Sunday, 11 October 2015

Rugby as the nation's religion

"All things considered" is always an interesting radio programme and has won a UK national award in its time. This morning's edition is more than usually topical and perceptive. The reverend Roy Jenkins provides insights into the historical connections between rugby union football and the established church and more powerfully, after initial antagonism, the chapels. He concludes with a brief survey of the place of faith among rugby players today. I must admit that, even after nearly fifty years in Wales, a couple of the anecdotes (especially one from the chaplain of Cardiff prison) moved me. Recommended, even if you are not normally a sports fan.

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