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And now for the Six Nations …

With the Northern Hemisphere’s autumn international series now concluded the question now to be addressed is in what state the home nations (and France) have emerged as we enter the two and a half month “fallow period” before the commencement of the 2022 Six Nations tournament. The first [...]

November 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the autumn internationals

I watched both games yesterday – Ireland beating the All Blacks and England overcoming Australia. The first game was covered on Channel 4. The commentator was Miles Harrison but I missed his normal sidekick Stuart Barnes. The All Blacks were ring-rusty and short of the high standards that one [...]

November 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

England v Australia rugby preview: Eddie gets it wrong (again)

Yesterday Eddie Jones formally announced his England squad to take on Australia at RFU Twickenham tomorrow afternoon [kick -off 5.30pm GMT] and it is no surprise that the bulk of rugby media reaction has centred around the return of incumbent captain Owen Farrell to the back line and – in the [...]

November 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

A sporting issue that is not going to go away

From time to time this organ has covered developments on the ‘live’ issue of instances of diagnosed dementia (both the ‘early onset’ type and generally) in elite sportsmen and women and the extent to which it has potentially been directly or indirectly caused by their [...]

November 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

My TV sporting weekend

Once again I found Premiership rugby produced the most enjoying sporting spectacle. My anticipation of Harlequins v Saracens was tempered by the absence on international duty of many of the stars. No Farrell v Smith, Dombrandt v Vinipola – nor the aggression of Joe Marler scrumming against [...]

November 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

Sunday Sport

There was an eclectic choice this Sunday which I started with the American football showpiece at the New Tottenham Hotspur stadium between Jacksonville  Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. The Jags won this 23-20 with two late field goals. The problem particularly for the BBC that broadcast it is that the [...]

October 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

English Premiership in a strange place at the moment

This morning I read with interest Tom Hollingworth’s excellent review of his weekend of sports-watching and venture with some nervousness a comment or two upon the Premiership rugby match between Bath and Saracens yesterday which I also happened to watch on television. Many rugby union fans hold [...]

October 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

Harlequins 54 Bristol Bears 24

I trespass on club rugby with some trepidation as I do not follow this with the degree of knowledge of Sandra McConell and Derek Williams. But with no televised club football available, needs must and the choice between Czech Republic and Wales and this match was not challenging. I was rewarded by [...]

October 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

An issue that sport ignores at its peril

At one point during our dinner party earlier this week my better half and his mates raised the topic of the current state of rugby union – a subject in which I have a not inconsiderable interest – and it didn’t make for comfortable listening. Someone mentioned the situation in the world [...]

October 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

The dawn of a new (rugby) season

English rugby’s Premiership 2021/2022 kicked off last night at Ashton Gate, the home ground of Bristol Bears, last year’s “winners” of the regular (league) season and favourites to win the Final who then suffered a Devon Loch-like failure in their semi-final play-off against the Harlequins. [...]

September 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

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