FIVE FANTASTIC TRIES
Watching Bath Rugby TV’s ‘Classic Matches’ series got me thinking about another ‘Famous Five’ topic – great Bath tries. We have been privileged over the years to see some outstanding tries, at the Rec and elsewhere. So, trawling the memory bank, and the internet, I have chosen five which stick in the memory. Not necessarily the most significant, or even the best, but all special in their way and hopefully will bring a smile to salve the lockdown blues. Here they are.
Ten years ago
Here's the article I wrote 10 years ago
MATT DOES SOME NAVEL GAZING
In the current climate, both in terms of Saracens’ predicament and the global crisis, it’s very easy to sit and navel gaze, reflect on the past, and think about where we go in future. Assuming financial survival post-Coronavirus, I think it’s important for us all to have perspective on where we are and what is about to happen. In reality, writing this is a form of self-indulgent catharsis but if you’ve got time, a comfy chair, and a cup of tea, do read on. Clearly I’m no stranger to healthy debate with fellow fans so feel free to discuss if I don’t bore you to death – this is a long one.
JOINT STATEMENT - SIX NATIONS AND SANZAAR : GLOBAL CALENDAR
Following the World Rugby meetings in March this year, SANZAAR and the Six Nations (“the Nations”) have been working closely over the lockdown period against a set of key principles between the parties, to develop and agree proposals for an aligned global calendar. Even though there may be different preferences, from the outset the Nations have adopted a mindset that has sought to eliminate self-interest and recognise that the international and club game have shared mutual benefits that if approached and managed correctly can enable both to flourish. A further consultation process, in total transparency with unions, clubs and players, will commence as all parties work towards an aligned global calendar that can deliver a clear and coherent narrative.
Six Nations statement on inaccurate Media speculation
The Six Nations wishes to clarify its position amid inaccurate media speculation relating to the staging of a "4 Nations" competition in November excluding France and Italy.
OUR FAVOURITE GAMES # 19 A TALE OF 2 SCRUM HALVES
Let us go back to the winter of 2012 and an early appearance by a young scrum half by the name of Ben Spencer when Saracens took on the (then) mighty Biarritz. It was a game which might have been played in South Africa if some had had their way but instead we had to settle for Watford. It produced a nail-biting finish as I remember when once again Saracens were destined to be England's only representatives in the knock-out stages of Europe's remier competition. How will they manage without us!
Northumberland RFU - News
Writing about rugby at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is still at its peak in the UK and close to home the tally of reported cases in Northumberland exceeds 800 might seem frivolous and perhaps even inappropriate. But that would not recognise the role our clubs play across the county serving their local communities, providing a living for players, coaches and support staff in the professional game and countless other hospitality full and part-time personnel serving our 20 or so amateur clubs, not to mention those employed in schools, colleges, universities and the RFU working in rugby. Stories abound locally of the numerous activities and gestures large and small made by players and club members seeking to help those most at risk and to offer help where they can to NHS and other essential service personnel. What will become of our clubs and the shape of rugby union in the County after this tumultuous 140th year of its existence is impossible to predict. For its part, the Northumberland Rugby Union and the RFU have between them made cash payments to our clubs of almost £94,000 since the lockdown began in March. Additionally, there have been pre-existing loan repayment holidays for four clubs making a total value of financial support £106,258 (cash & deferred payments) all disbursed at very short notice. Advice and support from experienced fund raisers on the board of directors is readily available and a further emergency fund of £5,000 has been ring-fenced for future club emergencies. This, together with any donations received will form the basis of a hardship fund available to help save some of our clubs at very real risk of not surviving this crisis. Read More in the Newsletter....
Time To Move On
There's aocahing mantr which says move on every three years and that's hwtw Johan ASchermann has the good sense to do. He leaves for Japan with bvery best wihshes for a noble atempt but ot is the right deiocison for all partries at the roght tikme.
Rugby through the ages - part 2
Well-ish. Well not even ish really just in my playing career. (Well erm not a career more a social hobby).
20/21 National 1 Club Locations
So where do they come from? Many in far off lands but at least we now have a local derby to go to. Look out for away travel options offered by Albi Travel.