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Huw Richards is qualified to play for either Wales or England and was only prevented from doing so by being slow, short-sighted, averse to pain and lacking in any compensating talent. Denied sporting success he became a journalist and, after contributing to the demise of several short-lived rugby magazines, was the FT's rugby writer between 1995 and 2009 and currently writes for the International Herald Tribune and the Sunday Herald.
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Wales 15-17 Ireland, Six Nations Championship, March 21
Mar 21, 2009:  "It puts a final seal on what can now be seen as the finest decade in Irish rugby history." Huw Richards reports from the Grand Slam-witnessing Millennium Stadium
1948
Mar 18, 2009:  "The one Irish team to have won a Grand Slam had their own historical incubus. In their case it was 1899, the last time Ireland had won a Triple Crown." Huw Richards writes
Comment
Mar 10, 2009:  "Wales may never again win a major sevens crown. What does matter is that at the moment when it counted most, the Welsh seven rose to the occasion." Huw Richards writes
1931
Mar 6, 2009:  "France played like a team with something to prove - but happily they channelled their frustration into good rugby rather than violence." Huw Richards writes
1953
Feb 20, 2009:  "For every era of Welsh dominance like the 1900s or 1970s there is an English counterpart - the 1920s and 1990s." Huw Richards writes
1960
Feb 13, 2009:  "Firmly implanted in Welsh folk-memory are the numerous occasions when conditions at the old Arms Park ground were all but impossible." Huw Richards writes
1909
Feb 6, 2009:  "Saturday's meeting between Ireland and France at Croke Park will mark the 100th anniversary of their first meeting." Huw Richards writes
Italian Rugby
Jan 30, 2009:  "Anybody who takes them lightly is likely to pay with the loss of Championship points." Huw Richards writes
Comment
Jan 27, 2009:  "History, never mind any other consideration, shows that it is tough to repeat. Nobody has ever won consecutive five-match Slams." Huw Richards writes
1912
Jan 23, 2009:  Tennis star Andy Murray is hoping to follow in the footsteps of an Irish rugby player as he pursues the Australian title at Melbourne. Huw Richards writes
1928
Jan 9, 2009:  "There is nothing quite like a shockingly early death to perpetuate a memory. But there is more than that to Du Manoir's consecration as French rugby's official saint." Huw Richards writes
1875
Dec 19, 2008:  "Constant law changes are what goes with rugby's complexity - an unending attempt to ensure that the game's delicately-balanced machinery does not clog up." Huw Richards writes
Comment
Dec 15, 2008:  "Gatland is clearly in charge. He has a united set of coaches he himself chose. Any senior player who chooses to challenge his authority will find himself on a loser." Huw Richards writes
1907
Dec 12, 2008:  There is always talk of traditions when the Varsity match comes round. This year Oxford wing Tim Catling revived one that looked to have fallen into complete disuse - scoring hat-tricks
1936
Nov 21, 2008:  "No man has become more famous on the basis of a single match, England's victory over New Zealand in 1936." Huw Richards writes on Alexander Obolensky
England v Australia
Nov 14, 2008:  "Twickenham has no visitor more familiar or frequent nowadays than the Wallabies...There was a time, though, when they were seen much less frequently on English grounds." Huw Richards writes
Comment
Nov 4, 2008:  "Does it matter whether they are competitive in, the Celtic League, the Anglo-Welsh Cup or the Heineken Cup?" Huw Richards writes
Rugby History
Oct 31, 2008:  "The pursuit of a touring Grand Slam gives a shape and purpose to the November tests that simply can't be managed by the creation of spurious head-to-head trophies..." Huw Richards writes
Comment
Oct 17, 2008:  "Stradey was the birthplace of the special relationship between Wales and New Zealand" Huw Richards writes
British & Irish Lions
Sep 3, 2008:  "It was, all were agreed, the zenith of their careers to be British Lions - members of the party that broke a losing run extending back to the beginning of the twentieth century." Huw Richards meets the 1955 Welsh Lions.
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