IS a truth of rugby life, that the one space of the sport which makes
cash is the worldwide degree. Nevertheless, since that elite tier of
the sport needs to be under-pinned by the higher numbers concerned in
the membership sport – some type of compromise is required within the
financing of the general sport. The place the sport is the massive factor, all
might be nicely – gamers will all the time want to merely play; the
issues begin when the cash factor is available in.
chanced upon an instance of this simply this week, after I learn a chunk
on the journey issues which the South African groups within the BKT
United Rugby Championship are having. Clearly, flying a full
match-day squad of South African gamers, plus the coaches and
back-up employees up from their homeland to Europe is all the time going to be
an costly enterprise. So, to assist out, the South African Rugby Union
signed a sponsorship take care of Qatar, which suggests, the 4 South
African groups, when coming north – must fly by way of Qatar.
nevertheless, means, they’re subjected to a 40-hour flight time, with
adjustments of plane in Doha and once more as soon as they arrive in Europe. To
make issues worse, they – even the massive guys like Eben Etzebeth
and The Bomb Squad” are being requested to fly “cattle
class” in “Economic system.”
European-based groups haven’t got the identical issues. As an illustration, the
piece I learn talked about how, when Glasgow Warriors fly to
Johannesburg subsequent month, to finish their rescheduled match
with The Lions, they are going to fly Enterprise Class – Glasgow to
Heathrow, then (nonetheless enterprise class) Heathrow to Jo’burg;
repeating this route on the way in which again. Twelve hours one-way, simple.
marvel, which URC crew would be the first to take a leaf from the
North American skilled sports activities world and get their very own unique
jet for the long-haul journeys.
2023 FOSROC Super6 Dash Collection is not as a consequence of kick-off for
one other three months, however, this week we now have seen some motion with
new teaching appointments introduced.
have seen Alan Tait named as Head Coach at Southern
Knights, assisted by Scott Wright, who strikes again to the
Greenyards from Selkirk. Then, Steve Scott was
named as substitute for Fergus Pringle at S6 Champions
Ben Cairns having moved from Stirling to Heriot’s in
November, the one large job nonetheless vacant is to call Ben’s substitute
at Bridgehaugh. I might anticipate that appointment to be
introduced later this month.
has my flabber been much less
ghasted – Venus do Milo –
or Owen Farrell as he
kinds himself, has been handed a four-week ban, lowered to 3 if
he attends one thing known as “Sort out College.” This implies he’ll
be obtainable for England’s 6 Nations marketing campaign.
a serial offender on the subject of head-high, no-arms tackles. The
final time he was up earlier than the beaks, be copped a six week ban. So,
this time spherical he will get 4/three.
you, are we Scots shocked. Assume again to the great outdated novice days,
when the present Chairman of the SRU –
again then an enormous daft boay frae Kelsy, together with a senior England
participant, determined to take the venerable Calcutta Cup
and present it across the pubs of Rose Road,
following the annual encounter between sports activities oldest worldwide
the trophy was returned to the Balmoral Lodge, The Calcutta
Cup had develop into “The
Calcutta Plate.” John Jeffrey (Scotland)
copped a six-month ban for his indiscretion, the then PC
Dean Richards (England) acquired off
with a slight smack on the wrist. The RFU can
be relied on to guard their favourites. What’s that outdated saying
once more – “Britannia waives the foundations.”
WAS so unhappy to learn this week,
arduous on the heels of the lack of Ken Scotland, of
the passing of David Duckham. Duckham,
who handed away, aged 76, was one Englishman who was admired and even
beloved throughout the Celtic fringes of the game, and on into the broader
first broke by as one half of an excellent England centre
partnership with Yorkshireman John Spencer. Nevertheless,
it was when he switched onto the wing that he actually got here into his
he in the end misplaced his place within the Check facet to the more-direct
Welshman John Bevan, Duckham
was one of many stars of that wonderful Lions’ backline of 1971,
Davies, John Dawes and Michael
Edwards’ ‘Attempt of the Century’ would possibly
have been the spotlight of The Barbarians’
victory over the 1972/3 All Blacks, however,
for a lot of, Duckham was the star of that fantastic match, wherein he
scored a superb solo strive.
keep in mind too, with affection, the good Gordon Brown
sort out, which stopped Duckham
in his tracks, through the 1971 Centenary Worldwide at
Murrayfield. Large Broon injured himself stopping a sure strive, and
that damage allowed one other nice Ayrshireman – the unique Gordon
Strachan – to win his first
REPAIR SHOP on BBC is one among my
secret pleasures. The craftsmanship and keenness which the crew places
into their work is outstanding.
was true in Wednesday’s version, when the crew did a implausible job in
restoring one of many nice trophies of Welsh Rugby – The
Welsh Colleges Rugby Union’s Dewar Defend.
nearly 120-year-old mega-sized defend, pictured above earlier than restoration, was in a very unhealthy method,
nevertheless,the crew acquired it again to pristine situation, able to be
performed for for one more 100 years or extra.
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