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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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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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Old Eddie and the Sea

It was a test match of which Ernest Hemingway would have approved. A trial of colossal strength, of titanic willpower. The American loved his bloodsports, loved to see men arm-wrestle for hours on end, and Saturday afternoon had two heavyweights … Continue reading

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It’s a mad world…

It’s a mad world my masters. Now, more than ever. And to prove it so, European Rugby was comprehensive in its lunacy. The sublime and the ridiculous; the mundane and the daft. If you had any reason to doubt how … Continue reading

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Worth a celebration

Ah yes, another weekend of devastating, hard-hitting, gulp-taking European Rugby. Worth a celebration? Well no, apparently not. Messrs Burns and Itoje were roundly castigated for their attempts. Probably best we keep things respectful. Leave ostentation to others. No gloating. It’s … Continue reading

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Confessions of a No.7

My interview with Luke Wallace of Harlequins on RugbyPass

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