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A Love for Test Cricket –

Since England lost the Ashes a host of players have come out to express their concern over the health of test cricket. If your hoping to read an article on why this is, or isn’t the case then it may be worth stopping now. I’m going to avoid discussing the dangerous road the ECB have started us on in pushing […]

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A Problem Like Eddie’s

Guest Blogger Jez Denton with a few thoughts  Regardless of whether England ruin Ireland’s Grand Slam ambitions on the weekend or not, it is fair to say that this Six Nations campaign has been a disappointing one for Eddie Jones, England Rugby, its players and supporters. Much of this is down to two factors; one that England are victims of […]

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Italy v England – Vene Vidi Vici

A week in Rome with no laptop means I ‘m writing this after round 2 of the 2018 6 Nations tournament.  As usual I have photos to share and a few thoughts on the game. (lots more photos to follow when WordPress starts working properly again) This was my second visit to Rome to watch the match, this time it […]

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Rugby > Football? Time to take stock?

I’m on a train from Clermont to Paris having had a very convivial weekend with friends watching my team Saracens in the Champions Cup. I feel the need to put fingers to keyboard after reading about some of the goings on at Welford Road in particular this weekend. Events that are taking place more and more at rugby matches. I […]

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England v Australia

Just under 82,000 people made their way to Twickenham to watch England take on Australia, a team they’d bettered in their last 4 meetings, 3 of which were Down Under in 2016.  There was a time when it was a momentous thing to see England beat a Southern Hemisphere team.  But, there’s now an expectation, in the Autumn in particular, […]

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Dan Norcross – from the sofa to the TMS box

It struck me that as one of the new boys on the popular BBC test Match Special fans might like to know more about Dan Norcross.  the man behind the dulcet tones.  I’ve been lucky enough to get to know him a bit after meeting him at a benefit lunch for Darren Stevens last year, he’s delightful company! We arranged […]

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England v Argentina

Much has been written and many moans have been had about this first Autumn International match for England.  They faced Argentina, a team no longer considered an Autumn whipping boy. Eddie Jones had said that he wouldn’t use the players who featured in the Lions tour and he kept his word as far as 2 of them were concerned  Owen […]

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Saracens v Harlequins

Autumn International time is nearly here which means club rugby switches over to the Anglo Welsh Cup, before I focus on the match I went to here’s an explanation of the competition from the Premiership Rugby site – Each team in pool 1 shall play each team in pool 4 once and each team in pool 2 shall play each […]

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Barbarians v All Blacks

At last I’ve been at 2 matches over a weekend in daylight hours!  That means I have some photos to share, my camera is a bit rubbish with late kick offs. So, more Phlog than Blog is what this will be, in fact it may be something of a rant. I hadn’t intended to go to this match, but I […]

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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 […]