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A worthy rugby read (if you have time)

Despite the seniority of many National Rust staffers and readers, let nobody deny that we are always alive to innovation, creativity and new ideas wherever we may find them. In that context, I commend to our readership the following blog by a 23 year-old Harlequins fan. It’s an excellent [...]

September 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quins 0 Saracens 39 – the scoreline says it all

FACT: The Stoop has a reputation as something of a fortress and a forbidding place for opposition teams to visit. The Harlequins fans pride themselves on the length of the gaps between home losses and, until last night, the current period had been twelve months and counting. REALITY: As regular [...]

September 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

A horror show at Twickenham

This was not how it was supposed to be. Harlequins began last season with a poor run of results and yesterday at Twickenham Stadium opened their 2014/2015 account with a truly laboured 20-15 victory over an abject London Irish. In stark contrast, the London Double Header game immediately preceding [...]

September 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

With a wing and a prayer

This weekend the Harlequins will play their final friendly pre-season warm-up match, against the Glasgow Warriors, before the opening of the 2014/2015 Premiership campaign in the London Double Header at Twickenham Stadium next month. It may be a sign of the times but, in contrast to his normal [...]

August 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

One for the Emerald isle

Last night I tuned to Sky Sports television in order to watch the first real heavyweight clash of the Women’s Rugby World Cup now taking place in France – the group stage match between Ireland and four-times World Cup winners New Zealand (aka ‘the Black Ferns’), who had yet to lose a [...]

August 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Victory … and a chance discovery

This will not become a habit, I promise – posting twice in two days, I mean! Yesterday I offered a snapshot of Harlequins’ coming rugby season from a fan’s point of view and today, having by chance last night alighted on the live BT Sports television coverage, I can now report upon the [...]

August 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here we go again

My greetings to National Rust readers as I resume my occasional blogs on the progress of Harlequins FC with the announcement that this season I am dropping the ‘Quins-watch’ tag with which I headed my efforts last year. For present purposes I have arbitrarily taken tonight’s Premiership 7s [...]

August 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Soccer suggestions

Having happily watched more of the soccer World Cup than I had expected, I was struck by a couple of differences between the rules applying to soccer and rugby. With the benefit of a general lack of understanding of soccer’s traditions and culture in my locker, it seemed to me that soccer might [...]

July 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

End of term report

What to make of England’s rugby tour to New Zealand this month? In advance it was viewed both by the England coaching hierarchy and UK pundits as a chance to make a statement of intent as regards next year’s Rugby World Cup – who can forget the Martin Johnson team’s 13-15 victory at [...]

June 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

The attraction of uncertainty

One of the eternally-fascinating aspects of sport is its unpredictability – and I’m not saying that from a punter’s perspective because I’m not a betting girl. Last Sunday Jensen Button began the last lap of the Montreal (Canadian) Grand Prix in 8th place and – through no intervention of [...]

June 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

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