Category Archives: Rugby Posts

A collection of reports, views, commentary and analysis of the game of Rugby Union

Understanding Spain — back on the road again

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I’m back on the road again. Well actually, at the minute I’m at sea. My fellow shipmates and I have just set sail from Bilbao for the second time in as many hours, having had to return to port due … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING SPAIN — SPANISH RUGBY. At last… a win for Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club!

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Okay… this is, pure and simply a rugby blog. And so, if Rugby (like cars) isn’t your bag… look away now. Marbella 34, Club de Rugby Athlético Portuenese 12 Marbella 1st XV recorded their first league victory in five outings … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING SPAI…LITERATURE

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“Anyone who thinks that life is fair,” Richard M. Nixon once said, “has been seriously misinformed.” So, as I’m sitting on the toilet Monday morning — as is my wont and my joy to do so — checking the weekend’s … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING SPAIN — The Power of Porsche and a Right Good Reunion

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Reader warning — this blog is pretty much all about cars, so if you’re not a petrolhead, look away now! I bought it, of course. You knew I would, I knew I would and naturally the Porsche salesman knew I … Continue reading

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Greene King IPA Championship update

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The Greene King IPA Championship should be the irritating small dog that snaps at the heels of the Aviva Premiership. Richard Grainger examines if it is, and if it’s fit for purpose. Here are five reasons why England’s second tier … Continue reading

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A MONTH IN MARBELLA — Part Seven

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I am going to begin this blog with a couple of long-overdue corrections. First, two posts ago, a friend pointed out that I had used the word ‘council’ incorrectly in the context of ‘keeping my counsel.’ Guilty as charged. He … Continue reading

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A MONTH IN MARBELLA — PART SIX

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Domingo, Febrero 21st Sunday is, in some circles, regarded as a day of rest and, having sorted my apartment in four days, I feel I’ve earned one. What to do? I have arranged to collect my first house guest from … Continue reading

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Sonny Bill and the Medal of Doom

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Sonny Bill Williams: New Zealand star gives Rugby World Cup medal to young boy and is presented with replacement at award ceremony This is the Independent’s on-line headline we awoke to on Sunday morning.   I am deeply disconcerted by … Continue reading

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Sunday morning. Replacing the peel of church bells from England’s spires on a glorious ‘Indian summer’s morning was the clattering of chickens coming home to roost. England had crashed out of the World Cup. Humbled, disgraced and even humiliated, defeated … Continue reading

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Swing Very Low — Sweet Chariot

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By my reckoning, England are as good as out of the World Cup. It will take a miracle, based on last night’s performance, for Stuart Lancaster’s men to beat Australia and not to become the first World Cup hosts to … Continue reading

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