Southern Hemisphere 3 – Northern Hemisphere 1

England defeated by All Blacks

As I suspected in my preview last week it was not a great weekend for the Northern Hemisphere – but there was one ray of light that seemed to be poking through from the end of the tunnel – as I’ll explain later in this report. It started quite well with Wales finally getting a […]

The Big Guns – Weekend Internationals preview

Wallabies v Ireland

This weekend sees the home nations taking on the Southern Hemisphere – Ireland host the Wallabies, Scotland wait nervously for the arrival of the Springboks, Wales face Argentina and at Twickenham England take the field against the all -conquering All Blacks. Wales will want a strong showing and a decent score against the Pumas to […]

Record Damage

Englead defeat All Blacks

The phrase ‘Lies, damned lies and statistics’ is alternately attributed to either Disraeli or Mark Twain depending on which Google site you go to. It is one of the most used quotes in the English language (most frequently by politicians to explain a recent unfavourable poll) There is a good reason it is popular however, […]

Autumn Fare (to middling)

All Blacks Haka v France

The second week of internationals for England and the first for the other home nations brought a mixed bag of performances. Scotland and Ireland duly put away their opposition as expected and both will face much harder tasks over the next few weeks when they take on the Southern Hemisphere giants. Scotland will be the […]

We Woz Robbed!

Super Rugby Referee

Last Saturday at Twickenham Australia were on the wrong end of one bad call, possibly two, from the officials. If you were to look at any of the social networking or rugby sites you could read a litany from annoyed (some apoplectic) Aussie fans demanding IRB action and claiming unfair bias against them. The fact […]

European Theatre – Weekend Internationals preview

2013 All Blacks squad

Following last week’s opening drama at Twickenham, the autumn internationals kick off in earnest this weekend when there will be 6 games in total on Saturday. Thanks to the magic of the recording button I will be able to take them all in and review them here on Monday (stop jeering at the back!) Australia […]

A Big Test – Wallabies v England preview

Wallabies v England

The game at Twickenham on Saturday is a big test in every sense of the word. By late afternoon we will have some idea of where the two teams are less than two years out from the World Cup. By now both head coaches should have a pretty good idea of at least the spine […]

The Rugby Championship roundup: Rd 6

Pumas v Wallabies

The Rugby Championship came to a thundering climax at Ellis Park where the undisputed best two teams on the planet faced off for the title. In a breathless encounter that will have made the rest of the rugby world shudder the All Blacks ran out worthy winners against a Springbok team that for long periods, […]

A Different Planet

Wallabies v Pumas

I never actually planned to write anything much today except for my blog but having watched the two Rugby Championship games I felt compelled to give a perspective from the Northern Hemisphere. Not that I imagine there will be much interest down there about what a Pom thinks. Incidentally I don’t understand why it’s us […]

Sofa so good

Jamie george scores for saracens

I watched 8 games over the weekend – 6 of them ‘live’ in real time. I had to record the Currie Cup as it clashed with the Double header at Twickenham and they only showed highlights of the game at Montpellier against Toulouse. I loaded up the sofa with a pile of pasties and cans […]