David Shute

Shutey is a sixty something former rugby player whose obsession with the game far exceeds his playing ability in the years 1959 to 2001. His blog (www.rugbyoldbloke.wordpress.com) details his journey from being completely unknown into total rugby obscurity. His writing varies from the serious subjects to the (very) tongue in cheek but can always be relied upon to be generally illiterate and coarse. Much like the way he played.

Hard Times

There have been some very strange results in the first three rounds of the Premiership this season and , whilst there have been some predictable outcomes, the teams above Falcons and London Welsh all look to be very competitive. I have to assume that the aberration that was the Tigers performance at Bath will have been sorted out by Richard …

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Getting A Bit Shirty

Yesterday I wrote a serious rugby article – it was about the incredibly crass decision by the RFU to launch an England shirt featuring the Victoria Cross. On the off chance that you’re interested you can read it here – http://lastwordonsports.com/2014/09/24/england-rugby-dont-keep-shirt/ I worked in advertising and marketing for something like 45 years and oversaw and contributed to some seriously stupid …

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Drinking On the Job

  The numerous reports of Aaron Cruden going out on the piss and missing the All Blacks flight to Argentina have filled column inches all over the rugby world and beyond – although I have absolutely no idea why it made the press in Pakistan. Some reports in New Zealand actually criticised the extent of the coverage in Australia and …

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Colour Blind

I’ve seen some strange media predictions for rugby results over the years – and made a few myself only to end up with some egg on my face. A case in point being England’s supposed Grand Slam match with Wales in Cardiff a couple of years ago. I was left with a rather fetching yolk covered face mask on my …

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Are You Taking the Piss?

I’ve been banging on about all the scientific monitoring of players for quite a while – coaches now have access to what they do on the pitch, in training, recovery, what they eat and how often they tug themselves off (okay – so one of those is probably not true – you’ll have to decide which for yourself). [adsenseyu1] Now …

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A Real Drink Problem

As part of his observational stand-up Peter Kay often talks about his old man’s reaction (as in dad’s, not getting a stiffie) to the suggestion of anything new – “garlic…..bread?,… I mean…garlic bread?” Well guys, I think I have another one for his next tour – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28683074 I know – what the f**k is the point of a beer cocktail? …

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All Black for New Zealand?

It’s not been a good couple of weeks for New Zealand rugby – they lost for the first time in the Commonwealth 7s, the Crusaders were beaten in the Super 15 final by the Tahs and yesterday the Black Ferns went down to Ireland in the Women’s World cup. For a nation that thinks winning rugby is somewhere ahead of …

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Reach for the Stars

Top coaches in rugby are employing ever more innovative ways to ensure that their players are fit – they have nutritionists, fitness gurus, doctors and a whole range of monitoring programmes. However, I have yet to hear of any of them following the advice of a Tory MP who is convinced that his belief in astrology can be a major …

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