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Next stop decline and fall?

Most Sundays I manage to acquire a copy of an excellent publication for those interested in the sport (The Rugby Paper) – I say that because, when he remembers, my local newsagent holds one back for me. Here’s the text of an article that begins on its front page today – I should [...]

February 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

Upon being bored into submission (a treatise)

Friday 2nd February 2018: Anglo-Welsh Cup Round 4: Northampton Saints v Harlequins at Franklin’s Gardens, kick-off 7.45pm: Result – Northampton Saints 36 Harlequins 10: Latest position – Northampton Saints qualify for the knockout stage, Harlequins will now have to rely upon results elsewhere [...]

February 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another near miss

Saturday 27th January 2018: Anglo-Welsh Cup: Scarlets v Harlequins: Result – Scarlets 7 Harlequins 35; Outcome – Quins progress one step further to a semi-final spot in the competition. Followers of this column know the form – if they wish to learn about the ebbs, flows and any other details [...]

January 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Making the best of a bad situation

Sunday 21st January 2018 – European Champions Cup Pool 1; La Rochelle v Harlequins at Stade Marcel Deflandre: La Rochelle 16 Harlequins 7. Final Pool 1 positions: La Rochelle 20 points; Wasps 17; Ulster 17; Harlequins 7. And so Harlequins ended their 2017-2018 ERCC campaign as bottom of Pool 1, [...]

January 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

It never rains but it pours

No apologies from me today for continuing to chronicle the the plethora of troubles facing the sport of rugby union – and certainly none of them attracting ‘I told you so’ comments from me. DOES THE THE GAME’S ADMINISTRATION WORK FOR EVERYONE? Last week I spoke to a [...]

January 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Rearranging the deck chairs

As the Six Nations squads for 2018 are announced this week, the ongoing issues for England’s Premiership clubs are not going away. Hard on the heels of recent media coverage detailing the clubs’ financial travails – but one of them making an operational profit, Worcester Warriors [...]

January 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

A truly extraordinary match!

Saturday 13th January 2018: European Rugby Champions Cup (Pool Stage): Pool 1 (teams – La Rochelle, Ulster, Harlequins, Wasps): Round 5 – Harlequins v Wasps at the Stoop, kick-off 5.30pm: Result – Harlequins 33 Wasps 28: consequences – Harlequins already out of the competition, Wasps now [...]

January 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another loss on the road

Saturday 6th January 2018: Aviva Premiership, Round 13: Sale Sharks v Harlequins at the AJ Bell Stadium (attendance 7,242): Result – Sale Sharks 30 Harlequins 29: new league positions – Sale Sharks 6th on 33 points, Harlequins 9th on 32 points. This needn’t take long. I didn’t attend this [...]

January 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

One that went off half-cock

Saturday 30th December 2017: Aviva Premiership, Round 12: Harlequins v Northampton Saints at Twickenham Stadium (Big Game 10), kick off 4.00pm: Result – Harlequins 50 (league points 5) Northampton Saints 21 (league points 0): new league table positions – Harlequins now 7th on 30 points, [...]

December 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Christmas weekend misery

Saturday 23rd December 2017: Aviva Premiership rugby, Round 11: Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins at Kingston Park, Newcastle: Result: Newcastle 11 (4 league points) Harlequins 10 (one losing bonus point): latest League positions – Newcastle 7th on 28 Points, Harlequins 9th on 25 points. Today I can [...]

December 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

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