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Mick Cleary

Mick Cleary was sports feature writer for The Observer from 1988-1997 covering Wimbledon, Tour de France, F1, cricket, golf, athletics and horse racing. In 1997 he became Chief Rugby Correspondent of The Daily Telegraph. He has covered eight Rugby World Cups as well as seven Lions tours. Cleary has also written several books on the sport.

51 Articles
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Opinion

Mick Cleary: 'How difficult must it be to be a Glaws fan and keep frustrations in check?'

The shellacking dished out by Northampton has been defended by head coach George Skivington after his high-stakes selection gamble

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
15 May 2024, 4:23
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Mick Cleary: 'What England desperately need is a feeling of everyone pulling in the same direction'

The club versus country debate has been rumbling on for eons but there are tentative signs progress is inbound, at last

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
01 May 2024, 1:50
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Mick Cleary: 'There is no such thing as a run-of-the-mill, tepid, easy-as-it-goes East Midlands Derby'

For all the talk of exotic World Club Championships, it is affairs closer to home that stir the blood with the East Midlands derby…

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
18 Apr 2024, 2:10
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Opinion

Mick Cleary: 'Warren Gatland didn’t bother asking Feyi-Waboso who he fancied playing for. Baxter left nothing to chance.'

The Chiefs have nothing to lose when heading to Toulouse and have a puncher's chance of causing an upset

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
10 Apr 2024, 10:57
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Mick Cleary: 'It's hard to know why Farrell was never loved in the manner Jonny Wilkinson was'

The Saracens legend will soon be plying his trade in France and England fans should be left with regrets over his treatment

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
04 Apr 2024, 4:03
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Mick Cleary: 'England proved they are more than a limited, functional side'

In embracing attacking rugby, Steve Borthwick has proven himself to his players and the wider public.

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
18 Mar 2024, 6:03
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Mick Cleary: 'What England were missing was what they produced big time on Saturday – a statement victory'

Steve Borthwick finally has a performance and result to build upon as Twickenham erupts, but it must not be a one-off

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
11 Mar 2024, 4:12
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Mick Cleary: 'England are in need of another resurrection act.'

Steve Borthwick's men are expected to be another bump in the road on Ireland's triumphant path to the Grand Slam, can they spring …

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
08 Mar 2024, 3:42
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Mick Cleary: 'England fans are entitled to be grumpy and weary'

Steve Borthwick's men fumbled the ball, tried to play too much rugby and were ultimately undone by Duhan van der Merwe's brillianc…

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
26 Feb 2024, 1:50
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Mick Cleary: 'England can’t go down without having a craic. That’s a positive development, a ballsy selection decision'

Steve Borthwick has shed his conservative image by dropping the dependable Freddie Steward for the creative George Furbank

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
23 Feb 2024, 4:31
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Opinion

Mick Cleary: 'England would not supply many, if any, names to a Six Nations XV'

Steve Borthwick's side have identity, but remain too formulaic and too blunt in attack.

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
12 Feb 2024, 6:04
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Mick Cleary: 'Come on, Warren, send those boys out to Twickenham with a sense of Barry John in their souls'

England and Wales are sides in transition and both coaches must empower their players to cut loose and play on instinct

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
07 Feb 2024, 4:23
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Mick Cleary: 'An England captain has to be more than a mere figurehead'

Jamie George is hugely experienced and a popular member of the squad and his relationship with Steve Borthwick will be pivotal

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
31 Jan 2024, 3:35
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Mick Cleary: 'Jamie George is England's rock at the head of a here's-hoping squad'

The new skipper has much on his plate, but there are reasons for cautious English optimism.

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
18 Jan 2024, 2:44
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Mick Cleary: 'Farrell has proven he has the rugby IQ for Lions task'

Andy Farrell's honesty, personality, charisma and humility means the 2025 tourists will be in good hands.

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
12 Jan 2024, 8:43
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Mick Cleary: 'No team wins without a sense of itself. No team prospers without a good bit of fight in it.'

Steve Borthwick has tweaked his coaching team ahead of the 2024 Six Nations, emboldened by a strong showing in France

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
05 Jan 2024, 14:19
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'Lighten up and be a man of influence' - the festive issues facing Steve Borthwick

What must the England coach address as a new year and a new World Cup cycle begins?

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
19 Dec 2023, 10:35
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Revitalised Bath have 'puncher's chance' in European quest

After so long in the doldrums, a 'well-balanced' Bath side look 'in reasonable shape' for a tilt at honours

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
07 Dec 2023, 9:21
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Mick Cleary: 'Andy Farrell gets it. Head and heart in perfect alignment. Get him in the job now.'

With the Rugby World Cup filed away, attention will soon turn to the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia, and the planning nee…

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
25 Nov 2023, 14:50
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It's time to let the England players take French leave

Economic forces have forced the likes of Henry Arundell and Jack Willis over the channel to France and they shouldn't be published…

Mick Cleary
Mick Cleary
17 Nov 2023, 11:52
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