Author Archives: Sam Roberts

NEGATIVE SELF-TALK

BY NICOLA JOHNSON In the second of our blogs, aimed at helping young minds improve their communication skills and self-belief, I am delighted to lean on the fantastic Nicola Johnson. Usually found in legal and financial circles, Nicks also consults … Continue reading

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Pleasingly Heroic

Mad, wasn’t it? That, having produced such a semi-final, Harlequins should do it all over again in the final. Madness is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. Maybe we’re the ones that are mad? Learned minds opined: … Continue reading

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Without and within

You will have to live a long time to see the likes of what Ashton Gate served up on Saturday. Cornucopia after cornucopia. A game for the fans. No matter if you didn’t wear the famous West London quarters normally, … Continue reading

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Imposter Syndrome

You may not be aware but I have been lucky enough, over the last few months, to spend time with some top young rugby talent. I’ve been giving seminars and workshops on communications skills, based around my learning from working … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Work

This for The XV website – I spoke to Lord Hayward about his rugby life, how the sport has changed him, his work with the Kings X Steelers and his hopes for the future. A brilliant insight into a fascinating … Continue reading

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Beaten and bloodied, yet unbowed

Me on the Rugby Pass website (free to read). Possibly, the most important thing I’ve ever written. https://www.rugbypass.com/news/english-rugby-simply-can-not-must-not-let-championship-season-collapse/

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Taking the reins

I spoke to Lloyd Evans about him growing up, choosing rugby over cricket, his relationship with Danny Cipriani and now what is expected of him. He also spoke really well about what being a Gloucester player is all about. Article … Continue reading

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Rock of Ages

Click here for my piece with Wasps Hooker Tommy Taylor for The XV website. “There is a new element of freedom and expression,”Taylor says, “which he’s allowed to happen. He’s always been that sort of man: very relaxed and calm, … Continue reading

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The Gifts and the Burdens

This article appeared on The XV website over a month ago. It’s about being a dad or a son in rugby union and lays out some crucial advice on parenting a sporty child. I am a dad and I know … Continue reading

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The very best of men

It wasn’t over until it was over. Once the officials had sorted out that that time was not the time, but whatever it was, it was up. Fitting really; the game had confounded us all. Racing 92 were up against … Continue reading

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