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 […]

Enough, for BOD’s sake!

Brian O'Driscoll flick through legs

The media hype about this coming weekend’s game in Dublin is increasingly focused on the fall out between Warren Gatland and Brian O’Driscoll on last summer’s Lions’ Tour. Rugby coverage in the press and on websites usually concentrates on the match, predicting selections and the result – it rarely falls into this type of football […]

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 […]

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 […]