All Blacks v England series wrap up

Smith Smith McCaw

The All Blacks have recently wound up their series against England, coming away with a 3-0 winning streak.  As one would predict, as one would hope.  But it wasn’t all smooth sailing, far from it actually… Test 1 and test 2 were both down to the wire and in reality, the All Blacks were lucky […]

Tour de Farce?

England Rugby's Young Guns

I don’t suppose this post will make me terribly popular in some corners but I seriously think we need a dose of reality regarding the upcoming tour to New Zealand. No one in their right minds heads off to the land of the long white cloud without being a little apprehensive about what awaits them. […]

Maori All Blacks

Maori ABs haka

At the same time the All Blacks were breaking records on the end of year tour, another All Blacks team were touring the US and Canada.  The Maori All Blacks. Unlike the ‘real’ All Blacks though, no one seemed to give a damn about the Maori All Blacks tour and I was disappointed to see […]

The Lions Share? Wallabies v Wales preview

Wales v Wallabies

The last international of the year sees the rejuvenated Wallabies travel to Cardiff to take on the equally resurgent Welsh team. If the seeding for the 2015 World Cup had been this December instead of 12 months ago these sides might have avoided each other as well as England in what has become known as […]

Greatest All Blacks team in history!

All Blacks sheds post Ireland

After the All Blacks’ win against the Springboks in Johannesburg it became apparent the 2013 All Blacks team was something special.  Now almost two months later and after securing their 14th win from 14 games – completing the season undefeated – it is obvious that the 2013 All Blacks are the best All Blacks team.  […]

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 […]

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, […]