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September 2011

Birds, booze and dwarves

21st September 2011

What now for England? Last week they took a fall, literally and metaphorically. While some of the team were bungee-jumping off bridges, others were tumbling over dwarves on an alcohol-fuelled bonding session in a back-packers’ bar. As the judgment of the individuals involved was inevitably ca...

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England's opening night nerves

14th September 2011

James Haskell was not the only one screaming with frustration as the final whistle blew on England's opening World Cup match on Saturday. The England flanker momentarily feared that he wouldn't be able to see clearly. England fans already wished we couldn't. While he later claimed that he was over-e...

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Rugby takes centre stage

7th September 2011

And to think it nearly didn't happen. The Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on Friday when hosts New Zealand face Tonga, and whose opening weekend features England against Argentina and Wales against South Africa, is the third most popular sporting event on the planet. Less than three decades ago, it...

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