It has been a perfect weekend for sporting couch potatoes like myself. Much strategic planning was needed. What beverages, what snacks, what jobs to fit in between events.

The Six Nations Championship began with mixed results, depending on where your allegiances lie. France easily beat Italy with the talk of relegation on the horizon and Georgia being given a chance. The embarrassment of huge financial and playing resources was no advantage to England as they were out-thought by a team full of courage and conviction, deservedly gaining a first victory at Twickenham since 1987. A hearty congratulations to the Scots! Wales got a stuttering past twelve months back on track with a narrow victory over the Irish. Leaving the oval ball behind, Manchester City proved Liverpool to be a pale shadow of themselves with the title having seemingly been prematurely conceded. Finally, Yorkshire CC look like they are in a very strong position to beat India for the first time in a very long time. I’m Rooting for them, if you’ll excuse the pun!

There’s some discussion about whether professional sport should continue at the moment given the sacrifices many people are making. My own stance is that sport is uplifting and provides a big boost to the nation.

John Thorpe

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