The Hurricanes prove yet again they are an unstoppable force, while the Chiefs despite an injury list from hell show that they are catching up fast by giving the Bulls a painful lesson!

As promised the Lineout takes up residence in the Southern Hemisphere as we look at the business end of the Super Rugby competition and this year’s abbreviated Rugby Championship.  What is already clear is that New Zealand sides, the Hurricanes in particular are showing that they are in a league of their own.  As the SuperContinue reading “The Hurricanes prove yet again they are an unstoppable force, while the Chiefs despite an injury list from hell show that they are catching up fast by giving the Bulls a painful lesson!”

As the European International season comes to an end, Toulon makes history and shows that there is still no substitute for experience!

In a match where everyone predicted that the international juggernaut known as Toulon would carve their place in history by winning the European Championship three years in a row, there were very few surprises.  While we may not have got much of a sense of what the World Cup may look like from a FrenchContinue reading “As the European International season comes to an end, Toulon makes history and shows that there is still no substitute for experience!”

As Europe’s International season draws to a close, the spotlight ends up being squarely on France!

As the Lineout, spends its last two weeks in Europe before setting up shop in the Southern Hemisphere until August and preparations for the World Cup, we look at the upcoming inaugural European Champions Cup Final between Clermont Auvergne and Toulon.  Although this clash perhaps lacks the international nature of the competition in that itContinue reading “As Europe’s International season draws to a close, the spotlight ends up being squarely on France!”

In a weekend that sees few surprises French clubs claim the inaugral European Champions Cup as their own!

Let’s be honest, many of us were hoping for an upset but realistically felt that it was unlikely to happen, as the only two non-French clubs left in the competition travelled to France to take on the two best teams in Europe on home soil.  Leinster hadn’t really shown us in the semis that theyContinue reading “In a weekend that sees few surprises French clubs claim the inaugral European Champions Cup as their own!”

Round 9 of Super Rugby action sees some Bulls players stick their hands up for Springbok selection while Australia’s Brumbies falter against the Blues!

This week we look at Round 9 of the Super Rugby competition this past weekend and how the top ranked team in each of the three participating countries fared. This weekend New Zealand’s top team the Hurricanes had the weekend off, so we will only be looking at Australia’s Brumbies and South Africa’s Bulls. TheContinue reading “Round 9 of Super Rugby action sees some Bulls players stick their hands up for Springbok selection while Australia’s Brumbies falter against the Blues!”

The European Champions Cup Semi-Finals take place this weekend as Leinster and Saracens go to France looking for miracles!

As Saracens and Leinster travel to France this weekend, they know that they need a bit of divine intervention to pull off what can only be described as upsets if they are to emerge the victors.  Marseille will be an exceptionally challenging place for Leinster to pull off a win against a daunting Toulon, andContinue reading “The European Champions Cup Semi-Finals take place this weekend as Leinster and Saracens go to France looking for miracles!”

In the European Champions Cup Quarter-Finals French sides show us how it’s done; while Leinster and Saracens cling to the cliff face and just keep English and Irish hopes alive in the competition!

After a thrilling weekend, where French teams and Bath showed all the flair, history looks set to repeat itself as we head to the possibility of an all French final unless Saracens and Leinster can produce miracles away from home.  After the excitement of the Six Nations, the Quarter-Finals of the Champions Cup continued the partyContinue reading “In the European Champions Cup Quarter-Finals French sides show us how it’s done; while Leinster and Saracens cling to the cliff face and just keep English and Irish hopes alive in the competition!”

The Lineout heads below the Equator for our first look at some of the action in the Southern Hemisphere!

Now that all the excitement of an incredible Six Nations is over, The Lineout packs it bags and heads South of the Equator as we look at the Super Rugby competition as it nears its halfway mark and really gets into the business end of the tournament.  We won’t be ignoring the Northern Hemisphere altogetherContinue reading “The Lineout heads below the Equator for our first look at some of the action in the Southern Hemisphere!”

In the most breathtaking final day of the Six Nations many of us have ever seen, Ireland just edge out England and Wales and all teams provide us with a truly glorious advertisement for Northern Hemisphere Rugby!

Now that most of us have come back down to earth and put away our calculators and more importantly our defibrillators, we look back on one of the most incredible finales to the Six Nations that most of us have probably ever seen and one which certainly silenced the critics’ accusations that Northern Hemishpere rugbyContinue reading “In the most breathtaking final day of the Six Nations many of us have ever seen, Ireland just edge out England and Wales and all teams provide us with a truly glorious advertisement for Northern Hemisphere Rugby!”

Wales produce the defensive effort of the tournament and shatter Irish Grand Slam dreams; England comfortably get past Scotland but fail to impress while Italy implode against France and set up a three horse race for the final weekend of the Six Nations!

There were plenty of thrills and spills this past weekend with the Wales and Ireland game offering all the drama and tension it promised.  In probably the best game of the tournament so far that had most people on the edge of their seats, Wales put on a truly heroic defensive effort that ultimately denied IrelandContinue reading “Wales produce the defensive effort of the tournament and shatter Irish Grand Slam dreams; England comfortably get past Scotland but fail to impress while Italy implode against France and set up a three horse race for the final weekend of the Six Nations!”