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Arrrrrrr Me Hearties


Andy Powell came to the rugger fore as a sort of strawberry-blonde wrecking ball, swinging at the opposition defensive wall and inflicting enough collateral damage for his colleagues to sneak through behind. Much of his fearsome reputation is based on the fact that until recently he looked like the giant murderous one from a gang of bloodthirsty pirates. You know, the one that stands at the back grinning belligerently and picking his teeth with the sharp end of his cutlass.

This season Powell is sporting a Samsonite short-back-and-sides and it appears to have had a deleterious effect on his game after two stolid performances against England and Scotland. It can’t help that he now boasts the neat crop of a bank clerk.

All this tonsorial difficulty should be taken into mitigation as Powell faces court proceedings after his arrest for being caught behind the wheel of a golf buggy just off junction 33 of the M4 at 6 o’clock on Sunday morning. His legal team might also like to highlight to the magistrates that his vehicle of choice is powered by electricity and that his eco-awareness reflects well on his character.

The most robust pillar of any potential defence is that this was a crime of rugger. Powell is a victim of his sport. He’s a ruggerman, this kind of pissed-up japery is what he’s supposed to do. He may the first man in legal history to be acquitted on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to rugger.


Written by harrisharrison

February 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm

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  1. “Stands at the black” – you’re such a racist.

    Would be interesting to know if he was heading towards the Severn Bridge? No toll to stop golf karts heading into England.


    February 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    • Er it’s a nautical term.

      Wish I’d seen it. Reminds me of the old lady in Horseheath who used to drive down to main road to Haverhill on her mobility scooter.


      February 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm

  2. Usually I just skim through these blogs and only read ones that -jump- out at me so I can get new ideas to try out and yours did just that. Thanks for this one – it is actually a real good read! Do you have a subcribe area so I can link to it to follow you? Let me know – thanks.



    March 6, 2010 at 6:02 am

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