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Earlier this month, as a staging post on the way to the first round of Six Nations matches over the weekend of 1st and 2nd February, England head coach Stuart Lancaster named a long-form squad of 35 players. It was bigger than normal because of the need to have cover firstly, for [...]

January 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (12) – … and it’s ‘Goodnight Vienna’ from us

The Heineken Cup receives its fair share of criticism – one of the reasons that its future remains in doubt even as this season’s group stages approach their finale – but, whenever it comes to town, it provides great entertainment and brings with it a special excitement and glamour. Yesterday [...]

January 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Nothing to get excited about … yet

Yesterday Stuart Lancaster named an initial 35-man England squad for the opening Six Nations match against France in Paris on the first weekend in February. It is deliberately large because of firstly, the number of currently injured players who may (or may not) be fit in time to be in serious [...]

January 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

… And that’s another fine mess you’ve got me into

Rugby union officially went professional in 1995, a decision that was long overdue, but one that was, inevitably, cocked up. In the mad scramble to establish some sort of order and structure, key opportunities were missed. This is not just a view benefiting from hindsight, for I have held this view [...]

January 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (11) – that’s it for this season, folks!

Sometimes the lot of a true club supporter includes an instinctive urge to attend away games, where a key plus is the necessarily heightened sense of fan camaraderie and bonding to be gained amidst the trials and tribulations of being ‘on the road’. Last Friday, in rugby terms, I had the [...]

January 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (9) – one step forward, two steps back

In prospect, Saturday’s away match against Bath – against a backdrop in which these two and Leicester Tigers are currently contesting what, next spring, will become the fourth and last play-off spot – was a mouth-watering clash. Both teams like to play rugby and Bath had strung together a [...]

December 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (8) – a 17-3 victory over Racing Metro

Yesterday to the Stoop, to see Harlequins record the second of back-to-back Heineken Cup victories over Racing Metro, this time by the margin of 17-3. Racing continue to play up to the Anglo-Saxon stereotypical view of French rugby. Having moved last week’s ‘home’ game 241 miles from Paris to [...]

December 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Varsity Match

In my 65 years I have witnessed sporting events go up and down in popularity and esteem. Not so long ago the Cup Final, on the last Saturday of the football season, the Derby (on a first Wednesday in June) and the Boat Race were significant events on the sporting calendar. Similarity the rugby [...]

December 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Reaction to the 2015 Rugby World Cup tickets announcement

Yesterday’s announcement of venues and ticket prices for the 2015 Rugby World Cup has produced the inevitable acres of protest from media pundits and lobby interests alike. I have some sympathy for the tournament organisers. As with soccer World Cups and Olympics, there’s a degree to which both [...]

November 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

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