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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

I suppose you could (just) make it up

Following Sandra McDonnell’s piece in the Rust touching upon the Saracens scandal engulfing rugby’s English Premiership, here is a link to a piece by Robert Kitson that appears today upon the website of – THE [...]

January 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

The growing pains of a major world sport

Rugby union’s capacity to exhibit the complexities and difficulties of a modern sport trying to advance in all directions – without yet generating the sort of income, turnover and profit that make any business model being applied actually work – continues to startle. The lack of any [...]

January 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

A blast from the past

Those familiar with the Rust’s sports pages may recall an era now fast receding in the rear-view mirror during which fellow columnist Derek Williams, a Harlequins fan of many years, reported upon matters relating to Premiership rugby. In what became in many ways a fascinating but sobering [...]

January 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

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

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