Funny Rugby Stories
Funny Rugby Stories:
On BBC Radio 5 Live, Will heard Ian Robertson* recount this true tale.
When England were in Scotland to play the Calcutta Cup it is always difficult to find somewhere to stay and impossible to book a table in any restaurant. This particular year Ian was entertaining some journalists and former players before the 'big match'. He knew of a small place just outside Edinburgh to which he hadn't been for more than 30 years.
On arrival at the pub he was greeted by the owner who said, 'How marvellous to see you again, Mr Robertson. I imagine you have come to pay the 1s/6d [approx. 8p] you owe us for the single malt whisky you drank when you were last here and forgot to pay for?'
*Note: Ian Roberston was former Scotland Rugby Union International; BBC Rugby commentator and correspondent. Interestingly Ian was also a former English teacher to Tony Blair at Fettes College, Edinburgh.
After JPR Williams was involved in a road traffic accident: Typical, isn't it? The car's a write-off. The tanker's a write-off. But JPR comes out of it all in one piece. - Gareth Edwards
As with so many jokes and stories one often leads on to another. Will is reminded of this true tale about an ex-Royal Navy Officer, Scotsman and friend: the late Lieutenant-Commander Andrew Craig.
In the 1970's Andrew was often away from Portsmouth on board one ship or another. These trips took him away for quite long periods of time. When at home he would frequent Shariff's Curry Restaurant in Albert Road, Southsea. [Now The Golden Curry, next to the King's Theatre.] He omitted, by mistake, to pay for one meal before going away on a cruise that kept him away for some 18 months and on his return he visited the restaurant only to be met by Mr Sharrif at the door who promptly asked him, with a beaming smile on his face, 'Is it convenient for you to pay the bill now, Commander Craig'.
Fourteen-year-old Conor McGrath caught a boy of his age and a girl of six after their mother lowered them and dropped them 10ft into his arms from an upstairs bedroom window after their home was hit by a gas explosion.
Conor, a rugby player for Lancashire and also the British under-16 wrestling champion, said, 'I am a rugby player so I've got quite good hands; I knew that I just had to catch them. I am a strong lad for my age and the rugby definitely helped.'
The accident happened after Conor had returned home from a jog in Great Lever, Bolton, Lancashire, England with his dad on Monday morning. Both ran across the road to the semi-detached house and saw the woman screaming for help as smoke engulfed the bedroom.
'I just sprinted around and heard her screaming,' he added. 'I was shouting up at her, asking if she had a mattress so they could jump. They dangled the boy down first and I caught him, then I caught the girl. I could see the flames and I did not want to go into the house. All the windows had been blown out and it was a good job they had or else they would have been trapped upstairs. My heart was racing and there was a lot of adrenalin. I could see the fear in their eyes but there was nothing else to do other than help.'
Thanks to David Johnson for this story
The owner of a bar in Wanaka is holding a competition to find the 'perfect woman', the prize is $NZ 1,000 and tickets for a rugby game.
Amongst the tasks the aspirants will be expected to undertake are:
As reported in the 'Sun' in Australia.
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