Gamesmanship has suddenly become a worrying issue in rugby. Long thought of as the preserve of footballers, rugby players are now pushing the idea of fair play to the limits. As our columnist Will Greenwood wrote last week : "In rugby, we have enjoyed looking down on football, claiming we occupy the moral high ground...Well, don’t be so sure. Rugby is on that road, and it has all come about from a very real concern around player welfare and head safety." So what can be done to make sure rugby shows the yellow card to football-style faking? We asked for your comments and our deputy rugby correspondent Daniel Schofield has responded to some of the best of them: We absolutely have to have referees leading the way in firmly reinstalling the rugby rule that only the captain can talk to (including appeal) to the referee. I don’t want to see players chirping at or remonstrating to or towards the referees. Let them run to their captain. And captains calmly address the referee at the … [Read more...] about ‘Yellow cards for diving’: Dan Schofield replies to Telegraph readers on football-style faking in rugby
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EVER wondered why missionary is the most popular sex position - or if people back in the day did it as much as we do? According to sex historian Kate Lister, any suggestion that our ancestors were "prudish" in the bedroom couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, she reckons the regular romping in Bridgerton wouldn’t have come as any kind of surprise for those living in 1813. From the origins of sex toys to ancient aphrodisiacs , here Kate offers a potted guide of bonking through the ages - and the origins of some of our modern day kinks. SEX TOYS Humans have been creating toys to enhance their sex lives as long as long as there have been sex lives. READ MORE ON SEX BETWEEN THE SHEETS Why do people have sex? 9 reasons revealed YES PLEASE What are the best sex positions for beginners? We have found tortoise shell sex toys from China in the Qing Dynasty and ivory dildos that were hidden in an 18 th … [Read more...] about I’m a sex historian – here’s how missionary position became so popular and bizarre old cure for ‘excessive masturbation’
I would like to take you back to a certain time in the young life of our republic—a time that was filled with a deep sense of foreboding, a grim expectation that our national life was about to change radically, and a giddy appreciation nonetheless of the possibilities held out by the rapid advance of human knowledge. It was a time that has perhaps more than a little in common with the times we inhabit now. The year was 1857. Railroads did not yet cross the North American continent, but everyone knew that one day soon they would. The publication of Darwin's Origin of Species was two years away, but loud rumblings in the halls of science had already warned the keepers of religious faith that serious challenges lay ahead. The largest wave of immigration in the nation's history was pouring through the cities of the eastern seaboard. Though he would become President in four years, Abraham Lincoln in 1857 was no more widely known nationally than any former one-term Congressman is today. … [Read more...] about The Atlantic: A History
Records tumbled and scoreboards whirred during round 24 of the regular Premiership schedule. Domestic competition now takes a two-week break for Europe. And just as well. We need to get our breath back. 15. Max Malins, Saracens Back in his preferred position, if only temporarily, Malins bagged four tries at Sixways to bring his tally for the Premiership season to a chart-topping 15. He cut incisive angles and showed sharp pace. Huw Jones, George Furbank, Santiago Carreras and Freddie Steward shone before Henry Arundell’s stunning cameo on Sunday. 14. Chris Ashton, Leicester Tigers Three contrasting tries comprised the hat-trick that gives Ashton some breathing space at the top of the all-time list of Premiership finishers. His swerving support line behind Ben Youngs completed the treble in style. Louis Rees-Zammit and Francois Hougaard are unlucky. 13. Matías Moroni, Leicester Tigers Again, there was a queue for this position. Joe Marchant’s jumping flick to set up Huw … [Read more...] about Premiership team of the weekend: Chris Ashton leads trio of Leicester Tigers in all-star XV
Back in 2020, after Saracens’ 25-17 victory over Leinster in the Champions Cup quarter-final , scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth suggested that their quality would survive the salary-cap scandal. “We are not looking for any sympathy,” he said. “But perhaps it will prove that what we built is true and special.” Wigglesworth has moved on these days. He is a player-coach at Leicester Tigers and took on Leinster in another quarter-final on Saturday . On another tough weekend for Premiership clubs in European competition, his words from two years ago felt pertinent. Since he uttered them, Saracens have bounced back from the Championship into the top flight. Over recent weeks, they have looked ominously potent as opportunities for silverware approach. They and Wasps are the only English sides that remain in the Challenge Cup, with the exits of Sale Sharks and Tigers making it two consecutive seasons without Premiership representation in the last four of the Champions Cup. Mark … [Read more...] about Inside Line: Clinical Saracens show their class – but what about the rest of the Premiership?
