Fly-half has admitted it was “a very tough decision” to leave Leicester for a French club
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Sunday 18 April 2010
Blithely though the Six Nations Committee describe it as "making this great rugby occasion available to as many people as possible", it is fair to describe the shift of England's match against Wales in Cardiff to a Friday evening next year as a break with tradition. The fixture has been played 57 times in Wales since the first in Swansea in 1883, and every one of them on a Saturday. The powers-that-be are spinning faster than Spiderman on this subject, with the Welsh Rugby Union describing a 2.30pm start for their Saturday match with South Africa this June as a "crowd-pleasing kick-off time", adding that it is a "10-year anniversary" of the Millennium Stadium's inaugural fixture in June 1999 (so if 1999-2000 was the first year; 2000-01 was a one-year anniversary, right?). The numbers which will count with Wales and England supporters next February are the thousands of cars heading down the M4 in the Friday rush-hour and the blank timetables for trains from Cardiff to London after the final whistle. The unions say they need the TV money to invest in the sport, but where is the tipping point between pandering to the armchair viewer and annoying your most loyal supporters?
Friday 09 April 2010
Ireland international Neil Best insists Northampton will not be daunted by the prospect of meeting Munster in Limerick tomorrow.
Thursday 18 March 2010
Marks & Spencer bowed to pressure from investors today after chairman Sir Stuart Rose agreed to a 25 per cent pay cut for his final months with the high street giant.
Tuesday 02 March 2010
Monday 01 February 2010
Marks & Spencer's new boss Marc Bolland will start in May on a near-£1 million salary and a "golden hello" worth £3.9 million in shares, the retailer announced today.
Monday 21 December 2009
So how on earth do Santa and his reindeer pals top this weekend of Heineken rugby for Irish men and women? With extreme difficulty, I would suggest.
Sunday 13 December 2009
Friday 27 November 2009
Wednesday 25 November 2009
Leicester head coach Richard Cockerill has received a four-week ban after admitting two offences of match official abuse.
Sunday 22 November 2009
Thursday 19 November 2009
Wednesday 18 November 2009
Marks & Spencer today named the highly-regarded boss of supermarket chain Morrisons as its new chief executive.
Tuesday 17 November 2009
Admiral Taverns has confirmed that Lloyds Banking Group is working on a financial restructuring of the struggling pubs group that is thought to involve a £600m debt-for-equity swap.
Monday 26 October 2009
Monday 19 October 2009
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