And one for the road…

This weekend’s edition of The Rugby Paper includes an article previewing National 1, outlining a couple of DoRs’ thoughts on those teams likely to be pushing for the top spot in the league this season. It starts with a comment from Hartpury College’s DoR, John Barnes (presumably because Hartpury finished 2nd last season) stating that Rosslyn Park are the team…

The Friendlies: Episode 5: the one with all the Homies (the report)

Two games, two very different performances. Two very different sets of playing conditions. If you’ll excuse the pun, in the final game Coventry made heavy weather in beating a tenacious Bury St Edmunds side in the last of the three fixtures, but they certainly weren’t helped by driving rain that caused plenty of problems for both…

Solving the puzzle…

By the end of today players will have had their last opportunity to put forward their cases for selection against Loughborough in a week’s time. And whilst the die has not yet been cast, Rowland Winter has said that the team picked to face Bury St Edmunds later today is certainly in the driving seat for selection against Loughborough Students next…

A triple-headed elephant…

I have to admit that when I first saw the list of pre-season friendlies, there was a part of me that was just a little bit disappointed with the final triple-header. Not for long, I should add, but I certainly wasn’t as excited about this weekend as I was about the others. This is going to…

The times they are a-changing…

Come mothers and fathers throughout the land And don’t criticize what you can’t understand Your sons and your daughters, beyond your command Your old road is rapidly agin’ So get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand For the times, they are a-changin’ Bob Dylan – Times They Are A-Changing We…

The Members’ Forum…

Rowland Winter is such a wag… Minutes before the Members’ Forum started, he sidled up to where I was sitting and, seeing that I was preparing to takes some notes for the blog, offered a pint if I could include in it most of the information he was about to share with the supporters… Within three…

A gift from a broad…

The rugby family spreads far and wide and if ever proof of that was needed, it came this week in the form of a Pro Rugby San Francisco Home Performance Top which arrived this morning all the way from, well, the United States, of course. Whilst the Internet has the power to divide and destroy,…

From bludgeon to rapier…

The report of Saturday’s game against Cov on the Newport website is well worth a read. Often it’s the case that the opposition view a game very differently to the way we do and their report can give an account of the match that is at odds with  your own perception of what you think you saw unfold…

The Coventry Supporters’ Club new logo

Below is the Supporters’ Club brand new logo…featuring Tusker, as we’ve named him for the time being. Whilst I’m sure all the Committee would like to take credit for its design, that accolade must go to Rob Carter…and what a great job he’s done. Wherever you see Tusker, you’ll know that the Supporters’ Club won’t be…

The Friendlies: Episode 4: the one with the Dragon feeders (the report)

The e-letter that was sent out to all members earlier this week shed a little more light on what Director of Rugby Rowland Winter is hoping to achieve from the pre-season schedule. Other than the obvious need to look at players in varying combinations against opposition that have been carefully picked to test us, the main targets…

Experiment…a formula for success

The apple on the top of the tree Is never too high to achieve So take an example from Eve Experiment, be curious Though interfering friends may frown Get furious at each attempt to hold you down If this advice you only employ The future can offer you infinite joy and merriment Experiment Tony Bennett…

Newport – ‘Saturday in the (Butts) Park’…

Saturday in the Park… People dancing, people laughing A man selling ice cream Singing Italian songs Everybody is another Can you dig it (yes, I can) And I’ve been waiting such a long time For Saturday Chicago – Saturday in the Park   Fair play to Cov. Once again they’ve released details of the match day squad a full…