Tuesday, 30 May 2017


Last week was a tough week.

Events in Manchester affected me far more than I’d ever have anticipated, probably because I have 2 kids who are a similar age to many of those killed or injured by the bombing. 

My usual cynical exterior was well and truly pierced last week and I was particularly moved by the reaction of the people of Manchester who pulled together quite magnificently in truly appalling circumstances.

Rugby, frankly, became irrelevant.

And yet life, as the people of Manchester so ably demonstrated, goes on and on Saturday we were treated to a quite magnificent game of rugby between Exeter and Wasps, with Exeter emerging as deserving winners, their sheer collective will dragging them over the line after 100 intense and dramatic minutes.

Twickenham then saw a young England team overcome a wily, experienced Barbarians outfit on Sunday - with the performances of the likes of Sam Underhill, Tom Curry, Nick Isiekwe, Charlie Ewels and Nathan Earle catching the eye and showing that the England talent cupboard is looking well stocked for the future.

And so, to a degree, life returns to normal for many of us. Let's not forget, however, that for many involved in events in Manchester this is not the case and my thoughts remain very much with the families and friends of the victims and others directly affected by last Monday's events.

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