22 MARCH 1946, Page 2

Spring Sport

It would be a pity if the shortages and frustrations at home and the dangers and uncertainties abroad which blur the contrast between war and peace were allowed to obscure the minor pleasures which are resuming their old places in the annual round. Before the war a vast sporting public used to realise each year with a pleasant shock of surprise what a splendid group of major events come together round about the end of March. They are all here again. Last Saturday at Twickenham England overcame the hitherto un- beaten Scotland at Rugby football. The next few weeks will see the University athletic sports meeting, the Boat Race, the last stages of the F.A. Cup and the Grand National. All the traces of war are not yet removed. There are no caps for Rugby, though thirty men thoroughly earned them last Saturday and the F.A. Cup competi- tion follows an unfamiliar arrangement. But the joy these great occasions give will be none the less for that And The Spectator looks forward to the day when an increased paper ration will make it possible for sport to resume its pre-war pla'ce in its columns.