Happy 50th for the Rugby Union Writers’ Club

Inspiration: Terry O'Connor, founder member of the RWC, interviewed by John Inverdale

By Barry Newcombe

The Rugby Union Writers’ Club celebrated its 50th “birthday” yesterday with a suitably sumptuous lunch at Stationers’ Hall in the City of London.

The highlight of the day was a sequence of interviews  with former top players,  headed by the Ireland and Lions fly-half Jackie Kyle.

Kyle offered something of a contrast to modern international preparations when he spoke of the approach in his day: “We never trained as a team, except on Friday afternoon.”

Other players interviewed  by John Inverdale  were Richard Sharp, Roger Uttley and Sir Clive Woodward, of England, JPR Williams, of Wales,and Keith Wood of Ireland.

Terry O’Connor, the former Mail man who is the only surviving founder member of the RWC, who inspired the lunch, also spoke.