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A chip off the old block

Nature or nurture? It’s an issue that arises whenever fans discuss the physical and mental attributes that go to make an elite sporting superstar. Almost certainly the answer is somewhere along the spectrum of ‘a bit of both’, as witness the ’10,000 hours’ rule that Matthew Syed, [...]

October 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Quins enter Europe and possibly leave it as well

Saturday 14th October 2017: European Rugby Champions Cup 2017/2018: Pool1 (Ulster, La Rochelle, Wasps, Harlequins): Round 1 match – Harlequins v La Rochelle at the Stoop, kick off 5.30pm: Result – Harlequins 27 La Rochelle 34. I watched this game from the sanctuary of my flat live on [...]

October 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Rugby union up against it

Rugby union is a strange world sport in many respects. For the majority of those that ‘get’ it, the passion, traditions, ethos and excitement that its raw physicality, camaraderie and perceived elementary proof that that ‘there is no ‘I’ in team’ generate have no match in any [...]

October 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Five points – not to be sniffed at

Friday 6th October 2017, kick off 7.45pm: Premiership Rugby Round 6: Harlequins v Sale Sharks at the Stoop: Harlequins 42 Sale Sharks 26: Harlequins 5 league points (4 for a win, bonus point for 4 tries) – Sale Sharks 1 (for 4 tries). League positions: Harlequins 5th on 15 points, Sale Sharks 8th [...]

October 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

A family catch up (and a Quins match)

Saturday 30th September 2017 – Rugby Premiership Round 5: Northampton Saints v Harlequins at Franklin’s Gardens: Result – Northampton Saints 30 Harlequins 22: League table latest positions: Northampton Saints top on 19 points; Harlequins 9th on 10 points. Regular readers will know [...]

October 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

A close run but wonderful thing

Sunday 17th September: English Premiership rugby, Round 3: Wasps v Harlequins at the Ricoh Stadium, Coventry: Wasps 21, Harlequins 24: League position after 3 rounds – Wasps 2nd on 10 points, 1 behind leaders Exeter Chiefs (whom they play next weekend); Harlequins 5th equal with 9 points. I’m [...]

September 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Knocking heads together

Leaving mana-a-mano ‘fighting’ (viz. boxing and mixed marital arts contests) aside because some might argue they’re so patently dangerous to brain health that the argument is slam-dunk unanswerable, what might be termed full-on ‘physical contact’ team sports – e.g. American football, [...]

September 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Back in the groove

Saturday 9th September 2017: Rugby Premiership: Harlequins v Gloucester at the Stoop (crowd just under 13,000). Result: Harlequins win 28-17. After two rounds of the league, Quins are now – one win, one loss – in sixth position and Gloucester in seventh. This was a heartening and much-needed [...]

September 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

It all started with a Big Bang!

Despite the many issues the sport of rugby union in England is wrestling with – the plan to impose a ‘unified’ global season, new rules for the new season, a still-developing set of concussion (head injury) protocols, the rows over the salary cap and the latest Premiership plan to ‘kill [...]

September 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Dragging oneself to the start-line …

As my regular followers will know, I am now freed from the tyranny of season ticket holding and any obligation to actually roll up at the Stoop to watch the boys playing rugby – and what a relief that has been! Furthermore – and this would have applied anyway – in no way have I been [...]

September 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

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