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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

Let’s get serious about where all this is going!

With some trepidation because I am steeping into dark waters today – if Tom H. and his crew on the Rust’s sports team will permit me –  but I’ve suddenly come to realisation that I’m sure will also have occurred to some of our astute readers about the position to which elite sport [...]

March 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Keeping an eye upon some perennial favourites …

Here’s an update upon the latest media stories on two issues we feature regularly in our Rust sports coverage: CONCUSSION Iconic Wales rugby union player George North is even now undergoing concussion protocols as a result of yet another head injury he sustained in the last round of Six [...]

February 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend (from the rear-view mirror)

My sporting weekend began with me deliberately ‘passing’ on the opportunity to watch both Saturday’s Six Nations rugby matches because I was engaged in a wide variety of domestic matters – a move partly inspired by my experience of finding the sport increasingly boring and mundane as the [...]

February 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Refereeing and sportsmanship

I was struck by on aspect of the vibrant Six Nations international between Wales and France, namely the acceptance of a key decision. The Welsh were attacking strongly in the final quarter, pressing back France and a try seemed on the cards. Referee Matthew Carley  had to decide whether an [...]

February 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

The glorious uncertainties of sport and business

One of the developing themes in our coverage human activities is the extent to which the popularity of different elite sports affects their participants’ careers, short or long, and either boosts or hinders their projected future development. Not to place too fine a point upon it, many of the [...]

February 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

A sporting conundrum

There’s one thing I’d wish to assure regular Rusters who might be labouring under a misapprehension on the point – and that is that we don’t just sit around all day in our ‘virtual editorial offices’ actively trying to dream up new subjects upon which to begin serial debates or [...]

February 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

One down, four to go

Yesterday the McDonnell household – this North-of-the-Border member still reeling from “what might have beens” after Saturday’s Ireland v Scotland clash – was enlarged by one as usual: an eighty-year-old pal of my late father who traditionally watches Six Nations games with us because [...]

February 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

The importance of realism

Let us be blunt – despite all its special camaraderie and virtuous trappings rugby union is no different to any other sport at the highest elite level. Without donning the rose-tinted glasses, down through its illustrious amateur history those who played the game, and its many fans, wallowed in a [...]

January 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

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