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Now I am, professionally, neither for nor against Brexit. And, wisely, none of you would care a jot what I thought anyway. But I am growing weary of the relentless back and front seat driving of the Brexiteers, given that there’s precious little detail to accompany the optimism. Let me illustrate this with a touching …

It’s a mad rugby world out there and things just got a little crazier last week when some strident voices amongst the Premiership’s playing fraternity vented their disapproval over Premiership plans to increase the length of the season, threatening strike action in the process. At the root of the players’ dissatisfaction, whose public faces include …

A minor mystery of this young football season is where have all the divers gone? A year ago they were making a big splash as a scourge on the face of the game but so far this time around they have hardly made a ripple. Sinners repenting, or is it the newly-introduced threat of a …

After working in five countries Roy Hodgson is planning to see out his manager’s life at his local club, Crystal Palace, a mile from where he was born. He has had 14 months in the wilderness after resigning as England’s manager, before he could be sacked, following the Euro disaster in France and defeat by …

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 …