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!

Irish Repeat Success In Europe But No Racing Certainty

Some say that Ireland is God’s own country and certainly the rugby gods smiled on them with a clean sweep of European wins this past weekend, a triumphant National team this autumn and the good news goes on, it’s no coincidence. Continuing the theme, I found myself in Galway to watch Connacht take on Perpignan accompanied by a storm of […]

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Eastern Promise From A Dramatic Rugby Fortnight

As if the drama of England’s near miss over the All Blacks two weekends ago wasn’t enough, the Springbok’s two tries (one disallowed) in overtime eventually killed off a valiant French challenge in Paris. But more was to come as Ireland finally lived up to a favourite’s billing by downing the men in Black last […]

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Money Starts To Talk As The Premiership Heats Up

It’s World Cup Year (almost), and rugby seemingly makes headlines on a daily basis.  Journos are back to their editors with begging bowls for more space – they will get it too. Where to start? Down South…. Good news for Argentina, they win a match in the Rugby Championship to match their Jaguares form having […]

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European Rugby – Vacancies At No. 10

I am not referring to various maverick attempts to take on a political poison chalice, nor is it for me to pass comment on random pre-season behaviour by England’s incumbent stand off, Danny Cipriani. Is it midsummer madness or perhaps the endless summer heat, there have been some fascinating pointers towards next years World Cup […]

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I Was There!

It is not often you can say ‘I was there’ when talking about English sport – Rugby World Cup 2003, Sir Nick Faldo’s Major wins, Mo Farah’s Olympic Gold Medals……  there are more but not many . We think of Botham’s 1981 Ashes heroics, or the final day at Kia Oval when the Ashes were won some […]

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Rugby Wings Take Centre Stage As Beach Beckons

The bad news for England over the weekend comes from an unusual source and will not get any headlines. For the first time in recent memory France showed their true rugby colours and offered a glimpse of what my generation of rugby players experienced every time we saw them take the field. For most of the first half they were irresistible, […]

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Rugby Greens And Gold Paint A Picture Of Progress

Summer tours have sometimes appeared to be tiresome and meaningless. But not one year before a World Cup. We have in fact learnt a lot about aspiring hopes and that the All Blacks do not have the field to themselves. This final weekend’s rugby, before beaches become littered with bruised International bodies, will not change […]

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Rugby Finals Scaling New Heights

In this pre World Cup year, we have seen what it is going to take to be successful. Pace and power running from the forwards with ability to pass out of the tackle. Midfield creativity and counterattack – not endless, mindless phase play. It seems to have worked for the winners this season at International and Club level. The difference in […]

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Munster And Scarlets Get The Blues On Semi Final Day

I played for a Champion Club in the 80’s, the serially successful Bath who won multiple Knock Out cups and in fact never lost a semifinal or a Final. But there was always a regret that the public never saw the best of us. We often played well within ourselves even though winning the match.   The reason […]

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