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Going through the motions

Some older readers may remember my former life wherefrom I reported for the Rust upon matters pertaining to Harlequins FC, the Premiership rugby union club from a personal viewpoint as an unabashed and devoted – not to say one-eyed – fan and supporter. About three seasons ago all that [...]

November 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Heaven can wait

My subject today is one of sport’s current cause célèbres – the use of video technology to ‘improve’ the quality of refereeing and umpiring decisions. Even that statement raises an issue. Simply because it involves judgements and decisions made by one or more human beings, the skill of [...]

November 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

The morning after the night before – and the future

As the Rust‘s delegation returns from the Rugby World Cup – one of those expeditions that shall remain long in the memory – the world of rugby union is just beginning to wrestle with the aftermath of a brilliantly-staged tournament and the attendant issues that face the sport, [...]

November 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

Summing up

We asked our Rusters on their last day to sum up their thoughts on the Rugby World Cup and otherwise. Granite Grant Logan: It was a brave decision to give the World Cup to Japan and one that paid off. Time was – and it was not so long ago – that the All Blacks and Wallabies were putting [...]

November 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

Reflections on a bad night

As the only Ruster to predict a South African victory, I was given the gig of the match report. You have seen the game on TV, read reports in the media – social or conventional press – so there is not match more to add. I will therefore give my impressions on being there and my theory [...]

November 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

Japanese disaster – viewed from the sofa

So that’s it, then. Another World Cup – rugby’s this time – and “our boys” fall at the Final hurdle again. Global supremacy and immortality oh so near and yet also so far. But that’s how it should be, isn’t it? Wonder, vindication, elation and glory for one finalist – [...]

November 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

Prediction time

Both my heart and head say England but I have worries over fitness of Jonny May and Owen Farrell. If the Boks play a kicking game May and Watson can cope. If George Ford is targeted Tom Curry and Sam Underhill will protect him and the English pack won’t be overwhelmed. England 5-20 points [...]

November 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

The 1964 Tokyo Olympiad

With the Olympics in Tokyo next year, there was much discussion in the party on the 1964 Olympiad there. We Brits produced 4 gold winners (Lynn “The Leap” Davies, Ken Matthews the marathon walker, Ann Packer in the 800m and Mary Rand in athletics and long jump. I argued the case that Mary Rand [...]

November 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

With just 24 hours and counting to go …

Having yesterday seen some of the early rushes from the Channel Four documentary being made about our intrepid Rusters’ Tour de Japan I am confident that the British public will be in for a veritable treat – not to mention a suitably entertaining antidote to whatever the result of the General [...]

November 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Accepting the challenge

I had to explain certain rules and practices of international rugby to Bob Tickler who was sitting next to me for England v New Zealand. He noticed and noted Mako Vinipola and Joe Marler were encroaching on the Haka – for which England have now been fined – and I said at the time to him [...]

October 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

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