Author Archives: Sam Roberts

Why not?

63 minutes and 47 seconds on the clock; Marcus Smith beats the floor with his fist. He has knocked the ball on attempting to keep a move alive. A move that had swept towards the All Blacks’ try line like … Continue reading

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Just desserts

Do England and the RFU have the coach they deserve? Having pardoned mediocrity before, can they really be surprised it has turned up at their door again? In Eddie Jones they have someone who is wonderfully evasive and difficult to … Continue reading

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Roots

I haven’t written in a while. In truth, other things have got in the way. But personal events over the last week or so have made me rethink. Listen, I’m good, better, on the mend, and although what happened was … Continue reading

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Got it bad

England fans have got it bad. There is so much to fall in love with. If you want heart, courage, desire: England players have it. Depleted in record time, Twickenham’s white knights rose to meet the badge. And yet, as … Continue reading

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To Protect and Serve

“I had Simon Devereux and Andy Deacon say it to me after the game, that they’d never heard Kingsholm like that for over ten years. In the 73rd minute, I remember looking at the clock and thinking, they’re singing the … Continue reading

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Patient Polledri

Please visit RugbyPass+ and read my piece on Jake Polledri – click this link. Please consider subscribing to have access to the very best rugby journalism and interviews. There was little more glorious than Jake Polledri with ball in hand. … Continue reading

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The Power of Stories

Stories are everywhere. They play such a vital role in all that we do. We tell them, listen to them, build our lives around them and sometimes, give our lives because of them. We know millions of different ones. Rumour … Continue reading

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The Ties That Bind Us – a new rugby podcast series

I humbly present a new podcast series for you – all about what it means to be a fan. I spent one episode with the fans of each Premiership Rugby club and ask them some tricky questions. They reminisce, explain, … Continue reading

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The Blues and GSI

This article originally appeared in the June edition of the Rugby Journal – a publication very much worth getting. You can buy your copy on this link. Geoff Irvine’s imposing frame has stalked the rugby corridors of power for the … Continue reading

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Lucky Tommy

This orignially appeared on ‘The XV’ website – the place where the best rugby writing exists. Please sign up if you can – you won’t regret it. September 2011: Saints TV catches up pitchside with Jon Clarke. The Northampton centre … Continue reading

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