Tag Archives: Rugby union

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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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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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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