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 […]

A Fine Line: England v Wallabies review

Billy Vunipola in action against the Wallabies

A lot of rugby games turn on one incident that changes the fortunes of both teams. Yesterday at Twickenham was no exception. For the first 50 minutes England looked exactly what they were – a team who hadn’t played together for months and with limited international experience. The Wallabies on the other hand had started […]

A Big Test – Wallabies v England preview

Wallabies v England

The game at Twickenham on Saturday is a big test in every sense of the word. By late afternoon we will have some idea of where the two teams are less than two years out from the World Cup. By now both head coaches should have a pretty good idea of at least the spine […]

James O’Connor to play in Europe

Danny Cipriani posing with James O'Connor

James O’Connor has announced that he will move to Europe next month on a short-term playing contract. In a statement released this afternoon, O’Connor has said he is in discussions with several clubs with an announcement to come in the next few days. “I have decided that I will be moving overseas next month as […]

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, […]

1, 2,3 Go! Wallabies scrum in crisis

Wallabies v All Blacks rugby scrum

There was a time, before rugby went professional, when the glamour positions rarely involved anyone wearing a shirt that had a number that was lower than 9 stitched on the back. Public approbation and adulation was mainly reserved for side-stepping number 10s, darting scrum halves, flying wings, rampaging centres and jinking full backs. The grunt […]

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 […]

Bledisloe Cup game 2 highlights

Richie McCaw leads the haka

Unlike in the lead up to the first Bledisloe Cup match, last week I was rather confident that the All Blacks would be able to do enough to retain the Bledisloe Cup for the 11th year in a row.  Any All Blacks game is a special game, but this game was more so for me […]

Bledisloe Cup game 1 highlights

Richie McCaw Bledisloe

I am more than willing to raise my hand and say that I expected the All Blacks to lose on Saturday night.  I can’t pin point WHY I felt this way, but after Dan Carter and Liam Messam were deemed unfit I was 100% certain we would lose.  No team can win ALL the time […]

Favourite Bledisloe moment: Part 2

John Eales kicks to win the 2000 Bledisloe Cup in Wellington.

Following on from my ‘Favourite Bledisloe Moment’ post yesterday, it’s time to reveal my second favourite moment. In 2000, the Bledisloe Cup was retained after John Eales kicked a penalty with the last kick of the game in an awesome 24-23 win over the All Blacks in the decider in Wellington. I’m not going to […]