About Melissa Wright

Melissa is a British freelance sports writer and broadcast journalist who is hopelessly and eternally obsessed with rugby. She's hovered on the sidelines as a super-keen radio reporter and scribbled blogs on everything from the Black Ferns to Japanese rugby. Follow Melissa on Twitter.

Six Nations: Players to watch this week

6 Nations Scrum

It’s finally back. The same booming national anthems, the same hallowed rugby turfs and an array of some of the finest rugby mind’s on the planet. But among the familiar talismans, there’s also a smattering of the newest talent to emerge in each of the six nations. ITALY The young man making the biggest waves […]

2013 June Internationals preview: Wk 1

Amateur rugby scrum

For the devoted rugby player, summer can be the cruellest of seasons. Rugby boots left to languish mournfully in a corner, mouthguard missing in action and all that rugby kit looking desolate at the bottom of the wardrobe. But fear not – this Saturday brings you a multitude of international fixtures to console yourself with […]

The chosen 37, who are they?

British & Irish Lions Captain Sam Warburton and Coach Warren Gatland

The Pride has finally been chosen – and the British and Irish Lions are a step closer to facing the Wallabies later this summer. After weathering months of intense speculation, traipsing to every Aviva Premiership, Heinken Cup and international fixture humanly possible, Lions Coach Warren Gatland has finally narrowed down a torrent of potential talent […]

Heineken Cup Semi Final Preview

Saracens v Toulon Heineken Cup

And then there were four. After seven months of bruising encounters between Europe’s club rugby elite, only the strongest quartet are still standing – and the Heineken Cup is almost in touching distance. All Welsh, Italian and Scottish sides have fallen by the wayside, dwarfed by their French, Irish and English counterparts in the pool […]

Six Nations Preview 2013: Final Round

6 Nations Captains pose with the 2013 trophy6 Nations Captains pose with the 2013 trophy

Six Nations: Final Round Preview After six weeks, four rounds and 31 tries, Super Saturday is finally upon us. Tournament favourites France find themselves, incredibly, propping up the table, 2009 champions Ireland currently languish at fourth while England are hungrily eyeing up their first Grand Slam in a decade. You have to hand it to […]

Six Nations Preview 2013: Rd 4

Ireland on defeat

Scotland v Wales Murrayfield, Saturday 9th March 14:30 Scotland welcome Wales to Murrayfield in a fixture that will see both sides brimming with confidence off the back of two consecutive wins. Whilst England look set to take the championship if they continue their recent form, this clash could end up being the decider for second […]

Six Nations Preview 2013: Rd 3

England Rugby's Young Guns

England v France Twickenham,  Saturday 23rd Feb, 17:00 GMT England storm into this third fixture off the back of two impressive wins so far in the competition, whilst France limp to Twickenham bearing the scars of a brace of defeats. For Stuart Lancaster’s men, the Grand Slam is beginning to feel within reach, whilst the […]

Six Nations Preview 2013 : Rd 2

RBS 6 Nations Logo

And so we advance to the second round of the tournament, where the top teams begin to edge away in their bid to take the championship. Can Italy storm to another win, making it one of their most successful tournaments to date? Will there be a second defeat for France, silencing the host of pundits […]

Six Nations Review 2013: Rd 1

6 Nations Captains pose with the 2013 trophy6 Nations Captains pose with the 2013 trophy

We couldn’t really have asked for more from this Six Nations opening weekend. Obscene amounts of drama, some blissfully skillful tries and a result that defied all the pessimistic pundits’ predictions. Let’s just hope the rest of the tournament can live up to these tremendous opening matches.   Wales v Ireland: 22-30 Rugby writers the […]

Six Nations: Opening Weekend Preview

6 Nations Captains pose with the 2013 trophy6 Nations Captains pose with the 2013 trophy

Wales v Ireland Saturday 2nd Feb, Millennium Stadium, 1:30 GMT This year’s opening clash looks to be the closest of the weekend. Two former Grand Slam Champions, both yearning to rediscover their lost form and open the Six Nations with a spirit-lifting win. Autumn: The Autumn wasn’t an entire write off for Ireland – after […]