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Thinking the unthinkable

Last week brought media reports of a new study undertaken by Professor Willie Stewart at the University of Glasgow which apparently demonstrates that professional footballers who play in defence for ten to fifteen years are five times more likely to suffer dementia that the general population, [...]

August 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

One-all … and one to go

Family events conspired to prevent me watching the entirety of the rugby union Second Test match yesterday between South Africa and the British & Irish Lions in Capetown as I had originally planned. I did not reach the sanctuary of home until just before half-time last night and made an [...]

August 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

More thoughts on Sussex sport and the Hundred

Yesterday I had intended to go to Hove Cricket Ground to see the Sussex Sharks v Kent Spitfires in the Royal London 50 over match. Except for a window in the afternoon there was no play and the game ended “no result’, Sussex’s sixth such ending in all competitions. It was little consolation [...]

July 31, 2021 // 0 Comments

British Lions 22 South Africa 17 – another take.

Although I have a wide brief to cover all sport for The Rust I must admit straightaway that I only follow rugby (union that is) internationally. I prefer the rugby of my youth for two reasons. First modern rugby is about behemoths and those graceful movers I admired – Maso, David Duckham, [...]

July 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

A famous victory

Your author watched last night’s rugby First Test between South Africa and the British & Irish Lions at home with the family including my “other half”, who was slightly less delighted than I was to see Scotland’s Stuart Hogg make his first Lions Test debut at last. As it [...]

July 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

Six days to the Lions first Test match against South Africa

I find myself in broad agreement with Tom Hollingworth’s view that the greatest elite-level sports, tournaments and games are severely diminished when they take place in stadia devoid of fans and spectators. The Covid pandemic has been (and still will be for some time into the future) extremely [...]

July 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

A ball of considerable confusion

It’s difficult to avoid the impression that – in what (nobody needs reminding) has been something of a strange a disconcerting world these past eighteen months – the “crazy” factor has recently gone up several notches in the UK as both world sport – not least football, [...]

July 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

Funny how things can change, isn’t it?

Not being a football fanatic – and having declared myself a Euros 2020/2021-free zone for the duration – I had a hard time of it this morning upon rising at my usual unearthly hour and perusing the UK national newspaper websites in order to catch up with what has been happening in the world. [...]

July 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

An exhilarating rugby Premiership title won against the odds

Yesterday afternoon from 4.30pm onwards, shut away at home, I watched the build-up to and then the full two and a half hours’ worth of English rugby union’s Premiership Final (and its aftermath) between Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins at RFU Twickenham being broadcast ‘live’ on BT Sport 1. I [...]

June 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Rugby mayhem as the crowds return

With the Bank Holiday in full swing and rugby union joining other sports in letting crowds back in – well, in rugby’s case only home fans to 25% of ground capacity – yesterday, with the English Premiership’s league season approaching its climax, I chose to tune in to watch BT Sport’s [...]

May 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

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