A fine phrase that sums up what rugby has lost | Rugby union


I would like to thank Richard Williams for his obituary of the great John Dawes (11 May). I have struggled for the last 20 years to explain why rugby union is no longer a game that thrills me as it did in the 1970s and 1980s. I have tied myself up in knots to define what is lacking in the modern game. Then, Williams sums it up in a phrase of efficient elegance worthy of Dawes: “a time when rugby was a game of evasion rather than collision”.
Colin Mann
Barrhead, East Renfrewshire

0.7% of GDP going to aid seems minimal to me (John Major joins push to overturn cut to UK overseas aid budget, 4 June). What proportion of the wealth that built “Great Britain” came from the trade in enslaved Africans? From slave-worked plantations in the colonies? From mills using slave-grown cotton? From forbidding manufacturing in the colonies?
Marika Sherwood
Oare, Kent

Nauseating hypocrisy. Ollie Robinson is perhaps correctly punished for bad behaviour as a teenager (England’s Ollie Robinson suspended from international game for tweets, 7 June) while the prime minister, who has never shown any genuine remorse for his appalling racist and misogynist rants, is allowed to carry on running the country.
Tom Penny
London

Hyperbollocks (Letters, 1 June)? How about a new word to describe Boris Johnson when interviewed: “Testiculating – waving your arms about when talking bollocks.”
Mick McKeown
Windermere, Cumbria

Our dystopia veers to cacotopia.
Dr Tony Abramson
Leeds

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