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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

Something wrong in the state of Denmark?

Through my slight connections with those who have spent time in English rugby administration, I possess a degree of ‘insider knowledge’ upon what goes on in the Premiership and indeed at the Rugby Football Union. Over the past four years I have often listened to the exasperation of a [...]

November 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Upon the eve of battle

Last night a member of the RFU Council asked my opinion upon the outcome of this afternoon’s rugby union international between England and the All Blacks – [there, I’ve always wanted to write that opening line (or at least something very like it) and for the first time in my life can [...]

November 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

I don’t BELIEVE it

We learned today that Wayne Rooney – who retired from international football before the World Cup – is to return to the England set-up as captain for a one-off friendly match against the USA at Wembley. This is a total travesty in my humble opinion. International squads should surely [...]

November 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Squeaking home at HQ

Yesterday’s 12-11 England victory against South Africa at Twickenham was an example of international rugby union at its best, a no quarter-given epic between two sides with a chance of being quarter-finalists or better at next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. Forget the recent proliferation of [...]

November 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

Here they come!

This afternoon the Northern Hemisphere (European) autumn international series will kick-off: England play South Africa at Twickenham, Wales play Scotland and Ireland play Italy. It goes without saying that rugby fans all over the United Kingdom and Eire – let alone our Italian brethren -will be [...]

November 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Eddie picks his squad

Yesterday England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones named his 36-man squad for the Northern Hemisphere autumn series of matches at Twickenham Stadium. For weeks now better journo scribes than me have been filling acres of website & newspapers column-space with speculation, analysis and reports [...]

October 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

The history and joys of Irish rugby in a broader context

Last night I watched my recording of recent BT Sport-transmitted Shoulder To Shoulder, a excellent and thought-provoking documentary made/presented by Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll on the strange not to say unique place that the sport of rugby union occupies in the relationship between Eire [...]

October 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Any more like this and I might get my mojo back

Saturday 6th November 2018: Gallagher Premiership Round 6: Harlequins v Saracens at The Stoop, kick-off 7.30pm: Result – Harlequins 20 Saracens 25: League points – Harlequins 1 losing bonus point, Saracens 4 points for the victory: new League Table positions – Saracens 2nd (6 wins from 6 [...]

October 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

The female cause rumbles on

On this organ we sometimes debate the complicated ground occupied by the stark binary issue of whether we’re either (1) out of touch with the 21st Century world and therefore should justifiably be treated as irrelevant simply because of our supposedly ‘old-fashioned’ views and the stage of [...]

September 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

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