Exciting times for the rugby world

Anthony Watson of England Rugby is tackled by Brice Dulin of France and Teddy Thomas of France durin

Anthony Watson of England Rugby is tackled by Brice Dulin of France and Teddy Thomas of France during the Six Nations Championship match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on March 13 2021. - PHOTO: Micah Crook/PPAUK - Credit: Micah Crook/PPAUK

Two huge developments in the rugby world this week. 
First, one of the most memorable Six Nations Championships in recent memory, no doubt keeping plenty glued to the box until the very last minute. 
Second, and more importantly for me, is the resumption of training at all levels at Sidmouth RFC. I’m sure this sentiment shared by many, excited to lace the boots or help coach age group rugby or simply getting a significant other out of the house for some peace and quiet on your own.  
This Six nations produced some of the best tournament rugby I have encountered for some time, in my humble opinion. Maybe, the lack of crowds has allowed teams/players/coaches to really focus on performance or maybe it is simply the result of having five very closely matched nations.  
The finale, perhaps the best game of the tournament, had it all. Like so many other games this year, and with the Lions tour around the corner, do not ask me to select a best British XV. 
And I am simply chuffed for all of my ex-teammates who have achieved great things, showing their real quality, something I hope they can all bring back to the Sandy Park Pitch. 
Finally, to the big news of the week. The long-awaited restart of Sidmouth RFC training. 
I am sure I am not alone in saying this, but my fitness will be a little suspect and I look forward to easing my way back into it. ‘Easing’ being the crucial word hear. I have heard plenty of news on the likes of Tom Seward and Ollie Pyne training and eating like Gods, but I’m sure there a fair few of us who may have relaxed a little too much as of late. 
Jack Yeandle and I will put a plan together for the coming weeks to get some enjoyable and productive training done at the Blackmore. The key for me is enjoying getting outside on this spring and into the summer evenings, and some much needed physical and mental therapy. 
Game days at the Blackmore are a long way away at the moment, but the opportunity to engage with the rugby club and its patrons as and when rules allow is something I long for. The thought of touch rugby festivals or 10s tournaments over the summer with a bustling clubhouse certainly tickles my fancy.   

Phil Dollman, Chiefs favourite and Sidmouth Rugby Club player coach

Phil Dollman, Chiefs favourite and Sidmouth Rugby Club player coach - Credit: Archant

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