Will Carling

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Gatland's Selection So Right, Humble Pie So Filling

(8) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (10:21)

There is getting it wrong and there is getting it very wrong, and yes, safe to say, my fears and predictions for the last Lions Test were firmly in the latter. It is scant relief to know that I was far from alone, and not an excuse either, but it...

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No O'Driscoll

(10) Comments | Posted 4 July 2013 | (14:54)

Yes he is just one man - and this is a team game - and yes he might have just lost the finest of edges, but it was still a huge shock to me that Brian O'Driscoll's name was not on the team sheet, and that it did not have...

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The Lions Enter 'Judgement Time'

(4) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (00:00)

So the first Test is looming, and with it the onset of serious judgement for both coaches. Who would have guessed it a few years ago, the Lions playing Australia and two Kiwis are heading up the opposing sides? I know I am old school here, and I know the...

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The Lions Tour Is All About Trust

(4) Comments | Posted 5 June 2013 | (11:00)

Before we go any further, we all have to take a deep breath and forget our national bias! If not, then this blog is going to fail badly... (Nothing new there then!)

I was pretty pleased with the Lions squad, the were the obvious surprises, Matt Stevens being the obvious...

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Rugby's Fight to Differentiate Itself and Be Heard

(22) Comments | Posted 3 April 2013 | (00:00)

I was trying to explain to a football-obsessed mate the other day why I loved playing rugby and why I still think it has a unique appeal. It made me start to question where rugby is, how it has changed since I played, all those years ago, and where it...

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England's Season - A Headmaster's Report

(2) Comments | Posted 19 March 2013 | (23:00)

Obviously when looking back, the last game looms large in the memory - especially when it was as traumatic as the Welsh victory was from an English point of view. But it is important to look right back and to do it without being tainted by the last game alone.

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An Englishman in Cardiff

(10) Comments | Posted 15 March 2013 | (23:00)

It has certainly started. The old ones being the best, as in 'where do we put our chariots', and 'will they fit', 'what the Dragon is going to do' etc etc. I love the humour and I love the passion of England V Wales and, let's be honest, the underlying...

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Me and the Lions

(2) Comments | Posted 8 March 2013 | (23:00)

Not surprisingly there is a huge amount of Lions talk flying around at the moment, all a little premature, but nonetheless fun! I thought with all the Lions talk I should respond to some allegations about my own view on the Lions, and my poor involvement.

To give you...

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Bring on the 15 Eric Cantonas

(0) Comments | Posted 21 February 2013 | (23:00)

Le Crunch as the French now call it, England V France as we stoically refer to it, or the most fearsome game of the Five Nations as I remember it. And fearsome it was, not from a frightened I will get hurt point of view, but fearsome from a 'these...

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England Vs Scotland - The History, The Love, The Scars

(4) Comments | Posted 30 January 2013 | (23:00)

My first England win was against Scotland, having lost in my first game to the French in Paris and then Jonathan Davies and his Welsh mates at Twickenham, so after my first game at Murrayfield; I thought it was a great place! Little did I know.

It was after this...

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My Hopes for England in This Six Nations

(2) Comments | Posted 25 January 2013 | (23:00)

Oh yes, here it comes, the Six Nations! For rugby fans, from the fanatics to the vaguely interested, the Six Nations does have that special ability to evoke all kinds of different emotions. So many of them are those warm, friendly, positive emotions that the sight of an England shirt...

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Cheating in Sport

(11) Comments | Posted 9 January 2013 | (23:00)

Thought I would start the year with a nice gentle blog, just to ease back into it, so hence am taking on the subject of cheating... oh yes! Should be plain sailing.

Let's start with the furore around 'Bloodgate'! At first it was exceptional for me, in that there was...

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'That' Decision

(2) Comments | Posted 27 November 2012 | (14:33)

So is it really all about 'that' decision?

Yes Robshaw called for a kick at goal, in the last couple of minutes of the game against South Africa and yes in that instance it was the wrong decision.

BUT, it was one decision, out of how many? That is...

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How do England Move on and Up?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2012 | (09:55)

I am trying hard not to indulge in a knee jerk reaction to England's loss to Australia on Saturday, as many have I see...

Yes it was hugely disappointing, for a variety of reasons, hopes were high after their French escapade, basic skills were alarmingly low, creativity was lacking, as...

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Match Day

(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2012 | (23:00)

Memories... (bloody hell is that Barbra Streisand I can hear singing in the background?!)

What did, or what do international rugby match days mean to you? What did they mean to me?

Way back, and yes, we are talking way way back, when I was little, they were great days...

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England Rugby Team Selection for a New Culture

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2012 | (05:00)

Lots of talk and opinion about the England squad, as always, frustration at some who have not made it and frustration at some who have! It will never change.

But let's be honest, Leicester fans watch their players week in, week out and hence quite rightly argue for their inclusion...

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Why Rugby Is Still About Commitment, Courage, Loyalty and Ability

(12) Comments | Posted 29 October 2012 | (23:00)

"Back in my day" - the cry of the ex-sportsman, or woman, that makes all the current players roll their eyes and walk away...

And quite rightly in my view, as today is their time, for their glory and for their memories, as we have had ours and hopefully...

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Six Nations: Why Are the English So Universally Disliked?

(65) Comments | Posted 14 March 2012 | (23:00)

The Six Nations approaches it's climactic weekend, and it's got me thinking. What makes it so special, what makes it so brilliant and so bloody gut wrenching? It's a bit like house matches at school, they were often more intense and violent than games against other schools. Why?


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