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 […]

Fingers Crossed for England

England v All Blacks

I’m pretty much a glass half full sort of bloke most of the time – especially when someone else bought it for me (even better if it’s a stein rather than just a pint). However, I find myself feeling more than a little apprehensive about the game at Eden Park on Saturday evening (breakfast our […]

Steffon Armitage should be included

Steffon Armitage

The clamour for Steffon Armitage to be included on the second plane down to New Zealand appears to have fallen on deaf ears. Many of the media pundits endorse the decision – citing the risk that many of England’s key players will migrate to France knowing that a precedent has been set if Steffon is […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

RFU have got to be kidding me!

Cognac, Rugby, Peugeot Kids Cup

For some time various authorities have increasingly become more namby pamby in their attitudes to risk – kids can’t play conkers any more, you can’t change a light bulb at work without training and brain surgeons can only operate if they are less than half drunk (okay, so I made the last one up, but […]