It’s like finding gambling going on in a Tangiers boozer:
Kings Cross Steelers, the world’s first gay-inclusive rugby club, have said that the shocking levels of homophobic language revealed by a study conducted by Harlequins shows the need for clubs like theirs.
Ahead of hosting the world’s first ever professional LGBTQ+ Pride match against London Irish in the Premiership this weekend, research commissioned by Quins among clubs in their catchment area has revealed that that the majority of male rugby players, 69 per cent, had heard their teammates use homophobic slurs in the last two weeks, while 42 per cent of those same players admitted to using such language themselves in the same time period.
Hearty male sporting society uses language to shock maiden aunts? Tell us all it ain’t so!
SIX NATIONS | STUART BARNES
Robot rugby is squeezing out free spirits like rebel Finn Russell
Well, yes. Barnes, when playing, was rather the free spirit and was markedly short of caps given the manner in which Rob Andrew, a more robotic player (his excuse being that he played the way he was told to by the coach) gained many more caps.
This being something that Barnes himself notes of course:
I empathise with Russell. It’s a lifetime ago but I recall an England team meeting. I was asked what I would do when we threw a ball to the back of the lineout and crossed the gainline with a battering-ram runner. I suggested I might look up and see where the opposing defenders were before making any decision. Wrong answer. A few of the lads laughed. I hadn’t been paying sufficient attention to the pre-ordained plan.
That year I walked out on England and missed the first World Cup.
From studying just under 1,000 student athletes, around half at the elite Division One level, the athletes were able to ignore electrical noise in the brain in order to better process external sounds such as a teammate or coach giving instructions.
The study’s author, Nina Kraus of Northwestern University said: “No one would argue against the fact that sports lead to better physically fitness, but we don’t always think of brain fitness and sports.
“We’re saying that playing sports can tune the brain to better understand one’s sensory environment.”
“A serious commitment to physical activity seems to track with a quieter nervous system,” Kraus said. “And perhaps, if you have a healthier nervous system, you may be able to better handle injury or other health problems.”
College level athletes in the US are usually pretty good. This is a lot more selective that peeps turning out for the college third team in the UK.
How much of this is going to be because people at that level of anything are pretty good at concentrating?
Certain screams in the distance.
For breaching the salary cap. Anyone know the details?
Rough reading around says arrangements with layers involving Companies House and the Land Registry.
So, what were they doing? Here’s a shareholding in a nice little earner to top up your wages? Here’s a reduced rate on your mortgage? What?
Nigel Wray as always been very – what’s the word I’m looking for, canny? – in his stock market dealings.
New Zealander adrift in tiny dinghy in Aegean survived on boiled sweets during 40 hour ordeal
Well, not fun I’m sure but ordeal seems a bit strong. 40 hours without fresh water is indeed a strain but again, ordeal seems a bit too strong a word for it.
Next year in Jerusalem, eh?
That’s a surprise then.
And that’s even without counting two tries*.
*Well, sorta. One probably.
Why the All Blacks’ ‘no dickheads’ policy is simply a New Zealand myth
If adopted elsewhere, would leave the Saffas* team sheet a bit short, wouldn’t it?
*Insert whoever you don’t like to taste here.
We have the Paralympics. Which have complicated classes for disability. Cognitive lacks play over here in one class, limb lacks over here in another, sight there and so on. There are even classes within classes to that we get swims where everyone is called Bob.
We already classify by the exigencies and happenstances of genetics and accident. Because it is entirely obvious to all that those without the brain to tie their own shoelaces aren’t going to do all that well against Magic Johnson. That those with the one and only functioning limb will, by the very nature of these things, paddle slower than Duncan Goodhew. Even at the ages of those two sportsmen.
There will, in fact, be no sport unless we do classify.
None of this is about righteous nor just. It’s about this simple point that sport requires uncertainty. It must be possible for there to be the race.
Male musculature as against female? What race? Therefore we should indeed distinguish and classify.
And don’t forget that by drawing a line there will always be some unfairly on the one side of it. Internal testicles making one not a woman for the purposes of racing? High testosterone levels in an Indian sprinter?
OK. The alternative being the demolition of women’s sport as a category as the male physique conquers.
Someone’s going to get screwed, sure, but who should it be? Probably the few, right? Not the all?
We’ve these World Masters Track Cycling races. And there’s a subset: Female 35-39 Time Trial
OK. Is there prize money for this?
And if so, how much is that prize money for the bronze medallist?
There was no such reprieve for the northeastern town of Kamaishi, where flooding had left the organisers with no choice but to cancel the lunchtime game between Canada and Namibia.
With their match at the Recovery Memorial Stadium cancelled, Canadian players grabbed shovels and helped clear the mud from Kamaishi’s streets.
Nowt larger than that, just well done, vry well done those men.
That was more like watching the Barbars than a test team, wasn’t it? Very fun indeed.
And that man who was trying to play a haggis looked wonderfully pissed off. Good.
Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas has revealed that he is HIV positive, declaring via Twitter that he wants to “break the stigma” around the condition.
The first out international sportsman – and thereby rugby player – is HIV positive?
Two face jail after watching footage of Emiliano Sala’s post-mortem
They face jail for stealing the footage, not watching it.
Sherry Bray, 49, and Christopher Ashford, 62, appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday where they admitted accessing CCTV footage of Sala’s post-mortem examination.
Ashford, of Calne, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between February 9 and 11 this year.
Bray, of Corsham, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between April last year and February this year.
Yesterday’s man is today’s Masters champion. Impossibly, ridiculously, Tiger Woods is back on top in golf again, with his fused back, his pile of lost years and his talent somehow back from the dead.
I guess we could say he’s back….