Rugby

Is ‘roid rage’ to blame for rugby’s decline?

14 July 2018 9:00

Gavin Mortimer’s article on the decline in good behaviour among rugby players  suggests the possible influence of anabolic steroids in…

This Six Nations could be anyone’s – and it couldn’t be more exciting

10 February 2018 13:00

‘It’s never easy going to Rome,’ observed Anthony Watson after the traditional mauling of a hard-working but outgunned Italian side…

The Six Nations is the most exciting sport on the planet

18 February 2017 12:30

Perfection in sport: unattainable, but sometimes you can come close. Moments, people, actions you never tire of watching: Roger Federer’s…

Children’s rugby can be saved by tackling the tackle

3 March 2016 14:16

My son is only 12 yet he has already suffered a fractured skull and a concussion from playing rugby. After…

What schools don’t want you to know about rugby

2 March 2016 9:29

Today, I have joined 70 doctors and academics in writing to the government calling for a ban on tackling in rugby matches,…

Boris Johnson’s history of violence

15 October 2015 12:50

Oh dear. With Boris Johnson needing to mount a political comeback pretty soon in order to have any hope of…

The left hate to admit it, but rugby is no longer a pastime for the privileged

17 September 2015 17:18

Why do lefties hate rugby union so much? Not all of them, of course. There are one or two who…

State of the Union – not good

12 May 2014 12:12

Mr S attended the international rugby union 7s tournament at Twickenham on Saturday, which was graced by some 76,000 people –…

Frank Keating, 1937-2013 - Spectator Blogs

26 January 2013 13:53

A while back a friend remarked that a piece I’d written – on cricket probably though, perhaps, darts – was…

Two Nations; One Calcutta Cup

3 February 2012 16:29

Flower of Scotland is really a dreadful dirge. The one time it is acceptable, however, is when England come to…

Scotland vs England

30 September 2011 18:21

For obvious reasons and though I harbour no* ill-will towards our southern neighbours, it would be grand if tomorrow morning’s…

Six Nations; One Festival of Rugby

4 February 2011 16:34

So here we go again. The Six Nations is back and just as unpredictable as ever. Happy times and so…

Kids Like Playing Rugby. So They Shouldn’t Be Allowed To.

5 July 2010 1:47

This may be today’s most infuriating “story”: Rugby scrums should be banned in schools to protect children involved in a…

Six Nations Report Card

21 March 2010 2:56

The rugby wasn’t always vintage and the set scrum (or rather its interpretation by referees) remains a terrible mess but…

To Murrayfield…

12 March 2010 13:26

No blogging here until Monday: it’s Calcutta Cup weekend and I’m off to Edinburgh today for the festivities. It’s an…

Until 3pm Sunday, Hope Lives!

7 February 2010 4:03

This is optimism’s optimum moment. Twelve hours from now everything will change. That’s when, alas, France will most probably begin…

Bill McLaren 1923-2010

19 January 2010 16:02

He’d been ill for some time, so the news that Bill McLaren, the “Voice of Rugby” has died is sad…

Autumn Rugby Round-Up

29 November 2009 16:21

So, now that the autumn internationals have been completed, we can assess who’s best advanced their preparations for the Six…

An Irish Grand Slam and a Lions Party

24 March 2009 13:25

It wasn’t a great championship this year, though few in Ireland can be expected to give a damn about that.…

The Flower of Scotland Lies Cold in Flanders Clay

20 March 2009 13:46

Back in the days when the Edinbugh Evening News printed a “Saturday Pink” edition, it used to be said that…