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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Almost a Grand Slam!

Wallabies - 4 in a row

I was simply going to put the following statistics here – Wales 0 – 9 Australia Wales 0 – 18 Southern Hemisphere But the noises coming out of the Valleys makes it important to underline that the above record for Wales in successive games against the ‘Big 3’ can’t all be down to referees having […]

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.  […]

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 […]

They’re just very naughty boys….

Wallabies Dublin 6

Well, what can I say? When news broke on Monday night that six of the boys were being suspended because of a night out in Dublin I was headed to bed. I will freely admit that I got angry and mighty pissed off with what appeared to be, on the face of it, a bloody […]