|From the magical pen of Glyn Leyshon|
Past Players “Down Under”
At the end of last year (2011) my wife and I spent several weeks in Australia and New Zealand. Our hosts were Bernard Swift (centre three-quarter) and his wife Janet in Australia, and John West (prop) and Alison in New Zealand.
Both households were outstanding in... [Read More]
The RPA is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England.
Originally called The Professional Rugby Players' Association (PRA) it was founded in 1998 to look after the interests of all professional players, from Academy players to the superstars of the... [Read More]
|MP Derek Wyatt reminisces|
I played for the Club from 1978-82; I equalled the club try scoring record - 28 - in my first two seasons but Barry Trevaskis now holds it; I went up to Oxford University in 1981 and played in the Centenary Varsity Match with Simon Halliday and Stuart Barnes! I was the oldest player to win a Blue... [Read More]
|Out and About|
Out and About
At the first home game of the season, against London Irish, I arrived early to sample the atmosphere in the ground at the start of a new season. As I approached the centre of the West Stand I met two past players of distinction:- David Gay, No. 8 for Bath and England, sporting a... [Read More]
|The Art of Tackling|
Low,low, go for him low,
Whether he’s fast or whether he’s slow;
If you go high he will hand you off – so
Ass! Why didn’t you go for him LOW
There are many sorts of tackles to be seen by those who watch,
And not a few are absolutely wrong:
Take the player who gets imitating... [Read More]
|Cheque Book Rugby - Beware|
The recent prediction of Nigel Wray (benefactor of Saracens) printed in an early January press report was to strike a cord with me the moment I read it. It envisaged a rugby Premiership dominated by a small group of mega-clubs sustained by mega-riches; furthermore that we could see in due course a... [Read More]
|Out and About in the winter of 2009/2010|
Out and About
On 30th December we had a family outing to a restaurant to celebrate my daughter’s boyfriends 21st birthday. It took us some time to deliberate but we eventually plumped for the “Bombay King” restaurant at Camerton, just outside Bath
What a surprise! There on the table next to ours... [Read More]
|The Evergreen Club, Vancouver, Canada|
While visiting Vancouver several years ago John Rees extracted a promise from me to introduce the Evergreen Rugby Club and Brockton Oval to the "Past Players". This promise, together with Derek Stent's appeal for suggestion that might encourage a younger generation's involvement in the Past Players... [Read More]
|Nearly an International!|
Norman Matthews, brother of the late Les Matthews, very nearly played for England at full international level? - according to the book “ Rugby’s Strangest Matches”.
The story goes that there was a last minute Team Change for the England v Wales match at Cardiff in January 1930.
Sam Tucker of... [Read More]
|Out and About again|
As you may have read in the last issue of the ROT, I am working in Toulouse, southern France for most of my working week. I stay overnight in the Holiday Inn or it's equivalent in the centre of Toulouse.
In order to give Kate, my wife, a view of life away from home I decided to take her on a... [Read More]