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!

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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Spiritual Rugby Home Sends Hearts Racing

The euphoria of a defining Rugby World Cup was fresh in the mind and the stunning win by the Springboks was resonating across every level of society reminding us of the power of sport, let alone rugby. Suddenly we wandered into a proper crisis which has sent clubs, players and administrators into a state of […]

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Scarlets v Benetton

Sometimes themes and people converge to make a wonderful and memorable time. Scarlets v Benetton on Nov 9th was one such moment. Two of Europe’s top teams contesting in the Pro 14, only a last minute penalty separating them at the end. Scarlets committed to the Armed Forces Covenant in the presence of senior military […]

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Drew Bledsoe’s wonderful wines from Walla Walla Valley

Last weekend, Sporting Wine Club was once again displaying Drew Bledsoe’s wonderful wines from Walla Walla Valley. This time the  Doubleback, Flying B and Elizabeth Chardonnay were enjoyed at Wembley for the Houston Texans/Jacksonville Jaguars game. On this occasion, Houston ran away with the game but it was all about quality – as with the […]

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