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Bath Bring Out The Gladiator In A Losing Cause

There is no such thing as a perfect final, any sportsperson will tell you that. In rugby terms, I struggle to think of a better one than Bath’s demolition of a strong Gloucester outfit by 40 points in a sweltering Twickenham in the 1990 Cup Final (how could I forget my last game in the […]

Club Rugby Supplies Grand Finale For The Ages

There is no such thing as a perfect ending to a sporting season, but club rugby in Europe is making a good effort and all credit to those on and off the field who have been part of it. The best ever one might say, and in the aftermath of pandemics, bankruptcies and legal challenges […]

A Tale Of Two Sports

Last week I was trying to raise some good friends of mine from Ipswich Football Club but they were still celebrating their wonderful promotion. Let’s not forget a fallen giant called Derby County. As for the fairytale of Wrexham, where will it end? Premier League?! Famous names have been escaping the drop by the skin […]

A European Rugby Special comes to London

So it came to pass that the two National proxies of Irish and French rugby came through the sternest of tests to set up a Champions Cup Final which already has us salivating and could surpass anything that the designated venue of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium has hosted in any sport. I always say that […]

Red Roses In Bloom For Grand Slam Decider

England Womens Rugby Team Huddle With Arms Linked

It is a truism in sport that you can only play the opposition in front of you. So it was at Twickenham when the ‘Red Roses’ England Women’s team inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Irish to set up a decider in Bordeaux against France – English teams can win in Bordeaux, n’est-ce pas? Ask […]

England’s Lights Shine Brightly In France

You need to experience at first hand the scary moments when the French rugby touchpaper is lit and attackers seem to come at you from all sides with bewildering speed. I remember this when England played France in 1992 in the gladiatorial Parc de Princes, French backs and forwards poured through imaginary gaps in the […]

Can England Light It Up In Lyon?

For those who do not know, England’s last 6 Nations destination, Lyon, has an amazing history dating back to Roman times. Also the Festival of Light ( Fête de Lumières) on December 4th each year is an incredible event based on a city’s prayers to the Virgin Mary against a 17th Century plague. Lyon is also a culinary […]

Stuck In The Middle – An English Dilemma

I remember making my ‘second’ England début in 1986 against Wales at Twickenham. Opposite me was John Devereux, Bridgend, Lions and Rugby League International on his eventual CV. He was one of a multitude of top class Welsh centres in the game at that time. I was instructed to break the gain line and it […]

Scotland Provide First Real Test For English Revival

They say lightning doesn’t strike twice. My first Six Nations weekend’s successful predictions were not replicated due to a disallowed last minute try at Murrayfield. My old playing colleague, Jeff Probyn, dredged up in his media column the ‘non-try’ by Tony Stanger which won the Grand Slam for Scotland in the infamous ‘Grudge’ match as […]

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