Rugby

Why football is a league for gentlemen

8 September 2018 9:00 am

The idea that posh boys can’t play football has always been wrong, says William Cook

Letters: Matthew Parris’s marriage proposal is absurd

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Marriage proposal Sir: Matthew Parris’s proposal that marriage be abolished, and civil partnerships installed in its place, is absurd (‘The…

Football, not rugby, is now the gentleman’s game

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Rugby used to be civilised – but no longer. Now it’s footballers who know how to behave

Cricket’s ball-tampering scandal has been nothing but a tearful pantomime

7 April 2018 9:00 am

I haven’t seen so many men crying since the end of A Tale of Two Cities at the Scala Cinema…

Two perfect kicks from Johnny Sexton destroyed England’s rugby’s dream

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Which would you least like to see coming towards you? An Uber driverless car, Ant McPartlin in his black Mini…

Letters: there is no reason for James Dyson to want farming subsidies in a free enterprise

5 August 2017 9:00 am

No reason for subsidies Sir: For believers in free enterprise like me, it was hugely disappointing to read that Sir…

Marvellous and heroic – the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Give them all peerages as far as I’m concerned: if you can pick up a gong for bunging a few…

Why Isis should admit guilt rather than claim responsibility

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Terrorists’ guilt Sir: A small contribution to the psychological war: when the next atrocity happens, could the BBC and other…

Should we be hacked off with the haka?

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Kingsley Amis said the most depressing words in the English language were ‘Shall we go straight in?’ — meaning no…

The breathtaking brilliance of England rugby’s new golden generation

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Perfection in sport: unattainable, but sometimes you can come close. Moments, people, actions you never tire of watching: Roger Federer’s…

Why does sport work so well on radio?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The purest form of radio is probably sports commentating, creating pictures in the mind purely through language so that by…

Why Eddie Howe should be the next England manager

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The name of Jozef Venglos won’t mean much to most of us apart from a few Aston Villa completists with…

The noble suffering of Maria Sharapova

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The return heavyweight bout between England and Wales lived up to its billing as the most thumping rugby match of…

School drinking is the best drinking of all

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Head teachers may try to control it, but for Ed Cumming alcohol was the most fun between the ages of 13 and 18

The angry young bowler who could take the West Indies back to the top

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In the north of Antigua, just by the medical school, is a neat little cricket ground. It was a bit…

More than a game: James Simpson-Daniel in a Six Nations game at Twickenham, 2003

A former England international on the meaning of the Six Nations

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Back in 1882, exactly 100 years before I was born, the Four Nations rugby competition was formed. It was originally…

Dear Mary solves problems for Nicky Haslam, Nigel Slater, Professor Mary Beard and others

12 December 2015 9:00 am

From Nicky HaslamQ. Being considered something of a guru on the subject of things common, can you advise me how…

Just what Tom Watson needs: a Bananarama tribute band

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Available for parties Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said that leaving his party to join the Liberal Democrats would be…

A World Championships that puts Sebastian Coe on the right track

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Sebastian Coe’s new job as head of world athletics will be a heck of a lot easier thanks to the…

Australia’s amazing, exhausting sporting comebacks

25 July 2015 9:00 am

I have never met an Aussie I didn’t like, but, crikey, their sporting indefatigability is exhausting. Don’t they ever give…

From Tom Brown’s School Days, illustrated by Thomas Hughes

A rebellion among Rugby schoolboys proved perfect training for its ringleader in putting down a Jamaican slave-rising in later life

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The public schools ought to have gone out of business long ago. The Education Act of 1944, which promised ‘state-aided…

In praise of Ben Moon: the man who took rock-climbing to new heights

21 March 2015 9:00 am

For anyone who knows or cares about rock climbing — a minority sport if ever there was one, albeit pretty…

Sebastian Faulks’s diary: My task for 2015 – get a job

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Just back from Sri Lanka, a place I first went to in 1981. It was then a dreamy island. I…

My grandson's getting into the rugby: 'Which one's West Ham?'

14 February 2015 9:00 am

My grandson and I had a lovely hour-long swim at the leisure centre. We had the learner pool to ourselves…

We should be grateful for Andy Murray (and Kim Sears)

7 February 2015 9:00 am

It wasn’t that long ago when the most exciting event in any British tennis fan’s life was whether Jeremy Bates…