Total Flanker

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A Rugby Blog...the older I get the better I was



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Why we play the game

on Jan 22, 2018 in: poetry, rugby

Stumbled across this on Facebook...WHY WE PLAY THE GAME by RUPERT McCALLWhen the battle scars have fadedAnd the truth becomes a lieWhen the weekend smell of liniment,Could almost make you cryWhen the last rucks well behind you,And the man who ran now...

Keeping Jones

on Jan 17, 2018 in: England, rugby

Today's announcement from the RFU that it has agreed to extend Eddie Jones' contract as England head coach until 2021 makes perfect sense. Jones had previously maintained he would step down after the 2019 World Cup, but the contract extension wi...

An Ode to Tommy Bowe...

on Jan 16, 2018 in: poetry, rugby

After Ulster and Ireland wing Tommy Bowe announced, by way of an extremely iffy limerick, that he will be retiring from rugby at the end of the season......it is only fitting that I respond as follows:There once was a fella called Bowe...

As Austin Healy points out in today's Telegraph, the breakdown is "an unholy mess".Actually, as far as I can recall, the word "breakdown" is, in itself, a relatively modern thing. Back in the day (here he goes again) we simply had the maul and the ru...

I am Rugby Ready

on Jan 11, 2018 in: coaching

It's official - I am delighted to announce that I am finally Rugby Ready.What I mean is that earlier this week I completed the RFU's Rugby Ready course for mini and youth rugby coaches.Whilst predominantly concerned with safely introducing younger ag...

Hey Joe

on Jan 8, 2018 in: rugby

I like Joe Marler. He's a far better player than he's often given credit for and off the field he comes across as a decent, thoughtful and witty human being.There's a fair to middling chance, however, that Marler will deservedly be suspended for at l...

Une Certitude Bleue

on Jan 4, 2018 in: France, rugby

France will win the 2018 Six Nations.Conventional wisdom might suggest that the more likely winners would be one of England or Ireland but, mark my words, it will be France.Why? Well, setting aside the fact that France always seem to do well in the S...