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Strettle nettled?

June 23, 2015

Playing for your nation is supposed to be the highest honour you can achieve in most team sports, although individual games like tennis and golf are less interested in flags for the most part. When it comes to the pinnacle of that area, it is almost always the World Cup that represents the best of the best competing for honour, and since the inception of the rugby union version back […]

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Jerry Collins, a tremendous man

June 6, 2015

Big footballers will play this weekend for big clubs, but some sportsmen are just big on any pitch, at any time. Yesterday we lost one of the biggest men ever to play the game of rugby union when Jerry Collins and his wife were killed in a car crash near Beziers, in France, and tragically their daughter is in critical condition at the time of writing, and both the age […]

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Why Stuart Lancaster must be sacked

June 2, 2015

The connection between rugby union and public schools has long been a comedy staple, serving the more sneering, working class comics more often than their Oxbridge contemporaries, and as a joke it definitely has legs. There are many differences between the men of the oval ball and those involved in the rounder-balled game, and it is certainly true that there is an expectation of a greater level of education if […]

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Heroes: In sickness and in health

May 17, 2015

It isn’t easy being famous, and sometimes we are guilty as a sporting public of expecting too much from men and women who are only really trained to do one thing, albeit to an incredibly high level, and normally a physical thing at that. You can talk all you want about ‘footballing intelligence’, ‘race craft’ and ‘game sense’ all you want, but these are all really just euphemisms for the […]

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English rugby: deeply flawed

May 11, 2015

Imagine this situation, just for a second. The English football team is travelling to the 2016 European Championship next summer, and as usual there is a good percentage of the population convinced this is the year we’ll make a real impact. In fairness to them, Nathaniel Clyne moved to United over last summer and has played wonderfully for them in the Champions League, Daniel Sturridge is fit and firing for […]

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European Champions Cup preview

May 2, 2015

While the Champions League rumbles to an almost obscene climax in the world of European football, the final of the rugby equivalent is due to take place in London this weekend to slightly less fanfare than you might expect, at least in England. That may or may not be due to the fact there will be two French sides facing off to decide which is the best on the continent, […]

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