Coventry Rugby 2016/17 – the Pros and the Cons

Another year you made a promise Another chance to turn it all around And do not save this for tomorrow Embrace the past and you can live for now And I will give the world to you Speak louder than the words before you And give them meaning no one else has found The role…

Cov counts the players, Moseley counts the cost….

I just flew in from the windy city The windy city is mighty purdy But they ain’t got what we got I’m tellin you boys Doris Day – Windy City With no match on Saturday, the England Counties v Scotland Club XV offers a perfect opportunity to watch some live rugby over the weekend. Better…

Two new signings… Schadenfreude? Guilty as charged.

So it’s Alex Grove and Jack Preece… Big signings, those. Rowland Winter said that he was looking for players to come in with experience, who will be cool under pressure and who will be able to finish games off. These first two certainly fit the bill. And here’s the thing…

Video verdicts and some mid-term musings

I met your children Oh a oh What did you tell them? Video killed the radio star Video killed the radio star Pictures came and broke your heart Oh, a, a, a, oh The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star If you haven’t yet watched Paul Smith’s ‘Midland’s Rugby Video Verdict’ on the Coventry…

Well, I certainly didn’t see that one coming…

The announcement of the Coventry team to face Old Albanian on Saturday is predictable only in its unpredictability. I’m sure there weren’t many supporters expecting to see Brendan Burke in the match day squad, let alone the starting XV. Not that I’m complaining in the slightest. Quite the contrary in fact. On the two or…

Home from Home

Let’s go far away from home, Ride on a rocket Burn down the boulevard, burning it up. Let’s go far away from home, Ride on a rocket Burn down the boulevard, burning it up. Will I Am – Far Away From Home   I’m guessing (!) one of the problems with playing away from home is…

Cov v Cambridge RFC: an explosive cocktail?

76 years ago today, the city of Coventry woke up to see the devastation caused by the Blitz that had destroyed most of the city centre. As a result, today Coventry is the city of peace and reconciliation. Without wishing to trivialise whatsoever the events that took place on the evening of 14th November 1940, a…

Esher this weekend – it’s like falling off a bike…

When this season’s fixture list was first published, I was interested in three dates in particular. Those of the home and away games against Moseley and the away game at Esher. And the Esher game is just three days away… On the face of it, I guess for most supporters Saturday’s visit to Molesey Road…

Cov to suffer under proposed RFU salary caps…

I did wonder whether the front page lead of last weekend’s The Rugby Paper would grab the attention of many Coventry supporters on the messageboard and elsewhere these past couple of days. It didn’t. And I’m a little surprised. Potentially, it’s a real kick in the teeth. The headline of ‘RFU face uproar over wage cap proposals’, followed by an opening paragraph…

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…

Spreading the word, laying the foundations and Newport RFC

Remember the lyrics to Spandau Ballet’s ‘Communication’? – the one with the chorus that went: Communication let me down And I’m left here, I’m left here Yes, you can probably guess where I’m going with this… …but you’d be so wrong.