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Quins-watch (15) – The glass is half-full, of course

The business end of the rugby season is now upon us and, right on cue, the Harlequins have just slipped from fourth position in the Premiership to fifth, defeated away at Gloucester last weekend. A fair assumption being that Northampton Saints and ‘Saffra-cens’  – a common reference to [...]

February 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

An epic encounter at Billy Williams’ cabbage patch

Any slight frustration I felt at about 6.00pm last night, my long record of hopeless sporting predictions still intact after England’s 13-10 victory over Ireland at Twickenham, was surpassed by sheer delight and wonder at the pulsating game of rugby that I had just witnessed on television. Those [...]

February 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

So little to choose between them …

Having retired to bed last night at half-time during the Wales v France Six Nations contest with a home victory plainly in sight, I awoke a few minutes ago with a growing sense of anticipatory tension and excitement over the England v Ireland clash at Twickenham this afternoon. Can Stuart [...]

February 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (14): one to forget

Yesterday I went to the Stoop to watch the Harlequins keep their quest for a Premiership top-four finish on track with a nervy 18-14 defeat of Dean Richards’ Newcastle Falcons. To be honest, it was not a great game. I’m not suggesting Quins have lost their mojo, but they just aren’t playing [...]

February 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (13) …

[The Stoop, Sunday 9th February: Harlequins 11 London Wasps 10] … and I wished I hadn’t bothered! Yesterday I had committed to attending a lunch in honour of a Canadian cousin’s offspring and his fiancée who had flown in from Moscow at short notice, this whilst erroneously believing that [...]

February 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

What goes around, comes around

As the 21st Century marches on, some sports are developing in ways that gradually take them away from the versions that we oldies grew up with and loved. Change is inevitable, of course, but sometimes you wonder. Take cricket. Back in the day – for me personally, the 1960s – county cricket was [...]

February 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

A pricked balloon

My highly-anticipated schedule yesterday involved attending the 3.00pm Harlequins’ LV= Cup match against Leicester Tigers at the Stoop and then dashing home to watch the Six Nations second team clash between England Saxons and Irish Wolfhounds, kick-off 5.00pm on Sky Sports 2. In the end it [...]

January 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Rugby – international and club news

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

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