Alex Payne

6 results

New Zealand players perform the Haka on the pitch before the England. It would be best not to sing ‘The Fields of Athenry’ when they come to Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

You couldn’t but fear for England when Twickenham attempted to drown out the Haka with that Chariot tune; the one thing you really don’t need to be do(...)

After a 15 point victory you’d imagine it’ll be the hosts who’ll be licking their lips.

Perhaps not since the millennium loomed had there been a build-up quite like it. And while some sporting strays might have assumed Sky’s countdown clo(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley Mandatory preparing his players before the match against Clermont Auvergne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If it wasn’t one of those sporting nights when the globe stopped spinning or anything like that, it was darn close. Of course, the intro on Sky Sports(...)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger  is lifted by his players as they celebrate their victory against Hull City in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

So, you watch the FA Cup final while recording the clashing La Liga decider and then Clive Tyldesley tells you the result which ruins it but you try t(...)

Australia’s Kurtley Beale slips as he takes a penalty that would have won his team the match while Lions players look on. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No more than the viewers, down under and up above, Miles Harrison could hardly breathe, the tension of it all very nearly rendering Stuart Barnes inau(...)

 Ronan O’Gara:  said a Sky goodbye, that,  piled on top of David Beckham’s au revoir,  made the sporting week nigh on unbearable.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As the bard James Marshall Hendrix put it, “the story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye”. And so(...)