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England v All Blacks – an unlikely win

Guest writer Elston Hamblin isn’t optimistic about England’s chances when they do eventually meet the All Blacks, in answer to Jez Denton’s piece. Having read Mr Denton’s article on a  plan to beat the All Blacks , it will take an unsurmountable effort whoever is in the side with regard to the  high amount of tackling, winning the ruck and mauling from line outs nearer opponents line, play what is in front of them taking their chances, they won in 2012 38-21.  I will put a case of why it is unlikely they’ll win again. Players like Itoje, Lauchbury, Billy and Mako Vunipola are integral to England’s success over the last two years also most of them were on the […]

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Can England out All Blacks the All Blacks?

Guess writer Jez Denton gives a few opinions on coaching and the international set up Whilst watching the Aviva Premiership highlights last night Mark Durden-Smith asked David Flatman ‘why, seeing as the form he’s shown over the last three to four seasons, isn’t Alex Goode even in the England squad, let alone the starting fifteen for the Autumn Internationals.’ Flatman, being just about the best summariser on rugby around at the moment, gave an illuminating answer, being that Eddie Jones, with a 10/12 axis of Ford and Farrell, doesn’t need another creative player at 15 and instead requires a defensive rock there that allows the creative players the space into which to do what they do best. And whilst I […]

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Wooden Spoon & Grangewood School

When I took early retirement I decided that I’d be watching even more sport and getting involved in charity where I could.  I’m a Trustee of a local charity working with children, I do some work for Marie Curie, I try my best to spread the word of the good work carried out by The Saracens SportS Foundation and recently […]

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Champions Cup Rugby – Week 1

European Rugby is back!  There’s something special about this competition, I try to watch as much of it as I can.  That meant 2 games for me over this first weekend – Harlequins v La Rochelle followed by Northampton Saints v Saracens. I’m maybe an odd sports fan, I have my teams but I have soft spots for several others, […]

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The Saracens Sports Foundation 2017

I’ve written about the Saracens Sports Foundation before, but the annual Patron’s Evening has given me the chance to go again, I really can’t write too much about the work carried out by this wonderful group of people. The charity was established in 2000, they work across Hertfordshire and North London and inspire communities, changing lives throughout the power of […]

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England v South Africa Day 2 Old Trafford

As England managed to beat the West Indies in 3 days I’m sitting at home rather than at Lords so can get back to my mission of getting up to date with the cricket I’ve watched this summer. England started the day on 252 for 6 with work to do, Toby Roland-Jones and Jonny Bairstow were batting.  Sticking with the […]

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England v South Africa Day 1 Old Trafford

I’m on catch up again with piles of photos to share and the final test of the summer due to start this week.  That means I have two test matches to account for before I set off for Lords on Thursday.  With that in mind I’m going down the highlights with lots of photos route. I booked the Sale Travelodge […]

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Martin Gleeson – Life After Rugby

An Orrell RUFC Retweet on Twitter and a discussion between a friend, Colin Ratcliffe and Martin Gleeson connected me to this rugby league legend.  Another of those men I watched play Super League over many years.  We weren’t able to meet face to face so the wonders of the internet and FaceTime it had to be.  I was in Birmingham […]

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England v South Africa – Day 1 – The Oval

As a Surrey and England member I have an allocated seat in the OCS Stand for Test matches, I’ve been able to swap into the pavilion each time however.  For this test I was in the front row of the lower tier behind the bowlers arm. The second test had been something of a disappointment at Trent Bridge I was […]

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Engaging South Asian Communities with Cricket

An invite from a Facebook connection Jug Johal saw me heading to Leicestershire’s Grace Road to attend an event organised by the Asian Sports Foundation, the aim of the evening was to talk about Asians in Sport.  Having been at Old Trafford to watch Moeen Ali play an innings for  which would contribute to him being the Man of The […]

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The Women’s World Cup Final – England v India

The problem with watching so much cricket, if I can call it a problem is that I struggle to keep up with writing about it.  I’ve come home today after a week away watching England play at Old Trafford and Essex at Scarborough.  Essex managed to beat Yorkshire by 8 wickets in 2 days so I find myself with a […]

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The Asian Sports Foundation

I’ve just arrived home from a very rainy Scarborough, having watched Essex beat Yorkshire on Monday afternoon, tomorrow I drive back to Leicestershire CCC to attend an event as detailed below.  I’m looking forward to learning more about the Foundation and their plans and will share once I’ve sat in one place for more than 24 hours! The Asian Sports […]

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Women’s Rugby – One step forward, ten back!

On Sunday I was at Lords watching the England Women’s Cricket Team win the World Cup in nail biting fashion.  It was a great occasion with 2 excellent teams battling it out in front of a capacity crowd.  The balance of that crowd was far more female orientated than the crowds I’m used to sitting in watching the England men. it also had high numbers of children.  The fact that their tickets were only £5 will have been a great factor.  Many of the girls were there to see their idols in action.  A saying was used on BBC TMS that had been taken from a lady called Marian Wright Edelman You Can’t Be What You Can’t See  Can’t Be What […]

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England v South Africa Day 3 – Trent Bridge

The 3rd test is days away and a lot of cricket has been attended including the Women’s World Cup Final , but I must finish off my Trent Bridge experience. Day 3 saw Faf du Plessis and his South Africa put themselves in an unassailable position, that meant pretty much a full day of watching them bat.  The day started […]