ITV are rather cruelly showing highlights of New Zealand’s 121-0 dismantling of Hong Kong today. 19 tries. Nineteen.
Coverage has begun on ITV1, and magnificent Maggie Alphonsi and David Flatman, the best rugby pundit on’t circuit, are picking holes in England’s performance against Spain. Seven missed conversions represents a major work-on, eh.
Before the coverage of the game kicks off in earnest, I feel it’s my duty – given its inextricably linked to Guardian rugby MBMs – to inform you of a rather magnificent thing that’s happening in south London today.
As many of you will know, our MBMer-in-chief, Dan Lucas, died tragically and suddenly in March this year, aged 31. He was a wonderful, unique fella and is much missed in this office and far beyond.
Anyway, his brilliant girlfriend Liz has organised a charity cricket match at Alleyn’s Cricket Club in Dulwich. It’s Guerilla Cricket against an all-sorts XI (pictured below), which includes Guardian Sport’s own John Ashdown and Rich Flower, as well as Dan’s dad, Gary. That’s the team you should be supporting!
Dan had diabetes, and they will be raising money for Juvenile Diabetes Research (JDRF). Please dig deep for a wonderful cause. You can donate here.
Ouchy. New Zealand have been playing against Hong Kong. I say playing against, but what I really mean is playing with.
It’s just finished, and the Kiwis won 121-0. If my calculations are correct, they scored 19 [nineteen] tries, and the wing Portia Woodman scored eight on her blooming own. That is one proper mauling. The magnificently named scrum-half Kendra Cocksledge nudged over 13 conversions.
Hello and welcome! This here is the Guardian’s minute-by-minute…