Gouging - rugby's shame
Ireland robbed - again
Now my father-in-law is a New Zealander, beautiful country and all that, but Richie McCaw IRB Player of the Year? I don’t think so. A great flank forward, McCaw has however missed a chunk of games and admittedly the All Blacks have missed him, for this has been a distinctly average
Who are the best rugby tweeters? I follow Everything Rugby’s Tom May on Twitter from
Jason Leonard tweets plenty but it is about his new venture The Construction Network, not rugby, while former England scrum-halves Matt Dawson and Kyran Bracken are still locked in competition; this time for the number of followers.
Others on Twitter are London Irish lock Nicky Kennedy – why is he not in the
It has not been the best of autumns for
Northampton's Clarke can fill England shoes
Purple Drain Purple Drain
Rupert Bates reviews the weekend's international rugby action
France 20 South Africa 13
The game of the weekend and the player of the weekend in
Wales 17 Samoa 13
A banana skin - appropriate given the hideous yellow welsh jerseys - narrowly avoided. These South Sea Islanders would be world beaters if they ever got the proper funding. It would be nice if the all blacks played in
Scotland 23 Fiji 10
You know just how far
The rugby failed to match the occasion with an amazing 80,000 crowd packing
England 16 Argentina 9
How depressing was this? As they say on the Pampas of South America, England were all hat and no cattle. In the end I was shamefully willing on
If Borthwick goes - and the stubbornness that made Jonno such a formidable opponent counts against him as a manager - who do you have as captain? No point in upsetting Jonny Wilkinson’s current karma. Lewis Moody, a rare light on a dark day? Mad Moodos chases ball with the considered judgement of a dog chasing cars, so not exactly captaincy material. Then again at least a touch of madness and mayhem at the helm might be worth watching. Those at Twickenham should start a Facebook page called ‘Give us our money back RFU’. As for those purple jerseys – a commercial disgrace as bad as the team.
Ireland 20 Australia 20
Who writes Brian O'Driscoll's scripts? Also good to see Rocky O'Elsom scoring in
Thinking about it if
I’m holding a glass of wine in my blog picture because it was red and tasted good. The bricks? I also write on property. My rugby career? It
peaked in France playing hooker for Valence and troughed there too. I blame it on the red.
I am delighted that England centre Tom May of Everything Rugby – he’s the Toulon 12 who makes the Toulon 10 look good – has asked me to blog for the site.
It will be random weekly thoughts on the world of rugby each Monday, looking back over the weekend’s action and the issues of the day.
Hopefully I will blog with a hint of wit, a slice of wisdom and a
mischief of provocation to stimulate debate online. Not enough to
pebble dash the kitchen with coffee in disgust as you read my blog
over breakfast. But plenty to make you pause before you butter your
Be it an international weekend, the Guinness Premiership, or the
Heineken Cup, I’ll take a look, as well as keeping an eye on the
French Top 14 and the England boys illuminating that league and also what’s happening in the southern hemisphere. Everything Rugby is grass roots up, covering every tier of the game, so please suggest any topics of discussion at any level and post your views.