Tag Archives: Breakdown

The Breakdown | Rugby in Wales has survived mass shutdown before and will again | Sport

The New Zealand team who lost to Wales in Cardiff on 16 December 1905.

Sport has shut down all over the world as countries look to contain the spread of coronavirus. There was an attempt 116 years ago to shut down rugby in Wales permanently: a religious revival regarded the sport an an affront to the Almighty and a number of clubs did close …

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The Breakdown | Rugby’s values ring hollow if Eddie Jones escapes action over referee rant | Sport

When Peter Wheeler, then the chief executive of Leicester, used a newspaper column to criticise the referee Steve Lander for some of his decisions in the match against Bristol in 2002, he was summoned to appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel and, after being found guilty of bringing …

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The Breakdown | Wayne Pivac needs to shed Mr Nice Guy image if Wales are to prosper | Sport

Wales v France

Leo Durocher was a baseball coach who made Eddie Jones look like the what-hoing Bertie Wooster. Known as Leo the Lip, he managed the Brooklyn Dodgers after the second world war and is attributed with the saying “nice guys finish last”. He was talking to reporters in 1946 about the …

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Breakingviews – Breakdown: Coronavirus goes global

Breakingviews - Breakdown: Coronavirus goes global

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) – It’s not time to panic, but it is time to face reality. The coronavirus is spreading around the world. China’s unprecedented efforts slowed the spread of the new disease officially known as Covid-19, but that’s merely won some time. Infected people have now been detected …

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The Breakdown | Shane Williams: ‘Unlike in my day, player welfare is a clear priority’ | Sport

George North receives treatment on the touchline after suffering the sixth concussion of his career on Saturday

Shane Williams is one of thousands of former rugby players who can only wonder at the impact their playing days will have in later life. The former Wales and Lions wing does not know how many concussions he suffered during his playing career because there were no head injury assessments …

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The Breakdown | Rugby union invokes Orwell with incidents of needless ill-will | Sport

Respect works both ways. Regardless of whether an empty lager container was hurled at Eddie Jones at Murrayfield as the team walked into the ground, will the Six Nations have the bottle to not just remind coaches and players to choose their words carefully but take action when they don’t? …

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