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!

Scarlets Breathe Fire Into The Champions Cup

I made a late decision to go to West Wales for the Scarlets Toulon match at the weekend because I had a feeling about it and also to support the stunning impact that Scarlets have had on the competition. With my birthplace just down the road and Llanelli the scene of many dramatic encounters when I was a player, I have […]

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Pool Stages Reach Crescendo In Europe

Tadgh Beirne and Jordan Larmour are two names you may never have heard of but by 2019 you definitely will have – the Scarlets second rower and Leinster Full Back could well become stars of the next World Cup. A measure of Ireland’s strength in depth and the reason that they are just as much a threat to the […]

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2018 – A Rugby Year For The Brave

What kind of vintage was the Rugby Year of 2017 in the context of Japan, land of the Rugby World Cup 2019?   Apart from the British and Irish Lions performance against the odds, admittedly enhanced by Sonny Bill Williams foolhardy head tackle in the second test, this year was all about consolidation and preparing for the […]

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Hallers Christmas Blog

As the Autumn Internationals played out, followed by two tumultuous European weekends, there has been much to admire as well as ponder as we approach a seasonal period of rest and reflection – unless you are a professional rugby player who isn’t banned or injured in which case not much of either.  First the good news – I was asked […]

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England’s Finishers Prove A Point

Many a team came to Bath’s Recreation Ground in the champion years of the 80’s and left shaking their heads at a scoreline they felt was grossly unfair. Opposition front rows or line outs often claimed moral victories despite conceding 30 points or more. We just smiled and knew the real difference. Brutal speed based […]

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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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