Exeter Chiefs 29 - 26 Bristol Bears Exeter Chiefs took a giant leap in their quest to secure an unprecedented league and cup double after edging a resilient Bristol Bears outfit to secure a home Premier 15s semi-final. Buoyed by a 2,657-strong superhero-themed crowd – a marketing ploy that roped in a record attendance for a women’s club game here – the home side brought their own magic capes for the high-octane encounter and nine-try thriller. In a week when it was announced that the United States would host the 2031 and 2033 World Cups, it was fitting that four of the five tries were crafted through their American players, with Jennine Detiveaux and Kate Zackary crossing twice in a topsy-turvy contest. “I thought we were jittery today,” said Susie Appleby, the Exeter head coach. “Our decision making wasn’t great. But Bristol Bears are a brilliant side and we have to give them absolute respect. I hope we get a good game next Sunday.” Detiveaux opened the scoring after flying … [Read more...] about Exeter Chiefs edge nine-try Premier 15s thriller to keep double dream alive
Woolworths has warned fruit and veg prices are likely to soar as poor growing conditions are set to strangle supply of grocery essentials - with the worst yet to come. In an email sent to shoppers on Thursday, the supermarket giant said heavy rain and low sunlight has impacted the supply and price of lettuce and berries. The newsletter sent by Woolworths general manager of fruit and vegetable Paul Turner did not mention the exact price hike - poor supply set to last for weeks. Woolworths has warned poor growing conditions caused by severe wet weather has impacted the supply and price of fruit and vegetables (Pictured, Woolworths Brisbane) 'With winter around the corner, the eastern seaboard begins to look to northern growing areas for fruit and veg supply as the southern regions get cooler,' Mr Turner wrote. 'However, after consistent rainfall and low sunlight across northern NSW and southeast, central and northern Queensland in recent months, the supply of fruit and … [Read more...] about Urgent warning issued to Woolworths shoppers that the price of food is about to rise even more: This is why
Chelsea responded to their humbling Premier League defeat against Brentford and Champions League setback against Real Madrid by blowing Southampton out of the water with a first half flurry. Marcos Alonso fired Chelsea in front early on, and it was 3-0 inside 22 minutes as Mason Mount and Timo Werner found the net. Kai Havertz made it four just after the half-hour mark, with the home side all at sea defensively. Southampton attempted to make some changes to gain a foothold in the game, but with no success. Werner and Mount both struck again within 10 minutes of the restart, and Thomas Tuchel was able to make changes of his own as the game wound down. Here, Mirror Football picks out five talking points as Chelsea prepared for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final in the best possible way. Mount back to his best There have been plenty of differences between the first and second half of the season as far as Chelsea are concerned, and one of those … [Read more...] about Chelsea hammer Southampton with Timo Werner on song – 5 talking points
The TAKE with Rick Klein A new phase of primary season starts this week -- and it won't just be former President Donald Trump whose sway is tested as voting expands into battlegrounds that are likely to make or break a majority. Amid all the attention on vicious Republican primaries and Trump's impact, Democrats are set to make some of their own major decisions. That includes a few choice races where President Joe Biden has chosen to step in, and some others where his brand of politics comes into play. The Senate race in Pennsylvania is a neat encapsulation of the potential directions Democrats could take. The news Sunday that Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the leading candidate in recent polls, was hospitalized with a stroke puts more attention on the burly, progressive former small-town mayor who has campaigned extensively against the idea of "Joe Manchin Democrats." Fetterman is opposed by a young, gay Black state lawmaker, and a House member and Marine Corps veteran … [Read more...] about Biden and Trump both face tests in next stretch of primaries: The Note
During a Premiership weekend in which two sides secured their play-off places and we saw a couple of compelling thrillers , there were a number of superb individual performances. Who stood out, then? 15. Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints) Freeman suffered an iffy moment under the high ball that led to Ben Spencer’s second try for Bath. Outside of that, he was assured and dangerous. A powerful finish spurred Saints to a crazy comeback and exhibited his dynamism and balance. Huw Jones deserves credit for his display at The Stoop , which represented a strong response following some struggles against Montpellier. 14. Toby Fricker (Bristol Bears) This spot might have gone to Louis Rees-Zammit had Gloucester held on and Louis Lynagh inspired Harlequins to victory over Leicester Tigers with a number of scurrying, evasive runs. Fricker is still a worthy winner. Busy and tough, he scored two of Bristol’s tries and had a hand in another, flicking a slick pass on to Steven Luatua in … [Read more...] about Premiership team of the weekend: How many Saracens players make our XV?