Monday, March 31, 2008
With all this lauding of the Gatland/Edwards magic, lets not forget the last miracle worker at the helm of the Welsh rugby team, the great Mike Ruddock. (You can see that I've finally forgiven him for his idiotic decision to allow himself to be used by Peter Hain and Rhodri Morgan to use him as a Labour Party pawn.) He's working another miracle at Worcester in the English Premiership. I take an interest in Worcester because its the nearest leading rugby club to where I live. Over the last month Ruddock's men have defeated Sale away, Leicester at home, and last Saturday they beat Gloucester for the first time. These are probably the three best club teams in England. At the start of the season, Worcester were most people's favorites for relegation, and a month ago, were still in danger. Now they are showing 'Grand Slam' form. Pulling off one miracle has become 'old hat' for Welsh rugby fans. Mike Ruddock's done it twice.