Posts for 2011

Respectful Rugby
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Ben Scanlan

Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of going down to Harlequins for the day with Agboola ‘Jack’ Silverthorn and it was an eye opening experience in many ways. One of the key buzzwords around Quins is ‘respect’ and in their case it takes many different forms (and as a disclaimer, I’m a Leicester fan, so feel no compulsion to big up a club who have taken the Tigers rightful place at the summit of the league):

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So how special are we?
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Fred Pentecost

Rugby has been lost to our local community for many years, do we have an historic duty to bring it back to the forefront in Hackney? 

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Observing England's Newest Coach
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Morgan Whitlock

A host of coaches gathered in Hatfield to watch Saracens youth section train recently, with England's own Andy Farrell acting as our guide. After a brief introduction we were taken down to the training field and watched an hour and a half of terrific coaching. Here are a few thoughts on what we saw, and how it could perhaps be applied to a club like ours, I've given it the sub-heading One Club, hopefully you can see why:

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The Poison Chalice of Loyalty
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Ben Scanlan

 Yesterday Martin Johnson was criticised for his attitude towards Mike Tindall – there has been a fair amount of criticism aimed at the current England Manager, but for me this is wide of the mark. Let’s consider the situation:

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 Guide me oh thou great redeemer?
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Ben Scanlan

So in the week after the world cup was won, the RFU have said they didn’t actually put a deadline on Martin Johnson and Graham Henry has declared his interest in coming back to Britain. 

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It's the back row stupid!
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Morgan Whitlock

When everyone has calmed down a bit I think we'll look back on this World Cup as a terrific tournament. It's had some huge shocks, some phenomenal individual performances, some huge team efforts and plenty of controversial moments. 

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A Refereeing Divide
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Ben Scanlan

For me today settled the debate about Allain Rolland – it may be possible to disagree with the law, and I for one do, but he applied it consistently and did everything consistently last week. Craig Joubert did not today and becomes not only the second South African to referee a final, but the second to have had a large bearing on the result.

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Ben Scanlan

So what could possibly go wrong with a man known for the usage of profanities writing a blog about rugby. only time will tell!

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