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 […]

McKenzie gets it right again

Ewen McKenzie - Wallabies Coach

Ewen McKenzie has named the Australian team for the first test against France at Lang Park this Saturday night. The team is: Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Nick Cummins, Bernard Foley, Nic White; Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, Sam Carter, Rob Simmons, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (c), James Slipper. Res: Tatafu […]

Absolutely the right choice to lead the Wallabies

Stephen Moore - Wallabies Captain

Stephen Moore was announced as the new captain of Wallabies on Monday. Among a poultice of candidates Moore has been selected, based on his own and the coach’s comments, in no small part due to his strong views on player culture and behaviour.  One only needs to run one’s eye over the other candidates to […]

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. […]

The ARU made the right decision about Israel Folau

Israel Folau named in Wallabies camp

The ARU had every right to make the decision to rule Israel Folau out of Saturday night’s clash against the Force. Yes that’s right, I said they had every right to make the decision.  Whether you like it or not, the ARU have bankrolled Folau’s switch to Australian Rugby and they have every right to […]

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 […]

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 […]