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The debt we owe

Well done Ireland. Beautiful, clever, uncompromising Ireland. Many of us were with you. Vicariously pitting ourselves against something big and black. Yours was the improbable reach, the formidable feat; rugby’s Everest. This was one of the world’s most enjoyable wins, … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a feint No.3

Sam Underhill’s running style is distinct. Indeed, it isn’t really a run, it’s a scamper. His shoulders are hunched, his body compact, perhaps from all of those lung puncturing tackles he makes. As he gallops, his head is pushed slightly … Continue reading

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Paul Tupai, in perpetuity

The Scrum Bar at Goldington Road in Bedford, a place where the past alights. The walls are adorned with photographs of XVs stretching back generations. Sons and fathers; grandfathers before them. Hundreds of men, facing the camera with the same … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a feint

I have questions regarding the First Lions Test of 2017. Although, they are mostly for myself. About hope and shouting loudly at the TV in front of my children. There are things I need to do better. I’m working on … Continue reading

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The Crooked Feed – LIONS WARNING FOR FANS

Your rugby news – just not as you know it Lions XV output is now reaching dangerous levels say experts. New studies from the institute who specialise in this sort of stuff say that people are currently assembling ‘what they think … Continue reading

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Nowell’s House Party

Me talking about Haskell, labradors, gravitational physics, marker pens and Sam Burgess’ mum for The Rugby Blog James Haskell is a difficult man to love. He’s in love with himself for starters; a crowded relationship like that can always be … Continue reading

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The fun in the first 48 hours

This article appeared on the Rugby Blog – feel free to read it there So there you go, the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup. It crackled, it fizzed, it kinda meandered slowly and then came to a complete … Continue reading

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