I was three weeks old when I went to my first rugby match – or so my parents tell me. Turns out it was a momentous day as it also marked the first time I tried beer, via a paternal finger dipped in a pint of John Smith’s. By all accounts, I wasn’t a fan. Of the ale, at least. My opinion of the game went unrecorded, but sleeping probably took place.
Many things have changed over the years that have followed, not least my opinion of beer. Even so, it would be nice to say my fascination with rugby started back then.
My name is James Harrington. I’m an English freelance sports journalist living it up in southwest France. I have put this website together so my work is in one handy place.
I’ve been writing about sport – notably rugby – in France, Europe and internationally for several years. My work has featured on a number of websites, including ESPN and Rugby Pass. I have also covered the European Champions Cup for UK and Ireland news agency The Press Association, write for The Irish Examiner, and contribute a weekly column on French rugby to The Rugby Paper.
And I have popped up on the occasional unsuspecting podcast – and even discussed the state of French rugby live on the radio in the UK and New Zealand.
So, if you are looking for an insight into rugby, whether it’s a column, op-ed, feature, live blog, podcast interview, or anything else you can think of, please feel free to click here and drop me a line.
And, if sport is not your thing, I’m also an experienced digital and print production journalist. I write and edit online articles, and design and sub-edit pages for France’s only English-language newspaper The Connexion.