About Elaine Grisdale

Elaine is a widely travelled PR person and optician who also gets involved with sales+marketing , education and writing in the UK and beyond. Having lived in France for many years Elaine feels more at home there than in England. She describes herself as a scarily enthusiastic French rugby fan and follows the XV de France, l'ASM Clermont Auvergne and le Stade Toulousain almost religiously from her home in Manchester. Her favourite players are Maxime Medard, Morgan Parra and Imanol Harinordoquy. Given her background with eyes, she was particularly disappointed not to have been given "le nod" to look after Morgan Parra during the World Cup final! Follow Elaine on Twitter!

How was it for you? The morning after the night before with Les Bleus

French Rugby Fans

So it’s the morning after the opening game of the 2012 VI Nations. The pre-match excitement, anticipation and stress has been replaced with satisfaction, reflection and joy.  Now France are top of the table ( for the moment )  I can relax and assess. Thank goodness for BBC iplayer so it can be devoured again […]

Encore Plus Prés (Getting Even Closer)

France's rugby players Julien Bonnaire (front) and Thierry Dusautoir (back) sign autographs for fans as they arrive with their team mates at the Charles de Gaulle Airport

One of the big differences between French and English rugby besides the French flair on the pitch, is for me, the absence of arrogance and as an extension of that, and the accessibility the players give to their public. This also sets them apart from professional soccer players who seem, in the main, to play […]

Rugby gives me hours of pleasure

French Rugby Fans

This is the first time that I’ve put pen to paper to write for Pink Rugby. It’s an exciting prospect being able to share my thoughts and experiences with a wider audience. I thought that for this first attempt, I’d set the scene and introduce myself. My special interest is the XV de France along […]