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Tom Hollingsworth is a former deputy sports editor of the Daily Express. For many years he worked in a sports agency, representing mainly football players and motor racing drivers. Tom holds a private pilot’s licence and flying is his principal recreation. More Posts

Ryder Cup / Day One

Team Europe established a commanding lead (6 and a 1/2 v. 1 and a 1/2) but you cannot yet call this winning as there is a scenario whereby the USA could come back today winning say 5-3 and are back in the game. I do not think this will happen as 1) Luke Donald is a better captain than Zack Johnson, [...]

September 30, 2023 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on a great England victory

In the Great Debate of Farrell v Smith George Ford was marginalised. He was not yesterday: with some glorious kicking he personally amassed 27 points.  The drop kick is an effective but underused weapon. I was there in the Stade de France when the South African fly half Jamie de Beer  destroyed [...]

September 10, 2023 // 0 Comments

England rugby union – a damning verdict

Recently those on the Rust editorial team concerned with sport – and especially men’s rugby union in the context its World Cup beginning next month – have been relatively unsparing in their criticism of the performance of the England national team and indeed the RFU generally. [...]

August 24, 2023 // 0 Comments

Rugby union: England go from bad to worse

As England’s women’s team prepares to play Spain in the Women’s Football World Cup Final in Sydney, Australia later this morning UK time, one is reminded of just how big a moment this is. England – no, let’s make that UK – sports teams don’t often make World Cup Finals (or indeed, any [...]

August 20, 2023 // 0 Comments

The Ashes assessed

Now that the dust has settled after such an exciting contest and Stuart Broad is leaving Test cricket with a six and a wicket, we can more coolly assess the Ashes. Though not much pointed out at the end by the commentators, Australia retained the Ashes and levelled the series. They are world [...]

August 1, 2023 // 0 Comments

Summer of sport excels

It’s been bloody awful weather but no one can criticise the quality of summer sport. Over the weekend Carlos Alcaraz – the young pretender – claimed the title from serial major winner Novak Djokovic and Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogecar continued their fascinating Tour de France duel [...]

July 17, 2023 // 0 Comments

(Second Test): final thoughts on the final day

After a final day of controversial incident after which England are now two down in the series, one hopes there can be some consensus that Test cricket was the winner. It was a most enthralling day, epitomised by Ben Stokes playing a truly captain’s innings of bravura. The game of cricket is in [...]

July 3, 2023 // 0 Comments

2nd day of Test: Bazball confounds and delights

The day belonged to England but the view of such sages as Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan was that it could have been better. Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope set up a platform of parity only for Australia – bereft of Nat Lyon for possibly the Series – to bowl short and [...]

June 30, 2023 // 0 Comments

Entertaining v Effective

The debate over entertaining versus winning performances is as old as the hills but has taken new life under the régime of Stokes and McCallum. There were real and genuine fears that Australia would be too good for England, but less so after Zak Crawley – one of England’s perceived [...]

June 17, 2023 // 0 Comments

It never rains but it pours

Comedian Frankie Howerd traditionally used to gain a titter of laughter – often just after he’d shared a conspiratorial juicy and/or vicious put-down of a fellow member of his cast – by admonishing his (live or television) audience with an arch aside “No, don’t laugh [...]

May 30, 2023 // 0 Comments

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