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A new kid on the block next season

In the context of rugby union’s rapidly-approaching end of the Premiership year – even though the final-knockings of the disaster that has been London Irish’s unfortunate season back in the top flight have yet to take place – let us today congratulate Bristol Rugby on its winning of the [...]

April 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Be careful what you wish for

I have posted previously upon the parlous state of rugby union’s finances, e.g. the negligible ‘profitability’ of English Premiership clubs and the fact that too little of the RFU’s healthy revenues is shared out to grassroots clubs and far-flung former bastions of the [...]

April 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Rugby: sports fans and current issues

On Monday this week Harlequins’ director of rugby John Kingston parted company ‘by mutual agreement’ with the club following Quins’ abject performance against London Irish last weekend. See here for the story as covered by Robert Kitson upon the website of – THE GUARDIAN Upon hearing the [...]

April 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

A new nadir reached

Saturday 7th April 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 19: Harlequins v London Irish at the Stoop, kick off 3.00pm: Result – Harlequins 5 (0 league points) London Irish 35 (5 league points, 4 for for the win and 1 four-try bonus point): League positions – Harlequins 9th of 12 on 36 points, London [...]

April 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another sporting round-up

Another sporting week as we approach the British summer and inevitably some of the old Rust chestnuts come to the fore. Here’s a pot pourri of those that caught my eye recently:   PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS With the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast about to begin we [...]

April 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hey ho – another wasted prelude to the Boat Race

Saturday 24th March 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 18: Saracens v Harlequins at the London Stadium: Result – Saracens 24 Harlequins 11: latest league positions – Saracens 2nd on 57 points, Harlequins 9th on 36 points. Despite having just bought tickets to go to the last home match of the season [...]

March 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

It may get worse before it gets better

Life is tough in England’s rugby Premiership – I call in evidence the fact that, based upon most recently-published results, just one club made a profit – despite some arguing with not a little justification that the major teams not only operate a cartel via the [...]

March 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

A meeting of minds

Earlier this week I joined an irregular session of dispirited erstwhile and current Quins fans at a local public house to discuss the state of the club. Let nobody beat about the bush – the motives of those attending this informal little brains trust can be confidently be filed under the headings [...]

March 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

And so, the final curtain …

Now just six days away from its conclusion, the 2018 version – already won by Ireland – of the annual Six Nations tournament has yet again provided a welcome early spring diversion for both devotees of rugby union and general sports fans. As with all of the physical contact variety, [...]

March 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Not much to write home about

Aviva Premiership, Round 17: Harlequins v Bath at the Stoop, Sunday 4th March 2018: Result – Harlequins 20 points, Bath 5. League positions – Bath 7th on 45 points, Quins 9th on 36 points. I’m not going to tell a lie. I was too busy engaged in personal things that I’d didn’t see this game [...]

March 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

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