Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Dunderhead of the Week

Dunderhead of the Week goes to World Rugby judicial officer Antony Davies who has handed down a ban of 5 weeks to Alesana Tuilagi, effectively for raising his knee in the act of running. 

Japan centre Harumichi Tatekawa was clattered by said knee whilst attempting to tackle the giant Samoan on Saturday. 

The attempted tackle took place pretty much directly in front of me at Stadium MK on Saturday. The Japanese fella got his  body in a poor position and Tuialigi ran straight through and over him.

That the 'incident' (such as it was) was even deemed worthy of a second glance is astonishing.

That "having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles, medical evidence, evidence from the player and submissions from his legal representatives, the judicial officer Antony Davies upheld the citing on the basis that the player had committed the act of foul play" is just utterly ridiculous.

Rumours that Tuilagi asked for 1,263 other similar offices to be taken into consideration remain unconfirmed.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015


Ahead of their RWC Pool A decider against Australia at Twickenham this weekend, it is being reported that some members of the Welsh rugby team may have spotted the ghost of Henry VIII at their hotel in Weybridge...

Monday, 5 October 2015

Get a grip

Regarding England's exit from the World Cup, I mentioned in my post yesterday that the inquest could wait.

How naive.

The ridiculously hysterical reaction of the good old British media and various has-beens and hangers-on is nothing if not predictable.

FFS, get a grip.

Yes, it's a shame. Yes, it's disappointing. Yes, there are various criticisms that can be levelled at the England camp.

But please let's try to get things in perspective. England have lost 2 games of rugby to 2 very good teams. We probably should have beaten Wales, but Wales still had to win that game and did so magnificently. As for Australia, they were very, very good on Saturday - certainly too good for England - and must be a contender for the title.

A smidgeon of dignity in defeat wouldn't go amiss.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Turning Japanese

Prior to the nightmare that unfolded at Twickenham yesterday evening I spent the afternoon with TF Jnr at Milton Keynes watching Japan v Samoa. A few observations:

- excellent game from Japan, especially the first half - great enterprise and their discipline was incredible - only 4 penalties conceded all match;

- quite the opposite from Samoa;

- very impressive stadium - neat, compact, comfortable seats, easy access to food and drink and to cap it all a record attendance;

- great atmosphere (mostly - see below), plenty of wildly enthusiastic Japanese fans with most neutrals also supporting Japan;

- several irritating attempts to get a Mexican wave going - even during kicks. Show a bit of respect;

- ditto the idiots singing "Swing Low";

- finally disappointed that Japan didn't get their bonus point. On yesterday's evidence the Scots should ease past Samoa so Japan won't make the quarters - a huge shame given the way they have played.

Broken Chariot

Ah well, it's all over for England, well beaten by a far superior Australian team at Twickenham last night and now out of the tournament.

The inquest can wait. I now plan to sit back and enjoy the rest of the tournament...

Friday, 2 October 2015

Wishful thinking?

England are closer to winning the World Cup than they were last week.

How so? Well, now England only need to win the next 5 games.

Beat Australia tomorrow night and then Uruguay with a bonus point and England will qualify from Pool A.

Then win the following 3 matches and England are World Champs.

Easy peasy.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

It's good but...

Following defeat to Wales, England players are apparently upset at comments by former England prop Bill Carling...

Monday, 28 September 2015


As an aside, I am 51 years old today. Woohoo. Happy birthday to me etc.

For my birthday present I have asked Stuart Lancaster to deliver a bonus point victory over Australia on Saturday.

I won't be holding my breath...

Whatever happened to TCUP?

Thoughts in the cold light of day, following initial feelings of betrayal and bereavement (yes, bereavement - I know, I know, I really need to get things in perspective!)…

Chapeau to Wales for a magnificent effort when reduced to the bare bones of a team.

Wales were, however, undoubtedly aided by a series of inept English decisions...from removing an utterly dominant front row from the fray, to taking off Sam Burgess with the Wales backline more or less on its knees, to deciding to kick to Wales and invite them to run it back, to blitzing in defence at entirely the wrong time, to not attempting to kick a kickable penalty at the death when 3 points down, to chucking the ball to the front of the ensuing lineout...the list goes on.

Ultimately, well done Wales, brilliant effort.

But whatever happened to thinking clearly under pressure?

Friday, 25 September 2015

Have a little Faith

A bit of light relief away from the increasingly unbearable tension ahead of the England v Wales match tomorrow as diminutive singer Paloma Faith is accused of ruining the Rugby World Cup.
There is, it seems, a petition on that reads as follows:

"We, the undersigned, request that you, ITV, remove Paloma Faith from the Rugby World Cup in order to make it a more enjoyable experience for all spectators."
Admittedly her rendition ‘World in Union’ isn’t great but ruining the World Cup? Hardly.

As the time of posting the petition is supported by a whopping 2,588 people. That’s 2,588 people out of a total average of 3.2 million people that watched the opening eight matches. Which, I think, says it all…