Monday, 30 August 2010
While I gather myself and summon up the energy to resume blogging, here's evidence that at least a few Australians know the words to their national anthem...
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Relaxation will be the order of things with maybe the occasional jog along the beach if I'm feeling too guilty (highly unlikely). I may even participate in a bit of windsurfing spectating if I can summon up the energy.
In the meantime my best wishes go out to the England Women's rugby team who kick off their World Cup campaign against Ireland next Friday evening. All things point to an epic England v Black Ferns final on 5th September but there's the small matter of getting to the final first.
For a rough guide to the tournament try this...
Good bye and good luck...
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Despite Cipriani's denials and his insistence that his recent training stints with Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur have been no more than attempts to keep up his fitness, that bastion of all things good and true, The Daily Mail, insists that Cipriani could make the switch to the round ball game professionally.
This appears to be based on the fact that Danny-boy played in a reserve match for Spurs against Malaga earlier this summer and the fact that Spurs coach Tim Sherwood commented: "When he put the kit on, he didn't look like a rugby player, he looked like a footballer."
How ridiculous. On that basis Tim Payne could play prop for England. Oh, wait a minute...
Sunday, 8 August 2010
After a rough tackle which sparked a brawl in a match between Chaffey Titans and Mildura Tigers, a certain Kava Lumanuvao retrieved a knife from his car before returning to the field.
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Now, it may appear a tad harsh to accuse the perfectly presentable Sampson of batting above his average (and, after all, who am I to criticise?) but it does appear that being a professional rugby player certainly has its perks nowadays.
Other examples of blokes who have arguably swum a yard or two out of their depth in recent times include Gavin Henson, Mike Tindall and maybe even Brian O'Driscoll (although being rugby deity probably disqualifies him from the list).
I'm sure there must be others - answers on the back of a postcard please...
No, what I'm wondering is what sort of outfit Cipriani's new team, the Melbourne Rebels, are likely to be.
How could any self-respecting rugby player fail to be inspired by that?
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Clearly they are doing nothing of the sort. The All Blacks are merely doing what they habitually do in between World Cups – i.e. they are playing rugby better than anyone else. As a consequence they are dominating a Tri Nations competition in which the Springboks (and in particular their insane coach) have lost the plot and in which the Wallabies continue to be maddeningly inconsistent.
Bills, obviously a graduate of the University of the Bleeding Obvious, also claims that English club sides could learn a thing or two from the All Blacks. I wish I was paid for such startling insights.
Bottom line is that New Zealand have an excellent rugby team playing extremely well 13 months ahead of the start of the World Cup. ‘Twas ever thus.
Monday, 2 August 2010
And then someone whispers into your ear - Fylde have signed Jason Robinson. What - Jason who used to work on the deli counter at Tescos and played Colts rugby with us a couple of years ago? No, THE Jason Robinson, League and Union legend, England and Lions legend, possibly the best player this country has ever seen and did I mention he's a LEGEND?