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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

(Don’t) play it again, Sam …

Whenever a group of Rust columnists convenes, as you’d expect, we chat mostly about everything and nothing but there always come a point in proceedings – sometimes brief – where the watchwords behind the very purpose of this organ and what we’re trying to do get mentioned if not [...]

July 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Time to examine the entrails

Well, the England rugby team plugged a hole and managed to end their five-match losing stretch in a water-logged Newlands stadium in Cape Town yesterday with a necessarily-laboured 25-10 victory over the South Africa despite deservedly losing the series 1-2. This leaves the callow Springboks squad, [...]

June 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Something’s got to give … or get better

With the rest of the family – settled in for a weekend-fest of the football World Cup only emerging from the drawing-room for meals or comfort breaks – I was able to follow the fortunes of England rugby at my leisure in the study/snug. It may have escaped your notice but the England [...]

June 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s not over yet, but it could be …

First things first – a hearty salute to Scotland, who impressively defeated Canada 48-10 in Edmonton in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Meanwhile the traditional travails of France, England and Ireland upon their annual summer pilgrimages to the Southern Hemisphere continue in what is now [...]

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Sporting Lunch

Yesterday I had a lunch with three sporting pals, one a sportswriter. The sportswriter observed that the football World Cup Schedule in Qatar in November and December 2022, the coolest months, would require the rearrangement of 13 Premier games if the team is in the Champions League and he could [...]

May 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Where sport (and life) is going

As the world moves on, so does the appliance of scientific advance – and not least to sport. I’ve touched upon this subject previously in the context of the ways throughout history in which sports stars have sought to gain a competitive advantage because, of course, ever since human beings [...]

May 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch … and perhaps new beginnings

And so the rumours were true – Paul Gustard, one of Eddie Jones’ deputies, is to be Quins new head coach. Aged 42, he was a solid Premiership flanker who never played for England but ended his career at Saracens and switched to coaching there, since when he’s been on an upward trajectory. Why [...]

May 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Phew – that’s a relief …

Saturday 5th May 2018: Aviva Premiership, Round 22: Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs at the Stoop: Result – Harlequins 17 Exeter Chiefs 41: League points – Harlequins 0 Exeter Chiefs 5 (four for victory, plus 1 four-try bonus point); League positions – Harlequins 10th out of 12 on 36 points, Exeter [...]

May 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

I’m adopting King Canute’s approach

Today I am prompted to resume my occasional role as chief Rust correspondent on the onward march of gender equality by two developments. First among these was the recent taking over of Radio Five Live, hitherto the haven of those of us who primary waking hours’ interest is dominated by news and [...]

May 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

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