The opening round of the Rugby Championship sees the All Blacks impress against a solid effort from Argentina, while Australia get their road to the World Cup off to the right start at South Africa’s expense!

A great opening weekend sees the All Blacks show us just what they are capable of against a spirited Argentinian side.  There was never really any doubt that New Zealand would ultimately come out on top against a slightly under strength Pumas team.  However, the Pumas made New Zealand work hard for the full eightyContinue reading “The opening round of the Rugby Championship sees the All Blacks impress against a solid effort from Argentina, while Australia get their road to the World Cup off to the right start at South Africa’s expense!”

Canada’s opening foray in this year’s Pacific Nations Cup gets off to a shaky start as they are taught some lessons by a very impressive Japan!

Canada opened their Pacific Nations Cup campaign in San Jose, California this weekend against an impressive looking Japanese outfit.  This was also Canada’s first step on the road to the World Cup in England in two months time and although outplayed by the Japanese for much of the match there was a glimmer of hopeContinue reading “Canada’s opening foray in this year’s Pacific Nations Cup gets off to a shaky start as they are taught some lessons by a very impressive Japan!”

The Southern Hemisphere starts its Road to the World Cup with this year’s abbreviated Rugby Championship!

The next month sees an abbreviated Rugby Championship as a result of the World Cup only 2 months away but the brevity of this year’s competition certainly doesn’t diminish the significance or importance of the tournament.  What it does perhaps highlight is a challenging travel schedule over a relatively short period of time, with Australia andContinue reading “The Southern Hemisphere starts its Road to the World Cup with this year’s abbreviated Rugby Championship!”

As Canada begin their journey to the World Cup, we once again sadly suffer from a lack of coverage of their efforts in Canada!

It is with dismay and increasing frustration that as Canada start their Pacific Nations Cup campaign on Saturday in San Jose against Japan, I have to report that Canadian supporters will have to resort to trawling the Internet a few days after the game to find any kind of video content of the match, despiteContinue reading “As Canada begin their journey to the World Cup, we once again sadly suffer from a lack of coverage of their efforts in Canada!”

And what a final it was as a contentious Super Rugby competition ends on a very high note!

As most of us are still catching our breath after one of the most memorable Super Rugby finals I can recall, we look back on a remarkable day in Wellington that reaffirmed the value of the competition even if in its present and proposed future format some serious overhauls are required!  Despite the vagaries ofContinue reading “And what a final it was as a contentious Super Rugby competition ends on a very high note!”

It’s an All New Zealand Final in this year’s Super Rugby as the rest of the world gets a taste of just what they’re up against come the World Cup!

So after much debate around the vagaries of the conference system in this year’s Super Rugby tournament, there is little doubt that the two best teams in the competition are now squaring up against each other in a mouth-watering final.  Last weekend’s semi-final action provided us with thrills and spills aplenty but left most inContinue reading “It’s an All New Zealand Final in this year’s Super Rugby as the rest of the world gets a taste of just what they’re up against come the World Cup!”

Two superb semi-finals await us this weekend as we get a chance to see the very best New Zealand and Australia have to offer in Super Rugby!

If you want a taste of what the rest of the world will be up against come September/October at the World Cup when they have to play either Australia or New Zealand then make sure you have access to a TV or the Internet this Saturday.   This year’s Super Rugby competition serves up two enthralling semi-finalContinue reading “Two superb semi-finals await us this weekend as we get a chance to see the very best New Zealand and Australia have to offer in Super Rugby!”

It’s Finals time and the heat is on in Super Rugby!

After a relatively inconsequential weekend for the three conference winners from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, the stakes suddenly become very real this weekend as we head into the qualifier knock out round for Super Rugby. The Lineout is not covering any of last weekend’s matches in detail as for all intents and purposesContinue reading “It’s Finals time and the heat is on in Super Rugby!”

With one more round to go of the regular Super Rugby season, the dice are pretty well cast in terms of who’s who in this year’s standings!

In a weekend that left us with few surprises, the only real question on everybody’s lips was who would upset the pecking order in the South African conference?  The dominant Stormers were up against the surprise form team of the season for South Africa, the Lions, in Cape Town to determine who would win theContinue reading “With one more round to go of the regular Super Rugby season, the dice are pretty well cast in terms of who’s who in this year’s standings!”

Super Rugby heats up as teams look to clinch their place in the knockout stages with the Waratahs having a wobbly in Joburg, the Stormers making a statement in Cape Town and the Crusaders rising from the ashes in Nelson!

The Lineout continues its coverage of the business end of this year’s Super Rugby competition by focusing on the top teams from each of the three conferences in the competition.  It was a terrific weekend and all three matches served up some spectacular rugby.  Australian conference leaders the Waratahs, took a heady fall in JohannesburgContinue reading “Super Rugby heats up as teams look to clinch their place in the knockout stages with the Waratahs having a wobbly in Joburg, the Stormers making a statement in Cape Town and the Crusaders rising from the ashes in Nelson!”