of sport

I can scarcely remember a more epic, less predictable, cornucopia of sport than Saturday. On Friday we had a reunion lunch of sports writing colleagues. These can be depressing affairs as one or others drop off the perch and we reminisce on the “good old days “ of creative accounting with [...]

March 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

England have serious issues to address before RWC

Some two seasons now into my ‘break’ from Quins – a state of mind akin to that of a recovering alcoholic, i.e. (medical folklore has it) never cured but at best in ongoing temporary remission – yesterday I settled down with family and friends to watch the final afternoon of 2019 Six [...]

March 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

An evening of televised sport

Yesterday was bathed in warm sunshine – one might suggest surprisingly so given the time of year – and locals and tourists came out in their droves in my part of the metropolis to enjoy the spring-like conditions. Having decided at the outset to spend my late afternoon and evening watching [...]

February 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Sporting Weekend

The appalling weather is not confined to here as the USPGA in Pebble Beach is, as I write, unfinished though Phil Mickelson holds a three point lead with only a few holes remaining. It’s such a beautiful part of the world with breakers and cliffs alongside the 3 courses but the waves were [...]

February 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

It was a mixed weekend for me with losses in the Six Nations, Premier and Superbowl redeemed by top seven finishes by Ian Poulter living up to his nickname The Postman (he always delivers) and Matt Kuchar. Above all, it was a superb weekend of sport . It started on Friday with France v Wales. I [...]

February 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Off and running

I watched Ireland’s fascinating opening Six Nations clash with England in Dublin – a great game by any yardstick – on television yesterday at a family gathering in the country. As other Rust correspondents have pointed out, rugby union is in a strange place. With elite players 10% bigger [...]

February 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

The delicate art of self-preservation

When last week I read in the media of a World Rugby summit held in the United States at which various ideas were considered to broaden the appeal of the sport around the world, including the old chestnut of expanding the Six Nations tournament and also setting up a 12-Nation around the world [...]

February 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again

Upon the eve of a sporting contest – indeed any contest un which life and limb may be at stake – it is not unknown for those directly or indirectly involved to turn to thoughts of Shakespeare’s Henry V, Act IV, Scene 3 and the King’s famous speech to his troops on the eve of battle at [...]

January 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

A weekly round-up of sorts

The Rust sports department unashamedly reports from time to time upon its pet campaigning topics – this year performance-enhancing drugs (as usual); gender issues; athlete-health/welfare; aspects of sporting ‘business reality; and just corruption generally – and therefore today makes no [...]

January 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

End of term report

Yesterday the England rugby autumn international season ended with a relatively straightforward 37-18 home victory over a depleted Australian side at Twickenham for an overall three wins, one loss (15-16 to New Zealand) record. Personally, I’d describe this as a 7 out of 10 outcome given where [...]

November 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

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