Category Archives: Sport

A thing with feathers

Just past eight o’clock on Sunday evening, the heat abating from a day that has burnt itself into the memory; I am at the local park. About one hundred yards away, out to my right, two young lads walk home. … Continue reading

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More important than rugby

Amongst the thrashings of a penultimate week of Super Rugby, an old favourite is limbering up. If Saracens are unbeatable in Northern Hemisphere club rugby, their equal and opposite are the Canterbury Crusaders. Many have wondered who would win if … Continue reading

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You just can’t beat them

The word being used was boring. Saracens and Exeter were both called it. Curious, if you’ve ever really watched them play. Watched them do their stuff without the pull of club loyalty shutting one of your eyes. For boring, you … Continue reading

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Getting stronger the more you hate them

The meek shall inherit the earth. But $4 million is a lot of money, isn’t it? You can be meek and rich, right? It is a case set to run further than any of Folau’s incisive breaks, so I thought … Continue reading

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From Twickenham, with love

So, there we go. The World Cup is on. England are a very good team and they can go to Japan full of hope and expectation. God help them. These things are always better when they sneak up on you. … Continue reading

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Alacritous England end Ireland’s reign

“If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly…” Macbeth, Act I, Scene VII. Alacrity is a lovely word. And few better sum up the way England set about Ireland in the opening round of … Continue reading

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53-52

I took a friend to Goldington Road this weekend. “Is it always like this?” he asked, as we headed into the marquee: the large, white hospitality tent positioned on the north side of the famous sloping pitch. We weaved our … Continue reading

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