Volunteers in Grass Roots Rugby

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So that’s it then.  The end of the grass roots 2014/15 rugby season.  League matches and county fixtures ended a couple of weeks ago; Junior and Mini age groups were on tour during the Bank Holiday weekend.  Matches over.  Season over. The Mini and Junior age groups at our club had their presentation evenings on […] READ MORE



Referees – Saints or Sinners?

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I gave a lot of thought as to the subject of my contribution this week.  I was prepared to wait until after the Toulon v Wasps clash on Sunday before making up my mind, but having seen the absolutely dreadful display of refereeing in my son’s match yesterday, I thought I’d write about that. I’ve […] READ MORE


Rugby: A Positive Attitude when dealing with Injury

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This weekend, my son’s college team are on tour in Lisbon at this Festival: http://www.portugalrugbyfestival.com/home.aspx Boy was selected, but his inclusion in the squad was dubious after the fractured foot he sustained just before Christmas.  Despite his attempts at maintaining his fitness, his coach made the decision to leave Boy at home and give his […] READ MORE


England vs France: Allez Les Bleus!

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At long last an actual performance from France!  I’ve been saying all week that France would find their mojo in time for their match against England and (sadly for England supporters like me) boy, did they bring it! The location this week for my viewing was very different to the usual living room or Old […] READ MORE


Azzurri v Les Bleus

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The 0-29 score line was somewhat flattering to a French side that had had eight changes from the previous match, who travelled to Italy for the match up against the Azzurri at Stadio Olympico yesterday (Sunday 15th March 2015).   The French media – passionate about their rugby and pride in their national team, had […] READ MORE


An Interview with Referee, Hayden Sarjeant

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Hayden Sarjeant is a 42 year old Maintenance Manager with Jaguar Land Rover and father to two boys.  At weekends (and the occasional evening, if required), he’s a Level 6 Referee.  I spent an hour with him this morning and asked him a LOT of questions about being ‘Sir’. But first, his credentials:  Hayden played rugby from the age […] READ MORE


Les Bleus v The Red Dragons

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Philippe Saint-Andre is angry.  He claims his players are not giving their all and that some are too concerned with their off pitch antics to focus completely.  PSA has promised many changes to the squad that will travel to Italy for the next RBS Six Nations encounter. I can’t agree with PSA’s assessment.  For me, […] READ MORE


Six Nations Round 2 – Ireland vs France

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France, back in blue, went to the Aviva stadium knowing they haven’t lost there since the stadium was rebuilt. Philippe Saint-Andre fielded a side with only one change, after the 6 Nations opener against Scotland.  Eddy Ben Arous brought in for the injured Alexandre Menini.  This in itself is unusual; PSA has used 80 players […] READ MORE