The First Test between the Springboks and the Lions brings us plenty of controversy but questionable quality from both sides – so a big step up is needed from all parties this weekend!

We like everyone else couldn’t wait for the long awaited start to the three Test series between South Africa’s Springboks and the British and Irish Lions to get underway. As excited as we were for Australian referee Nic Berry to blow the whistle for kickoff, like many we breathed a sigh of relief when heContinue reading “The First Test between the Springboks and the Lions brings us plenty of controversy but questionable quality from both sides – so a big step up is needed from all parties this weekend!”

After all the hurdles, anxiety and setbacks it’s finally here as the Springboks and the Lions open their accounts in Cape Town!

It’s hard to believe but a tour, that so many doubted would ever happen in the first place, serves up its first course as South Africa and the British Irish Lions at long last get down to business in Cape Town. It’s time to put aside all the debates as to whether or not theContinue reading “After all the hurdles, anxiety and setbacks it’s finally here as the Springboks and the Lions open their accounts in Cape Town!”

Wales’ young guns face an accomplished and powerful Argentinian side looking to set themselves up for the Rugby Championship

Welsh Coach Wayne Pivac could not have asked for a better test for his young bucks than a full strength Argentinian side looking to make a point in Cardiff and beyond. We can’t help feeling that tomorrow’s Test match has slightly slipped off the radar for everyone except the two teams involved, as it livesContinue reading “Wales’ young guns face an accomplished and powerful Argentinian side looking to set themselves up for the Rugby Championship”

In a series decider France face their ultimate test of depth against an equally hungry Australia

In perhaps one of the shortest summer tours in history, which sees 3 full blooded Test matches played in the space of a mere 11 days, you’d have to argue that of the two sides France has it all to prove. Let’s put aside the references to it being a second or even third stringContinue reading “In a series decider France face their ultimate test of depth against an equally hungry Australia”

What we learned about Japan, the USA and Canada in their recent tours of the British Isles

Sadly much of what we learnt about Canada and the USA this summer doesn’t make for overly positive reading, but Japan gave us plenty to cheer about. All three sides emerged winless from their two Test visits to the UK and Ireland, but in Japan’s case it was no cause for long faces. The USAContinue reading “What we learned about Japan, the USA and Canada in their recent tours of the British Isles”

In a weekend that had just as much relevance as the Lions trials and tribulations in South Africa – Ireland, Wales and England gave us plenty to think about while the USA and Japan gave their supporters plenty of reasons to be cheerful and Canada reached for some Advil!

In this post we take a whip round last weekend’s Test action which although not as dramatic as the high stakes Lions tour in South Africa, taught us a great deal about what might be available come the much bigger prize of the World Cup in two years time. Canada and the USA got toContinue reading “In a weekend that had just as much relevance as the Lions trials and tribulations in South Africa – Ireland, Wales and England gave us plenty to think about while the USA and Japan gave their supporters plenty of reasons to be cheerful and Canada reached for some Advil!”

The Lions tour continues its roller coaster ride – and despite the setbacks the show must go on!

First up sorry for the silence but I’ve been away on a training course and apart from catching up on all the rugby of the past ten days in the limited time available to me, there was precious little for sitting down and writing. As a result it’s a bit of a whip round thisContinue reading “The Lions tour continues its roller coaster ride – and despite the setbacks the show must go on!”

And so it begins – The Lions take on Japan as a preface to what could be one of the most important tours in International Rugby since the last World Cup!

The long wait is over, strap yourselves in and get set. Despite the controversy, the restrictions of COVID-19, the lack of crowds and so much more – this Lions tour surely must be one of the most eagerly anticipated in years. The excitement is building and this Saturday sees the slow start of a returnContinue reading “And so it begins – The Lions take on Japan as a preface to what could be one of the most important tours in International Rugby since the last World Cup!”

Erasmus and Nienaber appear reluctant to change the status quo, but include some exciting new prospects to face the Lions

With Director of South African Rugby Rassie Erasmus and new Springbok Coach Jacques Nienaber naming their sqaud to face the Lions next month there were relatively few surprises. It’s a side that is, for all intents and purposes, a mirror image of the one that won South Africa the World Cup under Erasmus’ tutelage almostContinue reading “Erasmus and Nienaber appear reluctant to change the status quo, but include some exciting new prospects to face the Lions”

The Arrows story so far – our Exiles put up a brave fight!

The Arrows 2021 season has so far been a bit of a rollercoaster. Arguably facing more than their fair share of hurdles to be even playing in the tournament at all as the only Canadian franchise, the Arrows have had a promising campaign at times but a glaring lack of consistency is clearly holding themContinue reading “The Arrows story so far – our Exiles put up a brave fight!”