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Way to go, Joe!

Today I am breaking this season’s duck as the Rust’s correspondent upon all things to do with Harlequins FC in response to the overnight new that loose-head prop Joe Marler has announced his retirement from international rugby with immediate effect in order to spend more time with his young [...]

September 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

A missed opportunity … or were the gods just against it?

Yesterday, on the back of my Rust piece about Danny Cipriani on Saturday, I made a point of watching the Gallagher Premiership match between Saracens and Gloucester at Allianz Park – broadcast live on BT Sport – specifically to see DC’s match-up against Owen Farrell, who on the day was [...]

September 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Some things are inevitable

England head coach Eddie Jones is no stranger to controversy – some might say he thrives upon it – but even he must be puzzled by this week’s furore in the press and social media about his non-selection of the mercurial Danny Cipriani for his early England training squad in advance of this [...]

September 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Rugby-watching on the box

Yesterday – with the family away for the bulk of the day – I managed to settle in and watch three rugby matches live on television and still have time to prepare the evening meal in time to watch the opening stanza of Strictly Come Dancing which my youngest daughter insists is mandatory viewing [...]

September 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch 2018/2019: first game of the season

Gallagher Premiership 2018/2019 – Round 1 (Saturday 1st September 2018): Harlequins v Sale Sharks at The Stoop: Result – Harlequins 51 Sale Sharks 23: Harlequins 5 league points (bonus point for 4 tries) Sale 0 league points: Harlequins 2nd in the league table, Sale Sharks 11th. Derek Williams [...]

September 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

The omens are so-so, as usual …

As rugby union’s Premiership 2018/2019 season begins this weekend, here’s a timely dose of welcome realism from Paul Rees, as spotted today upon the website of – THE [...]

August 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Pre-season and some armchair watching

We rugby union fans are now in the annual ‘Phoney war’ period before anything actually happens. Thus the (rugby) media is full of little ‘puff’ pieces from every last Tom, Dick and Harry detailing how their poor form last season was due entirely to a long term niggle but happily – this [...]

August 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Swimming against the tide

The wonderful world of supposed female political-correctness continues to dominate the British media agenda because, of course, that is where some of its most articulate proponents live and work. From this world-weary and cynical observer’s perception – and I do acknowledge the qualification [...]

August 2, 2018 // 1 Comment

The onward march continues

The campaign seeking to advance equality with men for female sporting stars inevitably risks running into a little local difficulty when coming together the harsh realities of the world. Currently the general media line is that the England women’s team in football, rugby, hockey and cricket are [...]

July 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again

Someone said to me in the pub the other day that the ongoing experience of being a committed one-club/team sports supporter is rather like a case of heroin or similar Class A drug addiction. First and foremost, you know it’s not doing you any good because 90% of the time – i.e. whenever things [...]

July 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

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