Why I remember Grandad Bill every time I watch an Ice Bucket Challenge

Ice Bucket Challenge or no Ice Bucket Challenge, the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA),  is a charity my family will always support. In April 2003 my beloved grandfather Bill Rowan passed away after a brave battle with Motor Neurone … Continue reading

The Bledisloe Cup for dummies

Take a look at the Google image search results for “Bledisloe Cup” and one man features a lot in the photos. No, it is not Lord Bledisloe who gave his name to the test rugby fixture between Australia and New … Continue reading

Six inspirational stories from women’s rugby

A teacher, a rugby development officer, a special needs assistant, post graduate student and a physiotherapist. These are just some of the careers of top level Women’s rugby players, I was lucky enough to talk to for a series of … Continue reading

Not quite an Oscar winner for the All Blacks

Ah, New Zealand, land of rugby. There is also New Zealand land of cinematic creations. Sir Peter Jackson is the figurehead of the Kiwi film industry having brought The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to be shot in … Continue reading

Déjà vu in blue

There was a rugby team that play in blue. They were a big city rugby side that had to compete with other with other sporting codes to attract fans. In their home city, rugby was often regarded as an upper … Continue reading

Man of the moment: Adam Ashley-Cooper

Enter an Aussie bloke. He is an extremely talented rugby player. This sportsman also happens to be a descendent of a British aristocratic family. He has helped to front a high profile gay rights campaign in Australia and models undies … Continue reading

Happy birthday Bastian Schweinsteiger! Happy German football, happy German Eurovision and even happy German rugby!

Today being the 30th birthday of German FIFA World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger, put me in the mood for a small celebration of all things German! So, football is going well for the Germans. But it would seem that they … Continue reading