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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

… 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

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