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!

Elementary for Watson as wide receivers rule

Dear Members, Many people will be aware of the acronym KISS, not just because of Valentine’s weekend just past. Keep It Simple Stupid was often used in our Bath rugby training sessions (and elsewhere) when we were working out winning strategies. Eddie Jones has suggested that England was guilty of too much analysis and trying […]

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Farewell to a Rugby Warrior

David Egerton arrived at Bath in the mid eighties when the supreme back row of the time was storming through club rugby, namely Roger Spurrell, Bath’s piratical Captain, a young Jon Hall who was terrifyingly good as well as terrifying, and Paul Simpson, the ebullient Northerner who enjoyed himself far too much to enjoy a […]

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LIGHT AT THE END OF A RUGBY TUNNEL

Cold winter winds have been blowing across the rugby grounds of Europe, and the Covid strains have placed even more pressure on our societies and ability to function. As you all know the next two rounds of our European tournament have been postponed by a French Government directive. Depressing though that is, the aggressive roll […]

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I Can Feel It Coming In The Air Tonight – French Style

When I had dreams of being an England player aged 20 I went to France for my degree year, supposedly to teach but ended up working for the Forestry Commission in the Pyrenees. I trained at the local rugby club and it was there they taught me how to pass French style and to run […]

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Shooting Stars across a grey autumn Rugby Sky

Nobody quite knew how this new International tournament would pan out but between the Fiji débacle and a constantly buffering Amazon (in my household anyway) to date it has been a mixed and rather soggy bag with some spluttering fireworks alongside. I suspect that an anticipated England France dénouement will definitely whet the appetite. I remember in the heydays […]

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A Tale of Two European Rugby Cities

Ex England, Bath and Harlequins Centre, current Chairman of EPCR and our Co-Founder, Simon Halliday, shares his latest thoughts on the world of sport over a glass of sporting wine… A few years ago, I jumped into a taxi in the heart of Paris and the driver looked at me blankly when I asked to […]

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A look at post lockdown Super Rugby..

Some years ago, Jerry Guscott and I were watching a Bath match at the Rec where we had enjoyed so many good times cutting up the opposition – often courtesy of Stuart Barnes. As we looked on, every time the ball got to the Bath 12, he kicked it regardless of position or opportunity. We shook our heads at the […]

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New Faces Provide The Excitement As Six Nations Suffers

The Six Nations 2020 was always going to be a tough one post RWC and is now threatened with cancellations for health and safety reasons. Of course we keep fingers crossed. Putting that to one side… A tepid tournament finally sprung into life with a youthful French side making a nonsense of Welsh experience and […]

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Rugby Six Nations – Step Forward Someone!

It is always the same with a post-World Cup Six Nations. Some are in rebuild mode and others seek continuity with a little change to prepare for the next one! With the domestic and European weekends just finished, no end of talking points but mainly one which will reverberate for a while. I have plenty […]

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My Thoughts On The Decade

On Sunday, two of England’s most successful teams of the decade Saracens and Exeter played out an error strewn contest rendered surreal by their relative positions in the league. Approaching a new decade, we are left to ponder seismic yet positive shifts in the game which we all love. Here are an appropriate ten thoughts […]

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