Legends or losers: its a fine line for the Lions and their squabbling support

Unsuccessful kicks in the last minute of the game appear to be the continuing theme of this tit-for-tat Lions tour.  Following on from Kurtley Beale’s slip in Brisbane last week, Leigh Halfpenny was the lonely man in the middle as the final whistle blew in Melbourne.  The kick was, to be fair, over fifty metres…

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…

Dylan’s a dunce but Lions look Best

An old secondary school teacher of mine had a saying that he was fond of using – “Everything happens for a reason”.  I’ve never been so sure about this particular statement, mainly because it sounds too much to me like ‘fate’ and I’ve always disliked the idea that we are helpless to change or alter…

Welsh to get the Lions’ share

With the eagerly-awaited announcement of the 2013 British & Irish Lions squad taking place tomorrow, this week’s blog makes a valiant (but probably foolhardy) attempt to predict the 37 faces that will be displayed behind Warren Gatland’s Sontaran-like head (thanks to the souped-up Graphics Department of Sky Sports) come Tuesday 30th April.  The fixtures of…

Easy! Easy! Now for the difficult bit.

Geoffrey Chaucher!  Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor!  Isambard Kingdom Brunel!  Michael Parkinson!  St. George!  Jeremy Clarkson!  Bill Beaumont!  Can you hear me?  Bill Beaumont, can you hear me?!  Your boys took a hell of a beating!  Your boys took a hell of a beating! Gloat over (and thanks to legendary Norwegian commentator Bjørge Lillelien for the…