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Marvin got it so right

[Today I am straying beyond the safe and narrow path of my rugby union remit of the Rust and into unchartered and perhaps random and unconnected waters – and so I begin by begging my readers to bear with me on the journey.] Marvin Gaye, shot dead by his own father on 1st April 1984, the day [...]

March 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

Manchester abuse does not bode well for rugby union

As I type this I am not aware  whether the unsavoury incident in Manchester last Sunday morning, in which England rugby’s head coach Eddie Jones was verbally abused by four men on his way to watch a soccer match at Old Trafford, involved four of my own countrymen, but it does draw attention [...]

March 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Dark days

Saturday 24th February 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 16: Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons at the Stoop: Result – Harlequins 10 Newcastle Falcons 28: League positions – Newcastle Falcons 4th on 46 points, Harlequins 9th on 32 points. I should estimate that approximately 40% of incoming feedback [...]

February 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

With Braveheart on our lips

Like many Scots, this weekend’s Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield against the ‘Auld Enemy’ fills me with a mix of over-excited anticipation and just a dash of dread. The irrelevancies of everyday life seem to have paled into insignificance as those of us old enough to do so recall [...]

February 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

A case of familiarity breeding contempt

Saturday 17th February 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 15; Leicester Tigers v Harlequins at Welford Road, kick-off 3.00pm; Result – Leicester Tigers 33 Harlequins 18; Leicester Tigers 5 points (win plus four-try bonus point), Harlequins 0 points; Standings after Round 15 – Leicester Tigers 7th on [...]

February 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

A successful man-management lesson? Possibly …

Yesterday Quins prop Joe Marler was widely quoted in the press talking about how things have been since he re-joined the England training squad towards the end of his six-week ban after being re-carded for ‘clearing out’ TJ Ioane at a ruck with a deliberate shoulder-shot to the head, allegedly [...]

February 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thanks and farewell to a treasured rugby icon

And so Ian Robertson is retiring from his BBC jobs as rugby union commentator and reporter. Declaring my twofold interest immediately – ‘Robbo’ is both my fellow countryman and has been a ‘secret crush’ of mine ever since his international playing days – [...]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Same old, same old’ fare at the Stoop

Sunday 11th February 2018: Aviva Premiership Rugby – Round 14: Harlequins v Wasps at the Stoop, kick-off 1.00pm: Result – Harlequins 22 Wasps 44: New League positions – Wasps 3rd on 44 points, Quins 9th on 32. Wasps team photo (19th Century) It was another in the ongoing fierce [...]

February 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Video evidence

I will not presume the same degree of rugby knowledge as Sandra and Derek but I did watch England beat Wales. To me it was an exciting but scrappy match and did not convince of England’s credentials to prosper in the World Cup next year. I would like to return to topic which I have covered, [...]

February 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Six Nations: it’s early days yet

At their elite levels rugby union football is a very different sport to its association counterpart because of its physicality. Arguably, there is little more delightful to watch than a great soccer team going about its business – not for nothing is it called ‘the beautiful game’ – and [...]

February 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

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