January 31, 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you The Amazing Azam
Posted by Graham Jenkins on 01/31/2009
We've just published the latest feature from our resident satirst James Stafford in which he takes aim at Gloucester's Olivier Azam following his Oscar-worthy performance in his side's recent Heineken Cup clash with Cardiff Blues.
There's no doubting that the Gloucester hooker went down a little too easily when confronted by the Blues' Tom James and that incident was made all the more laughable today when the Frenchman showed how tough he really is. During the pulsating Premiership clash between Gloucester and London Irish at Kingsholm, Azam was hit head-on (quite literally) by the human cannon ball - aka Exiles No.8 Chris Hala'Ufia - with the kind of force that could have taken the roof off The Shed, but he managed to stand his ground. If you get a chance to see it then please do - or wait for it to appear on YouTube.
Anyway - James Stafford's contributions, under The East Terrace theme, have been very popular with our readers over the years and I'm glad to say he's been on form since his return to the Scrum.com stable. There was his Animal welfare groups outrage at 'canary' Welsh jersey piece that led to the Welsh Rugby Union asking us to clarify their kit was not made using canaries(!) and then there was his report on Bill Beaumont's decision to come out of retirement that was actually picked up by one outlet and run as a real news story!
Give his latest a look - I assure you it will brighten your day.
January 30, 2009
Come and have a go if you think you're good enough!
Posted by Graham Jenkins on 01/30/2009
We are delighted to announce the return of the Scrum.com Six Nations Fantasy Game!
The stage is set for this year's Championship and I am hereby throwing down the gauntlet to you all - show me and the rest of the Scrum.com team that you know your stuff and we don't know what we're talking about. Bragging rights amongst your friends, fellow fans and the whole interweb are up for grabs - plus we've got some prizes to sweeten the kitty.
I am still revelling in the glut of points that Vincent Clerc and Shane Williams brought me last year - although some premature celebrations saw me pipped to the Scrum.com crown. I am determined to go one better this time around and I am happy to share my progress - and inside knowledge - with you all. I just need to work out how I can select Mauro Bergamasco as my scrum-half...
January 29, 2009
A dramatic start...
Posted by Graham Jenkins on 01/29/2009
Welcome to the latest addition to Scrum.com's coverage of the game we love. I'll be bringing you regular updates from my travels around the rugby globe as part of the press pack. I can promise you plenty of colour, comment and analysis with a good dose of humour too.
And what better way to kick things off than with arguably the greatest try ever scored. Enjoy.
"If the greatest writer of the written word would have written that story no-one would have believed it. That really was something." - Cliff Morgan