England finally start to click, Ireland makes a cautious start and France gets the job done against a feisty Scotland!

Thrills and spills galore this past weekend as one of the most anticipated Six Nations in many a year got underway.  England started the show with a barnstorming display in Cardiff that shattered Welsh hearts.  Ireland meanwhile made a cautious but effective start to their campaign in Rome and gave some new players a chanceContinue reading “England finally start to click, Ireland makes a cautious start and France gets the job done against a feisty Scotland!”

One of the greatest shows on earth is about to get underway!

Yes it’s that glorious time of the year again, as the Northern Hemisphere’s showpiece tournament, the Six Nations, is about to get underway.  In a World Cup year, this is probably going to be one of the most exciting and difficult to call Six Nations we’ve seen in a long time.  So here’s the Lineout’s first attempt to offerContinue reading “One of the greatest shows on earth is about to get underway!”

The Lineout’s Crystal Ball for 2015

So here it is to get 2015 underway, the Lineout’s look ahead to the big International rugby events of this year culminating with the World Cup. Six Nations We’re all expecting a big one this year!  Although Ireland were tipped as favourites to defend their title and win for a second consecutive year, this year’sContinue reading “The Lineout’s Crystal Ball for 2015”

The Lineout’s End of Year Report Card

This week to summarise a great 2014, we give the top ten International Teams their annual report card using a marking system of 0-10, and as this is a Canadian site, we also have a look at how the Canuck men and women’s teams did over the year.  So without any further ado we’ll startContinue reading “The Lineout’s End of Year Report Card”

The Lineout’s Team of the Year 2014

Everyone else has done it so the Lineout might as well have a crack – so here it is The Lineout’s team of the year 2014.  Slight variation on the theme here – I may not necessarily be choosing the year’s best players but instead the players that stood out the most to me duringContinue reading “The Lineout’s Team of the Year 2014”

Italy’s representative struggles for credibility in the European Champions Cup

European Champions Cup This week, we continue to look at the European Champions Cup and focus on one the Six Nations countries’ participants in the tournament. This week it is Italy’s turn as we look at round 4, made slightly easier by the fact that they only have one team in the competition. As theContinue reading “Italy’s representative struggles for credibility in the European Champions Cup”

After a stellar November, Ireland stumbles at the provincial level in the European Champions Cup

European Champions Cup This week we look at how Ireland’s three provinces in the European Champions Cup, fared in the third round of the tournament.  After an exceptionally successful November campaign which saw Ireland win all three of their Internationals including the two against Southern Hemisphere giants Australia and South Africa, all eyes were onContinue reading “After a stellar November, Ireland stumbles at the provincial level in the European Champions Cup”

England find redemption through their forwards while Wales do enough to salvage some pride!

November Internationals We look at the last two internationals of a thrilling November, as England and Australia took part in an epic battle at Twickenham, while Wales finally managed to claim a Southern Hemisphere scalp in Cardiff as a badly misfiring South Africa cracked under Wales’ physical pressure. England vs Australia Final Score – EngContinue reading “England find redemption through their forwards while Wales do enough to salvage some pride!”

Canada’s European Tour ends with some positives but plenty of homework to do!

Canada’s end of year European Tour Having already looked at one of Canada’s three Internationals in Europe this November against Namibia, we’ll take a quick look at their last two matches against Samoa and Romania, the latter being of particular interest as Romania will be our pool opponents in next year’s Rugby World Cup. CanadaContinue reading “Canada’s European Tour ends with some positives but plenty of homework to do!”

Last stand for England and Wales while Australia and South Africa seek redemption

November Internationals – Europe This weekend sees the end of an exciting month of International Test Rugby with England, South Africa, Wales and Australia having everything to play for: We also look back on last weekend’s action and three outstanding matches in Dublin, Cardiff and Paris, in which New Zealand as always calmly asserted theirContinue reading “Last stand for England and Wales while Australia and South Africa seek redemption”