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Wednesday 11th November 2009
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Hi my name is Rupert Bates and I will now be blogging for Everything Rugby.
I have been scribbling about rugby for The Sunday Telegraph and Rugby World for many years now and also cover the European game for Rugby News in New Zealand – the game’s best- selling
weekly.
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
toast.
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.
 
 
 

Posted by: , on November 11th 2009 on 01:59am
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Hi Rupert. I'm pleased to see you're now blogging on rugby - I always read your articles in the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph rugby pages and think you've got a great take on the game. But as with most UK journalists, you don't seem able to let go of the recent Lions series. Why can't you simply accept that unlike '97, the better team won? Why are so many people celebrating our (losing) 'heroes'?! The Boks lost in '97 despite dominating the Lions in every single department but that which proved crucial - goal kicking. So what they outscored the Lions by 9 tries to 3? They don't seem to go on about the injustices of that series, so we should accept this series loss with similar grace. No more references to eye gouging please - let's all move on.

And with regards topics for future blogs, how about a piece explaining the actual skill required in the various front row positions?

Good to find you on this blog...

Julian
Posted by: Julian, on November 18th 2009 on 02:27pm
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