Super Rugby Round-up – Round Three

Highlanders vs Reds In a battle of teams which are unlikely to figure in the knockout rounds of the competition, the Highlanders deserved their 20-13 victory against the injury depleted Reds, who boasted several new names in their line-up. For

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Cricket – George Headley – An Appreciation

Some of those who pride themselves on a knowledge of cricket and cricketers probably know less about George Headley than they should. From early in his career, Headley was known in his homeland of Jamaica as the Black Bradman. Born

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Afghanistan Cricket – An Inspiring Story

Before the 2015 Cricket World Cup not many would have found much of an association between the words Afghanistan and cricket. It is a savage land, of searing heat in summer and freezing cold in winter. It is poor and

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Super Rugby Round Up – Week Two

Chiefs vs Brumbies After losing Sam Cane and Sonny Bill Williams to last minute injuries, the Chiefs were a little fortunate to scrape a narrow win over the Brumbies and remain unbeaten. As with most of the NZ sides, they

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Super Rugby Round Up – Week One

Those brave enough to bet against the favourite would have made a healthy profit this weekend. In a unique opening to super rugby 2015, six of the seven matches were won away from home and three of those games, by

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Cycling – The Tragedy of Tommy Simpson

In modern Britain, names such as Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are, if not quite household names, certainly well known to many people. In the Olympics and on the big tours, such as the Tour de France, British cycling is

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Rugby – Six Nations Preview 2015

With the first and certainly the plum fixture of the weekend taking place at the Millennium Stadium tonight, here are some thoughts on this year’s six nations rugby tournament. Ireland is apparently the favourite, with England close behind. Unfortunately, owing

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2015 Super Rugby Preview

Less than two weeks remain until the beginning of the 2015 super rugby season, a season which may be a little less competitive than usual, simply because it is a world cup year. It is also not certain what the

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Great Sporting Rivalries – Boxing

Any series on sporting rivalries is bound to include that most elemental of sports, the purest and most primitive form of one on one combat, boxing. The first in the series is a rivalry well known to an older generation

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Schools Cricket – An Appreciation

Schoolboy Cricket Coach of an Under 14A cricket side, I was doing duty as umpire thirty years ago, during a match in which we had just lost our sixth or seventh wicket. Victory was impossible and with an hour to

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