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The case for Eddie Jones.

Given that the Rust has been one of the most trenchant critics of England coach Eddie Jones you may be surprised by the title of this post. Of course the RFU are reluctant to sack him for financial reasons but – despite his many faults and failures – a case can be made to retain him [...]

November 29, 2022 // 0 Comments

World Cup thoughts

On the Rust we try to avoid replicating stuff from the back pages so I will not join in the chorus of criticism of Gareth Southgate for never bringing Phil Foden on in a dull performance against USA – except to say it was ever thus. In 1970 West Germany sent spies to the England training camp [...]

November 28, 2022 // 0 Comments

My father, NHS & modern medical practice.

It’s always interesting to find something new out about a parent and recently my brother informed me that our father was a founding doctor in the first NHS clinic at Woodberry Down, Hackney – now called the Sir John Scott. Aneurin Bevin, the Labour Minister in Clement Attlee’s government [...]

November 28, 2022 // 0 Comments

Sale 40 Harlequins 19

Ten years ago Sale Sharks’ Ryan Mills was preferred to Owen Farrell for England Juniors. After leaving beleaguered Wasps, Mills is now playing on a wet Manchester night in the Premiership Cup and Farrell is lining up for his 100th England cap against the All Blacks. I am here to report on Quins [...]

November 19, 2022 // 0 Comments

A private cellar tasting

Yesterday I attended a private cellar tasting organised by a local Wine School. I enjoy these events where participators bring their own choice of wine. Mine was a Slovenian red bottled by Dveri Pax which went down well. My neighbour, who was clearly a wine connoisseur and was anxious you should [...]

November 18, 2022 // 0 Comments

Bournville/Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe is emerging as the chronicler of our times. In his latest novel Bournville he traces the origins of Brexit back to VE Day – and subsequent noteworthy events thereafter – as seen through the eyes of the Lamb family who live in the Bournville suburb of Birmingham an utopian [...]

November 16, 2022 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Manchester United 2

There are few things more gutting – and conversely more exhilarating depending on whom you support – than the late goal. This occurred yesterday at Craven Cottage when young Argentine winger Alejandro Garnacho scored in the final minute of extra time. Up till then Fulham had held their [...]

November 14, 2022 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

Saturday – from the comfort of my sofa – I watched 3 rugby games: the Women’s World Cup Final, England versus Japan and France versus South Africa. I must agree to differ with Sandra on her take on the World Cup Final whilst agreeing it was an enthralling contest. Lydia Thompson knew [...]

November 14, 2022 // 0 Comments

The Women’s Rugby World Cup Final

England’s Red Roses rugby union team duly came off second best against New Zealand’s Black Ferns yesterday by a score margin of 31 to 34 in the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup final played at Eden Park in front of over 40,000 spectators, thereby concluding their 30-match winning streak against [...]

November 13, 2022 // 0 Comments

T20 World Cup semi finals

I wish I could enjoy T20 cricket – I really do. I watched both semifinals. I am deeply unsatisfied. Firstly, the technique is so awful as you constantly see slashing across the line. The only elegant stroke I can recall was a sumptuous six from Virat Kohli. Kohli had his feet in place, [...]

November 11, 2022 // 0 Comments

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