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England should brush aside the Scots

IF England possess genuine belief that they can win the Rugby World Cup, then tomorrow’s match with Scotland should hold absolutely no fears. It’s being billed and built up as a win-or-bust encounter for both sides, with the winner probably claiming a place in the quarter-finals and the loser heading for the airport. England’s form … Continue reading

What has become of the Big Four?

WHEN the Big Four that had dominated at the top of English football suddenly became the Big Six with the arrival of Manchester City and Spurs, it looked as though the Premier League was finally starting to level out. There appeared to be a real threat to the hegemony of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and … Continue reading

Judge England when the party’s over

IS it irony or perhaps something buried deep within the British psyche that resulted in Wales, the solitary losers among the four home nations, emerging with most credit from the opening salvo of Rugby World Cup matches? Maybe we’ve spent so long celebrating gallant failure or admiring the achievements of others that we’re just not … Continue reading

Britain’s athletes off the pace

IF Britain’s achievements in the World Athletics Championships in Daegu are a pointer to our prospects at next year’s London Olympics, it’s probably best that we don’t set our expectations too high. A total haul of seven medals, including two golds, was pretty much in line with pre-set targets, but in truth many of our … Continue reading