Harlequins v Bristol Bears Quins suffered a second successive home defeat as Bristol gave a convincing audition for the star role this season. They proved too powerful up front and opened up the home defences time after time. The sole area of inaccuracy was the line-out, but that was a bug that affected several teams
Simon Middleton has announced the names of 40 players (listed below) to join the training squad preparing for the four autumn internationals. But his most significant statement concerns Sevens. Players will no longer be able to switch from one format to the other. So all 40 have had to commit themselves to 15s for the
Last year, trackless wastes. This year, a valley of plenty Women cricketers in this country have experienced more cricket in a single season than ever before. Delighted as they were to see the worst of the pandemic pass by, they must have felt quite weary as September ended like the proverbial Indian summer. The key
Bristol made it four out of four with a win over pointless Sale Sharks. Phoebe Murray got the ball rolling inside ten minutes with her seventh try of the season. By half-time (22-7) the writing was on the wall. Though Sharks did well to peg the hosts back to 27-17 by the end, it leaves
Wales Wales have announced the names of three people to take over interim management of the national women’s team: Geraint Lewis and Ioan Cunningham, with Richard Whiffen as assistant attack coach. Lewis formed part of the previous triumvirate before Warren Abraham’s appointment. The WRU is looking for permanent replacement. Sophie Spence continues her role as
Philip Doyle, by far Ireland’s most successful head coach, has given his verdict on the team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. It is damning. But he doesn’t aim his arrows at the targets many might have imagined, those at the top of the tree. He claims that funding was not the principal issue.
Claire Molloy Ireland’s dramatic exclusion from the World Cup has taken its toll. Amid a clamour for the heads of the people seen as responsible for this unexpected shock, comes news of the retirement of one of Ireland’s great, Claire Molloy. Tributes have poured in from all sectors of the game. Her 74 caps have
5th ODI, Canterbury England enjoyed complete dominance in the last game of cricket to be played this season. A large Canterbury crowd enjoying the late September sunshine had the double pleasure of watching their own Tammy Beaumont hit a glorious century to put the game beyond the White Ferns’ reach. England’s batting has been under
World Cup Qualifier – Round three Spain were right up against it. In the match that mattered most, they were meeting the hot favourites on their home ground, and their national anthem doesn’t allow them to let off steam with a good sing. Quins’ fans were delighted to learn that Giada Franco was playing for
World Cup Qualifier – Round Three If the Rugby World Cup committee was hoping for some drama next year, they got it in bucket-loads in Parma today. For Ireland and Scotland it was all or nothing. For much of the game the Irish looked well on top, yet the half-time score read 5-8 against them.