SIX NATIONS: There may be trouble ahead

New Year. New Six Nations. And ‘The Championship’ promises to be a little different in 2017 because of (if for no other reason) the introduction of bonus points. Whether the extra point for scoring four tries or losing by less than seven points will provide a remedy to last year’s bore of a tournament remains…

A Lion-sized let off…but you have to feel for Beale

Saturday 22nd June 2013.  I arrived at The Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park, at 10am on the dot.  The place was already packed as white, green, navy blue and (predominantly) red shirted rugby folk scrummed-down for the last of the remaining chairs, tables, benches or lintels that would act as their seat for the next three…