Match Preview: England v Romania

"Ya, might have mentioned that the oiks in the press give the family a hard time." "How far do you think I could throw that little fellow?"


Romanian rugby fans may well look back wistfully at the glorious days of the Ceausescu regime when the Oaks beat Wales, Scotland and France twice each, as well as running the All Blacks close in 1981. Probably not, though. Continue reading

I Hear Marlborough Does A Very Good Sauvignon Blanc

HSS Tins Blares The Foghorn

Someone else has to drive home though, I left my keys at the palace ... and I've been banned from driving for three years.

“We have got to be careful. It is a different world to what it was 20 years ago. I remember going to New Zealand as a British Lion in 1993 and the boys had good fun but they have got to be careful not to put themselves and their team-mates at risk.” Continue reading

Sweet Chariots, Barbour Jackets, Big Lumps: England Squad Review

Traditionally, England’s biggest problem is a media driven, merry-go-round approach to selection. Until Geoff Cooke became manager in 1987, Fleet Street delighted in throwing up names for selection and shooting them down once the new blood failed to gel. Cooke introduced a cleft chinned Will Carling as his captain and built a team around a bunch of big coppers. Continue reading