What is The Lineout?
The Lineout is a blog focusing on International Test Rugby, aimed at providing a digest of the International game for a primarily Canadian audience.
What does it cover?
The Lineout covers the two major annual international Test rugby competitions for the top ten Rugby nations – The Rugby Championship for the Southern Hemisphere (Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) and the Six Nations Championship for the Northern Hemisphere (England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales).
It also covers:
- Summer and Fall tours by these countries in June and November
- The Rugby World Cup, in its entirety, every four years
- Canadian International Test matches
- Some coverage of the two major annual international club competitions, as background to the development of their National Sides: The European Champions Cup in Europe and Super Rugby in the Southern Hemisphere
- Now that professional rugby has a home in Canada with the MLR franchise the Toronto Arrows we’ll also be covering all of their home games.
Is it just match coverage?
In addition to the above mentioned match coverage and analysis there will also be regular information on where and how to watch the big games in Canada, via television or internet. There will also be occasional features on rugby travel and great places to watch the games in Canada and abroad.
Who writes the Lineout?
A rugby mad Canadian, frustrated by the lack of coverage of our great game in Canada, on a blog that sums up the thoughts of a bunch of blokes chewing over the week’s rugby over a couple of pints. I have been watching rugby for almost fifty years and used to play at high school. Am I an expert? No. Do I love the game? Yes.
Who do we support?
Any team that plays good rugby and embraces and upholds the values of our great game. We’ll be honest there is a predominant bias towards Irish and South African rugby in our midst because of collective backgrounds, but we also are huge fans of Argentina, France and Scotland as well as any underdog in any match. Naturally because this is a Canadian site we lend our rallying cry to the men from North of the 49th parallel whenever they go to battle. Bottom line though like we say – if any team plays good rugby we’ll sing their praises to the rooftops!
Is it open to comments?
Most definitely! Hopefully it can become a forum for discussion and analysis and generate greater interest in our beloved game in Canada and North America in general and for anyone else around the world who like our musings. See the above qualifier – the thoughts expressed in these pages are my own reflections on the game, from a passionate supporter. If you disagree fine but don’t troll.
When will it come out?
Time, work and family commitments permitting every week during the Test windows throughout the year.
Feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org