Recently I wrote a post about sexism and its place in sport. My underlying premise there was that ‘context is everything’. There’s a massive debate currently raging on the ‘spirit of cricket’ in the wake of the latest version of Mankading to ‘blight’ the U19 Cricket World Cup currently being played in Bangladesh. Here too, I would like to argue, that context ...

It’s been an interesting week. So much so that it is important that I set the stage by saying that over the weekend, I was performing for the Grassrooted Trust as part of a larger vignette of plays highlighting gender awareness and cyber exploitation of – in particular – young girls. Why? Because I think theatre is an effective medium and ...

The biggest event of the sporting year, for me, personally, was the RWC 2015 final. It was so significant I even travelled a fairly long distance to watch it on TV. After being part of the RWC coverage on Channel Eye and the Papare, it was nice also to see how the big budgeted, genuine international stars do it. The ...

After forty something games we’ve finally come down to the final two games. Tonight’s third place play off is an unfortunate event in the lives of the semi final losers. It may be time for the Argentinians to achieve their second third place finish, but it is likely the South Africans would rather not have three defeats next to their ...

I felt the need to raise my lone and often vilified voice when Scotland beat Japan in their first Group game, by 45 – 10. The try that broke Japan was scored with Mark Bennet’s foot crossing the deadline. It took a 17 – 10 lead to 24 – 10 and effectively sealed Japan’s fate as they missed the losing ...

It seems unusual that Wales are playing at Twickenham while two other teams are playing in Cardiff. Oh wait, they didn’t expect Wales to get through right? Should have been England and Australia both playing at Twickenham. Ah well…the best laid plans of mice and morons. Hilarious, except for the fact that the Welsh need all the help they can ...

The whole world wanted it except New Zealand fans, and the whole world has not got its wish. The QF with the most history and most potential for drama is finally upon us. By the time we get there the semi final opponent for the winner would already have been known. And the pressures may just mount. New Zealand and ...

The Tragedy of the Rising Sun Japan are out. Heartbreak. Before the tournament everyone was talking about the Pool of Death. England are out with two wins over the lesser ranked teams. Nobody without their head up their Anglophilic backsides cares. But Pool B, expected to be a walk in the park for the South Africa and Samoa was blown wide open by the Brave Blossoms. ...

It’s already beginning to bear a strange resemblance to 2007. There’s been a fair amount of squad rotation. A resting of key men. Luckily though we haven’t seen players playing out of position and the lessons from 2007 would definitely have been learnt. Be that as it may, the All Blacks are yet to fill opponent’s with the same sort ...

God may save the Queen, but Qeen’s name is likely to be Matilda, come Sunday morning. Watching the warm up games over August, I told my rose waving rugby buddy that I feared his team might not make it out of the Group of Death. He laughed, and then was annoyed. Much like the English rugby public are going to ...

On Channel Eye with my good mate Jayan Goonetillake, I put him on the customary spot just before we handed over to the international commentators. “England, by ten” he said, confidently. Most punters said the same. Manjula, our Sinhala anchor tossed the question my way and I said “Wales by three”. Off air Jayan told me that if I was ...

After their fairytale debut in the 2015 edition of the Rugby World Cup, Japan’s dreams of another favoured scalp were thwarted by a late Scottish charge on Wednesday. The game against the Scots should ideally have been a run-of-the-mill warm up for the Thistles but ended up being game eagerly anticipated by Japan’s leapfrogging of Scotland in the rankings in ...

It appears that All Black fans and non-All Black fans have one thing in common. They expect the Blacks to turn up and thrash all comers. Luckily, for the few discerning rugby fans, there’s enough objectivity to realise that world rugby has never been more competitive. As a result, when 91,000 people gathered at Wembley, many would have expected a ...

With Twickenham hosting the most watched Rugby World Cup ever, and also – according to Graham Henry, who should know – the most open World Cup ever, it was strange that nobody had mentioned the gentlemen who would actually decide its fate. The referees. When England kicked off against Fiji after a quirky and rather dark opening ceremony, the packed ...

This is really the most fun my life gets. I kid you not. Watching the world’s best rugby is where it’s at for me. It may be disappointing that the pinnacle of my enjoyment is watching grown men run into each other, but I choose to look at it positively. Ever since New Zealand 2011, I’ve been waiting for London. ...

Two test series against our neighbours, and two defeats. There’s little point crying over the smudged leather, but we should at least look at what we’ve learnt and move forward. Assessment of Losses The series against Pakistan was a highly competitive series. While the margins may not have suggested it, Sri Lanka ran Pakistan close. Some Warne-ian leg spinning from ...

When Asfan Thajudeen ghosted languidly over for the try that gave St. Thomas’ Preparatory School the lead that that would not be assailed by S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia, there was something poetic about it. Both brothers, Wasim and Asfan, share physical characteristics. Tall, handsome and long of limb, one wiry full back could easily have been mistaken for the ...

Royal are crowned Champions of the Singer League 2015, and deservedly so. When I saw them play S. Thomas’ for the first time, I had already seen Isipatana a few times for the season. I remember saying on commentary that this was the best Royal side since 2009, and in terms of complete performance, they were more of a title ...

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