Rugby

Billy the kid, football’s star of the future

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Sadly it looks as though the 2020 Six Nations may have to go down with an asterisk and an explanation…

What the Premier League could learn from ski racers

15 February 2020 9:00 am

What we have learned in the past few weeks: 1) Don’t play rugby in a howling gale, even though for…

The Barmy Army showcase the best of English character

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Not everyone likes the Six Nations — a recent well-received book on the state of rugby union described it as…

Sport needs more men like Vincent Kompany

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Anyone still vaguely tempted to subscribe to that lazy and stupid cliché about footballers just being overpaid idiots should have…

England’s rugby team are embarrassingly sore losers

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Sports events come and go, but good manners, as William of Wykeham might have put it, last for ever. Or…

Why I love a bit of death on a Sunday night

9 November 2019 9:00 am

There’s nothing like a nice bit of death on a Sunday evening. Radio 4 originally transmit their obituary programme Last…

Maro Itoje is a national hero for our time

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Sport is a paradox. It’s supposed to be. Sport divides, but then again, sport unites. The England rugby union team…

The family that helped Maro Itoje become a sports star

2 November 2019 9:00 am

‘Education, education, education.’ At the time when Tony Blair was repeating this phrase after Labour’s victory in 1997, a Nigerian…

Seven things we’ve learned from the rugby World Cup

2 November 2019 9:00 am

New Zealanders can teach the world a lot about sportsmanship. Steve Hansen after last Saturday’s All Blacks defeat by England…

The joy of Japanese-style rugby

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Proud son of Wexford he may be, and of doughty farming stock too, but the heart sinks at the prospect…

The All Blacks: world-class time-wasters

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Marvellous team, the All Blacks, of course. But they certainly know how to waste some time. Here are some things…

Tony Abbott is wholly misplaced about WTO Brexit

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Hubris and nemesis Sir: Douglas Murray’s assessment of Angela Merkel’s decision to stand down as German Chancellor (‘Europe’s empty throne’,…

Letters: Matthew Parris’s marriage proposal is absurd

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Marriage proposal Sir: Matthew Parris’s proposal that marriage be abolished, and civil partnerships installed in its place, is absurd (‘The…

How gentlemen supplanted hooligans in football

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Most British sports fans are familiar with the maxim that ‘football is a game for gentlemen played by hooligans, and…

Cricket’s ball-tampering scandal has been nothing but a tearful pantomime

7 April 2018 9:00 am

I haven’t seen so many men crying since the end of A Tale of Two Cities at the Scala Cinema…

Two perfect kicks from Johnny Sexton destroyed England’s rugby’s dream

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Which would you least like to see coming towards you? An Uber driverless car, Ant McPartlin in his black Mini…

Letters

5 August 2017 9:00 am

No reason for subsidies Sir: For believers in free enterprise like me, it was hugely disappointing to read that Sir…

The keys to the kingdom await

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Give them all peerages as far as I’m concerned: if you can pick up a gong for bunging a few…

The noble suffering of Maria Sharapova

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The return heavyweight bout between England and Wales lived up to its billing as the most thumping rugby match of…

The angry young bowler who could take the West Indies back to the top

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In the north of Antigua, just by the medical school, is a neat little cricket ground. It was a bit…

More than a game: James Simpson-Daniel in a Six Nations game at Twickenham, 2003

A former England international on the meaning of the Six Nations

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Back in 1882, exactly 100 years before I was born, the Four Nations rugby competition was formed. It was originally…

Dear Mary solves problems for Nicky Haslam, Nigel Slater, Professor Mary Beard and others

12 December 2015 9:00 am

From Nicky HaslamQ. Being considered something of a guru on the subject of things common, can you advise me how…

Just what Tom Watson needs: a Bananarama tribute band

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Available for parties Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said that leaving his party to join the Liberal Democrats would be…

A World Championships that puts Sebastian Coe on the right track

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Sebastian Coe’s new job as head of world athletics will be a heck of a lot easier thanks to the…

Australia’s amazing, exhausting sporting comebacks

25 July 2015 9:00 am

I have never met an Aussie I didn’t like, but, crikey, their sporting indefatigability is exhausting. Don’t they ever give…