Simon Halliday’s Blogs

As an Ex England International and current Chairman of European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), Simon has a unique insight into the world of rugby on and off the field. His blog discusses the big issues of the moment and offers frank opinions – within reason!

A Chill Autumn Wind Blows for the South

Now that the Domestic and European programme has finished its first phase, excitement is building for the Autumn Internationals, tempered however by the various unavailabilities through injuries or simple resting of key players. My take on the season so far has been a welcome move to find creative influence in the middle of the field. Coaches are finally realising that […]

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TACKLING NOT ALWAYS A PAINFUL ISSUE

The season to date has been a revelation in some ways. Players are running out of contact and into space with short intensive bursts of passing. The All Blacks have shown the way – again – and have lit a touch paper. Take a look at Lyon of the Top 14 and Newcastle in their opening matches.  Two unfancied teams with […]

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The Case For The Defence

In a Lions year, there hardly seems a break before the season begins again but of course the media are now sunning themselves as are the Lions contingent – even if everyone else is in pre season training. I see Eddie Jones offered them some voluntary work at his squad weekend. A brave man that […]

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BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS SHOW IT’S NOT ALL BLACK

The All Blacks invincibility has been somewhat dented – that would seem to be the outcome of the drawn British and Irish Lions Tour. Even the Welsh fancy their chances now as per recent media reports and I suppose if you place certain Welsh players and their coaches into the equation and add a splash […]

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FORTRESS EDEN PARK AWAITS HUNGRY LIONS

I said they were ready for the Wellington Test, wounded but ready.  The commentary coming from the Lion’s camp all week was terse but impassioned and it sounded real.   There was something in the air that night – the more traditional and rather less hostile Haka, weather straight out of Ireland, a Lions team which seemed to […]

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Wounded Lions Ready For Wellington

The final scoreline in the first Test may obscure the fact that this was a truly excellent contest between the best players in the world. The first half was as good as it gets, each side playing at the edge of their ability. We saw one of the greatest tries ever seen on a rugby field for a start, and […]

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Lions Stalk Their Prey…

This Lions tour has been fascinating on a number of levels. We all thought that the Crusaders and the Maoris would post significant try-scoring threats and possibly inflict defeats. How wrong we all were, including the Kiwi experts. In fact neither side carried the ball across the Lions try-line, a wonderful pre test statistic. Does […]

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LIONS BUILD A SENSE OF PRIDE AS TEST TEAM SHOWS ITSELF

Why on earth was the Lions Tour being written off before the potential Test team had even taken the pitch in New Zealand? A mystery, but then again media column inches have to be filled and my Kiwi insiders have themselves been surprised at how critical their own press have been. There is only one response that […]

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Announcing the Sporting Wine Club & Caldy Rugby Club Partnership

Sporting Wine Club is proud to announce that it has become the wine partner to Caldy Rugby Club who have just won promotion to National League One. They will be hosting some of England’s most famous names such as Rosslyn Park and Blackheath.  I travelled up to the Wirral for the Caldy Sevens a couple […]

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