Keith Bracey’s new Rugby Show on Internet Radio Station Sports Radio Birmingham at at 8pm on Tuesday evenings.

Hiya Rugby Fans

I am broadcasting a new Rugby Show for all you Rugby Union aficionados out there on Internet Sports Radio Station based in Birmingham Sports Radio Birmingham at:

The show tries to replicate that special atmosphere of a post-match rugby clubhouse, without the beer but with the banter…….Gissa Listen on Tuesday nights at 8pm!


Keith Bracey, Presenter of ‘In the Clubhouse’ the new Rugby Union show on Internet Radio Station Sports Radio Birmingham at


The England Women’s rugby team is coached by two West Midlanders, Ex Aston Old Edwardian’s RFC scrum-half Gary Street and ex-Moseman and Wolverhampton RFC tighthead Graham Smith…..go Girls! Shame you lost your 4 year unbeaten record in the Six Nations to Ireland recently…..come out fighting and prove those critics wrong!

Ralph Lauren is a rugby brand which most rugby aficionados would be happy to wear…..I certainly would team a Ralph Lauren Polo with some RL khaki Chinos and a pair of Ralph Lauren brown loafers………..

You Look Like Her

Jumping a few steps ahead, but really wanted to share this.

Beloved Rugby Cafe and Rugby Ralph Lauren on Wisconsin Ave. recently closed. All this is news to me. Discovered these news today on my way to Down Dog Yoga for a morning energy boost. One thing that makes me be at peace with Rugby shutdown is that when it was open I basked in the sun, while sitting on the east side of Wisconsin Avenue, in front of Rugby Cafe, occasionally drinking Bailey’s on the rocks, people watching and pondering life. Odd, I know. They did have rocking decor, with Aussie flags, rugby matches on plasma TV in the top right corner, as you walked into a dim, wood-paneled insides of this preppy landmark. I never had any particular affinity towards Rugby as a sport, but I was fond of a couple of Aussie players.

Cheesecake was out of…

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What’s this all about…….rugby?

The Sporting Regard

Last time I checked, the month of February fell during the Australian summer.

But as an Australian it’s getting harder and harder to tell what is summer and what is winter. In the past we’ve had a few indicators to go off. Is it hot? Must be summer. Is it slightly chilly?  Must be winter.

But with all this climate change brouhaha, you can never really be certain about anything concerning the weather these days.

In any case, you still have the conundrum of what happens when it is hot, but then there’s a cool southerly in the afternoon that makes things cold again?! Even our dear mate Tim Bailey* is left scratching his head.

When the weather-test failed, the tried and tested fall-back option was simple: turn on the TV or open up the back page of the paper and the predominant sports code will let you know…

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My club Moseley Rugby in the RFU Championship have had a 3G rubber crumb training pitch where the England 19 Group Schools held their trials a few years ago…..Good to see artificial rugby pitches making an appearance at the elite level……………Go Sarries at the ‘Allianz Arena’ in Hendon….North London;s finest!

The Gun Show: Inside the mind of James Haskell.

The Borg unveiled their new artificially-turfed home ground to the surprise of many who anticipated an in-goal area instead of the 11″ of Astro Turf extending beyond the try line. An unnamed Borg official denied it was a plot by Anti-Fat Swallow-Diving Northern- Winger activists to cause the Ginster head injuries as he crashed into the grandstand. On the green plastic field, the Borg comfortably disposed of Exeter 33-11 despite their concrete hands.

Elsewhere, the Throbshawless Quins overcame a half-time deficit to out-tough ill-disciplined Leicester 25-21, Bath exploited the Exiles’ even poorer discipline – 18 penalties and 3 yellow cards – to triumph 40-16 for 6 wins in as many games, and Saints overpowered Worcester 27-18.

In the Rabies, ROG cemented his place in Ireland’s team for Scotland with an inept display in leading Munster to a 10-18 loss to Scarlets, and Leinster didn’t give Treviso a sniff in their…

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Super Rugby…….’Basketball Rugby’ if you ask me…………..!!!!!


The long wait is finally over – the first round of Super Rugby 2013 is done and dusted and 4 Australian teams have played their first game of the new campaign. The Brumbies‘ defense was simply too stubborn to be broken down by an average attacking display from the Reds, and they played well enough to earn a 24-6 win. The Rebels looked very good at times, and not so flash at others, but they still ran out 30-23 victors over the Western Force. Next weekend will see the teams from South Africa and New Zealand enter the competition and there are quite a few mouth watering clashes to look forward to.

Australian conference

A few notes on the Brumbies v Reds and Rebels v Force games: Both hit-outs had physicality and raw feeling about them, and did justice to the Australian ‘derby.’ There was…

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Les ‘Rosbifs’ gagnerant les Bleus la prochaine weekend…….Nes’t pas…….!!!!! Allez Les Rosbifs!!!!!!!!

One year of Adventures...

Nous arrivons le vendredi 15/02 a Queenstown, notre hote vient tres gentiment nous chercher a l’aeroport pour nous ramener chez lui. Super maison avec vue sur les montagnes. Il nous depose en ville, nous essayons de regarder le match de rugby de pre saison qui se deroule sur la pelouse du centre ville quand des spectateurs nous offrent 2 tickets pour rentrer (20 dollard d’econimises), top! Nous rejoignons notre hote qui lui est dans les tribunes officielles et du coup c’est boissons et BBQ gratuits et a volonte, re top! Beaucoup d’actions, beaucoup de  All Blacks (dont Ma’a Nonu), les equipes en jeux sont les Highlanders (Queenstown) v Blues (Auckland), ambiance tres friendly avec les joueurs qui tapent dans les mains des enfants au bord du terrain, on passe un tres bon moment. Simon, notre hote, nous prete ensuite les clefs de sa voiture pour qu’on puisse rentrer, lui va voir des…

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