How dare we? Where Man Utd lead others will follow.

Jake suspects a fondness for making mischief
Jake suspects a fondness for making mischief

 

John McCormick writes: I was supposed to be enjoying the onset of Spring in the Yorkshire Dales. It wasn’t quite like that, and the internet connection I had was also short on promise. Never mind, I’ve negotiated the weather and the M6 and am once again able to bring you my thoughts.

In this latest instalment of our new How Dare We? series, rather than bombard you with dodgy statistics and contentious argument, I’m making a case for referees and rules. How dare we? you might ask, given the going rate for fines when half a Premiership team abuses a ref is less than the income from 1,000 spectators at a single match. It’s just part part of the service, ladies and gentlemen, which we spare no expense in bringing to you without fear or favour.

 

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England v France: fear and loathing from Marc Lièvremont

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Big match at Twickers tomorrow night.

My Salut! Sunderland colleague Pete Sixsmith will readily testify that rugby is not my game.

At school in Bishop Auckland, my brother opted into rugby union and became a useful player. I was useful at nowt at Bishop grammar, and they eventually got wise enough to boot me out.

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