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Well, here’s a first for Memory Lane. Never mind ‘the honeymoon period,’ I actually caught up with my target just two days before his wedding! “I’m getting married on Saturday,” Bo Henriksen told me when I rang to chat about the life and times of this widely travelled footballer and manager, whose career included a …

ENGLAND will be going to the World Cup in Russia next year. But if that is a very confident prediction, it is followed by a somewhat troublesome question: What sort of mood will they be in? Just one year into his job as national team manager, Gareth Southgate is very aware of the growing discontent …

Last weekend saw the Aviva Premiership get off to a cracking start, but for how much longer will English rugby’s top-flight remain in its current format? I ask that question because it is apparent that the tectonic plates within world rugby are shifting – a fact that will be emphasised next weekend when Newcastle Falcons …

SARACENS director of rugby Mark McCall caused a storm last week when he opined that his club might struggle to hold on to some of their homegrown star players because of restrictions caused by salary cap when their contracts next expire. His point was perfectly valid because, having seen the likes of Jamie George, Mako …

THE WOMEN’S Rugby World Cup 2017 may be over, with New Zealand beating England in the Belfast final last weekend, but this is the opportunity for the game to kick on, though should it be the 15-a-side version or the seven-a-side short form? It is like comparing a five-day cricket Test match or a county …

FOOTBALLERS are always aware of the risk of injury, it’s an occupational hazard. But, aside from the standard mishaps that can occur during a match, there are also a crop of players who have been the victim of what can only be termed ‘freak accidents’ off the pitch. For example, Arsenal’s Charlie George once cut …

WHAT a shambles this summer’s transfer window has left behind. Thank goodness it’s the last of its kind and by this time a year hence we will have drawn a blind over the whole thing. Premier League clubs had months to draw up their dealings for buying and selling, and two months to do the …

I HAD to find a different suit to travel in for our (Helston’s) away trip into Devon to play Plymouth Argyle. It was then that I was reminded that by refusing to wear the one I wore at Newquay (because we lost) just how much superstition plays a huge part in every sportsman’s life everywhere. …