It's simply not cricket
Published 01/10/2011 | 05:00
•Sport's magnetic pull comes from a parallel world with limitless possibilities for hope and disappointment, governed by its own moral gravity that gives contest an ethical atmosphere.
In rugby, you can tackle and bludgeon a man in full flight. Bring the same intensity and force on to the street and it is violent assault.
The difference is the intent. Nobody has embraced the concept of attributing purpose to aggression, subject to disciplined control, better than the British.