From an English retrospective

England celebrate after their defeat of Wales

There’s been thousands or words and hundreds of column inches already on the game last Sunday and I don’t want to add to the destruction of a rain forest – so here’s an online alternative take on what happened at the weekend at Twickenham. It was a pretty good weekend for English rugby – the […]

6 Nations ad banned on BBC in England

BBC Banned 6 Nations Advert

Originally made for the BBC to promote the 6 Nations in 2012, this ad was pulled it after complaints it was anti-English. It was re-edited to give ‘more balance’ but ended up in the BBC archives never to be shown on TV again. I love it and think the BBC should have aired it anyway!  […]

Some Weekend! 6 Nations review

England v Ireland

In my predictions I said that all three games would be close and could go either way. I was wrong on that count – but only on Friday night at the Millennium, where Wales turned up and France didn’t. Wales were never in trouble against a French side who arrived on the back of two […]

Six Nations Predictions: Rd 3

2014 Six Nations Captains

To be honest the three International games this weekend are very hard to call. France are at the Millenium on Friday night where they will take on Wales who have left the prickly Mike Phillips on the bench. Expect a thunderous impact in the centre where George North will take on the equally big Mathieu Bastareaud […]

On the Bounce: 6 Nations review

6 Nations Round 1 Fixtures

There has been a rainforest of press coverage detailing the minute by minutiae regarding the start of the 6 Nations so nobody will want my tuppence worth (less than 1p today) regarding what actually went on in Cardiff, Paris and Dublin. Instead I’ve decided to scribble a few thoughts regarding some of the leading individuals […]

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 […]

In the Mix – 6 Nations is about to start!

2014 Six Nations Captains

This year’s 6 Nations kicks off on Saturday with mixed predictions from all the pundits as to who will win the Championship. Having said that I can’t remember anyone forecasting a Grand Slam and I think that they are probably right in that thinking. The nature of rugby now is that every team will have […]

No substitute for experience

Jamie George England Saxons Debut

The game at Kingsholm last evening proved once again that experience is what counts when players step up a level. Ireland fielded a team with far more experience in representative rugby – and it showed. For all the possession and territory that England Saxons enjoyed against the Irish Wolfhounds they rarely looked like breaching the […]

Almost a Grand Slam!

Wallabies - 4 in a row

I was simply going to put the following statistics here – Wales 0 – 9 Australia Wales 0 – 18 Southern Hemisphere But the noises coming out of the Valleys makes it important to underline that the above record for Wales in successive games against the ‘Big 3’ can’t all be down to referees having […]

Always look on the bright side of life!

All Blacks meme

There were other matches at the weekend but let’s start with the final one. The ABs duly enter the record books as the first top international side to go through a calendar year with a 100% record – it would have simply read unbeaten if Aaron Cruden hadn’t got a second shot at the last […]