My three children are all sporty. They run which means cross-country in the Winter and athletics in the Summer. My daughter plays netball, volleyball, hockey and rugby. My sons play rugby and football. They are all competitive in their various sports which spills over into other aspects of life.
It's January 1947, and 21-year-old veterinary student Micky Steele-Bodger has just found out he's been picked for England. "I heard it on the wireless", he recalls. He would be playing against Wales - and it would be a match with extra special meaning.
Like questionable fashion tastes, rugby strategies too often seem just as whimsical. Initially entrenched in some simplified notion of the now, they're then dumped after dubious overuse in ways that weren't originally intended.
A Six Nations Championship on the eve of a British and Irish Lions campaign always fizzes with more intensity than usual. Players push themselves to the very limit of their athletic abilities in a bid to impress the selectors and gain a coveted place on the aeroplane for a tour which, for most, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the pinnacle of their rugby career.
Whilst I am not what could be described as a follower of rugby union, the upcoming six nations tournament will be launched with predictable fanfare and, in all fairness, large crowds and high levels of public interest.
One of the big issues we'll be focusing on in sport this year is around issues of equity and women's sport. It may be something that's been around for a while but we still have a way to go to get it right.
We - society - therefore must work harder to improve the happiness levels of our young people in the UK. But this must be for all young people, no matter their background or current situation. With positive mentoring and support, they'll soon learn that it is all still to play for.
If travel restrictions occur, our European counterparts will likely encounter the same difficulties when trying to catch games on British soil. We could begin to see stadiums, even pitches, bare, which could have real knock-on effects for the game as a whole.
About three weeks ago, the name of English football referee Mike Dean was splashed across the back pages of the papers. He had made two contentious decisions in two televised games resulting in the scorn of the pundits being poured upon him. He is, apparently, arrogant and attention seeking. He also apparently wants to be a celebrity.
Rugby League is a sport of the working class and does see itself as something of an anti-establishment game, with good historical reasoning. The sport has to move with the times however and cannot continue to use historical grievance for a lack of progress.
In the meantime, everyone involved in impact sport needs to do their part to ensure sports are played as safely as they can be, and when risks are involved, to be aware, and mitigate them to the greatest extent possible.
Fiji's rugby sevens triumph at the Rio Olympics provided one of the most absorbing narratives in the history of the Games. Here was a team from an impoverished, tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean, elevated to giant status by dominating the men's inaugural competition - and in the process winning Fiji its maiden podium finish, sparking wild, prolonged celebrations back home.
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Over the pond, video replays are used to assist official's decisions in basketball, ice hockey and baseball. So someone please tell me why the suits over at football HQ haven't given it the green light yet? The sooner we get them in, the better and fairer the game will be.
In March of this year, a body called the Sport Collision Injury Collective published a now famous letter calling for a ban on tackling in school's rugby. The reaction made interesting viewing with allegations that the authors of the letter were subjected to abuse online. This sort of abuse is totally unacceptable but also demonstrates the depth of feeling that the subject raised.