The players resorted to tricks like asking restaurant proprietors if they could use the phone — and then calling the other side of the world when the proprietor thought they were ringing a local number. Prop forward Charlie Faulkner — a not-so-bright member of the legendary Pontypool front row — opted for a different tactic at the reception that followed the first Test match in Brisbane. He picked up the house phone, got through to the hotel switchboard and barked out his home number in Newport. Charlie replaced the receiver and got back to the business of drowning his sorrows after a rare defeat.
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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. The car's a write-off. The tanker's a write-off.
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Log in Join now for free. Below are some great fun games. We spend a lot of time coaching players to avoid contact when ball carrying but there are times when an attacker has to run at an opponent, so prepare defenders for their 1v1 battles. Sometimes players will arrive to support an attack at different times.