REPORTS | John Barclay set for another retirement u-turn

Scotland international John Barclay has told the BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly Podcast that despite initially planning to retire, he’s having a change of heart.

“It’s given me a nudge to think I would like to play a couple more games,” he said. “But recruitment in rugby has dried up. I’m seeing how things develop over the next few months. Nothing is happening right now so I’ve got to wait and see.

“It’s maybe a bit tricky to find a club potentially, budgets are getting cut, all the clubs are losing money.”

He said of the shutdown of rugby due to Covid-19: “Now this is happened, I feel like it’s not a great way to potentially finish, just peter out and fizzle out into nothing.

“As of now, when my last pay cheque comes in, that’s it. I’m going to go from rugby player to stay-at-home dad and there’s nothing I can do about it. As of a month’s time, full-time baker or stacking shelves in the supermarket, I don’t know.”


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LIST | The 5 types of rugby players we’ve all hated playing with

The types of players that every team up and down the country has, and we’ve all hated playing with over the years…

1. Darren, the drunk

Staggering into the changing room with a litre bottle of Lucozade and bloodshot eyes, Darren is the person you avoid at all costs. He’s a loose cannon, he’s just been on the razz, and he only turned up because ‘it keeps the fitness levels up’. He was probably a fairly good player before the booze took over, but the lure of Oceana nightclubs and cheap pints of Strongbow was all too tempting.

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