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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Juan Imhoff

Los Pumas Juan Imhoff shirtless

The Rugby Championship is over for another season so I’ve decided to honour a player from Argentina.  Juan Imhoff currently plays on the Wing for Los Pumas and was part of their squad at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He also plays in France’s Top 14 competition for Racing Metro 92.     DOB: 11/05/1988 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Australia in RWC pool of death

Rugby World Cup 2015 draw

Australia have been drawn alongside England and Wales in what is being called the ‘Pool of Death’ for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The draw, conducted last night at London’s Tate Modern, means that one of the traditional rugby powers will be knocked out before the quarter-finals. Let’s not kid ourselves when it comes to […]