If you were watching your twitter feed a few nights back, you might have seen a few of your favourite rugby stars praising someone called Scott Meenagh, who was being honoured at The Sun Military Awards and who had visited the Scotland squad earlier in the year. Scottish Rugby has now added its congratulations to a rugby fanatic who faced adversity with great courage.
A few short weeks ago football saw a blunder from their figurehead, Sepp Blatter.
The sporting world is thankfully trying to engender discussion about racism. Perhaps it has no choice as impossibly famous figures like Tiger Woods come into the spotlight with stories of his former caddy, Steve Williams, making racist remarks at a dinner. In England Premiership footballer Patrice Evra had accused Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez of racist language. QPR defender Anton Ferdinand quickly followed suit, indicting England captain John Terry for using similar terms.
Glasgow Warriors have welcomed the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as the third official charity partner that the club will support over the next two seasons.
Like Hearts and Balls and Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust will be assisted with player appearances, charity events and the opportunity to fundraise directly at matches and through the Warriors’ official website.
New revelations pour in today about the English World Cup fiasco. Personal revelations. The kind that cannot be ignored because they were taken confidentially and meant for in-house evaluation.
A series of reviews were carried out by the RFU, the RPA (Rugby Players Association) and the combined Premiership rugby clubs and were presented to the Professional Game Board (PGB) last week. As of yesterday some of the findings were leaked
After the launch party last week, and Edinburgh Rugby’s victory at the weekend, we thought you might like to see some of your favourite comeback kings with their tops off. For the third year running Edinburgh Rugby players have bared all (well almost) to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, and for those of you who didn’t rush out after the launch to buy one already, we’ve got a sneak preview.
Melrose, Currie and Ayr all opened their British & Irish Cup campaign this weekend, taking on professional or semi-professional opposition in Bedford Blues, Leeds Carnegie and Plymouth Albion respectively.
As if the pro-team wins weren’t enough to give us a little fillip here in the world of Scottish rugby, Melrose and Ayr both fought back to secure last-gasp victories as they edged past their respective opponents 19-17 and 18-17.
Ayr were boosted by the addition of Johnnie Beattie and Jon Welsh with the former grabbing a try in the closing minutes after the Scots were down 17-5 at half time, while Melrose were down 17-0 at halftime and fought back for the win at the Greenyards.
It wasn’t all cheery though, as Currie were defeated 16-31 at Headingley. London Scottish were in action too, going down 63-0 to Llanelli who must be building a fair bit of depth, the Scarlets having also been in Heineken Cup action this weekend winning 31-23 (Sean Lamont dotted down for a try).
When the first European weekend comes around it normally serves as the perfect time to kick back and forget it all. Those lovely, fluffy ERC guys even delayed the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup by a few weeks so that World Cup heroes were well rested and ready to reaffirm themselves as fan favourites. We should all be able to throw our cares away, partake in the oncoming feast of Northern Hemisphere rugby and thank our sporting stars for giving us the joys of Union…
Whilst trawling the web last week I found this piece which I thought might be of interest, in which Brian Moore proposes a series of ideas to have scrums refereed properly.
(note: contains much technical scrummaging chat)
It’s well worth a read, and we would of course be interested in what any of you thought about how the scrum could be improved/fixed/left as it is… comments below as usual.
Humility is an attribute that is getting rarer in contemporary professional sport. With football players refusing to play so they can get big money transfers and NFL MVPs obligated to say they are “going to Disneyland!” you are unlikely to see the best of the best refusing to celebrate or a last-gasp loser showing magnanimity.