All eyes are on Dublin this weekend!

November Internationals – Europe It’s another exciting weekend ahead for Test Rugby as the November Internationals continue and we look at three upcoming fixtures: France vs Argentina – Paris Wales vs New Zealand – Cardiff Ireland vs Australia – Twickenham It will be a bit of brief post this week as yours truly is onContinue reading “All eyes are on Dublin this weekend!”

A good showing against Namibia while a big challenge awaits in the form of Samoa

  Canada’s November Internationals In the hype surrounding the big November Internationals it is easy to overlook the fact that Canada this November has three Internationals of note against Namibia, Samoa and Romania.  All three matches are being played in Europe and this past weekend saw Canada in action against Namibia in Wales at ColwynContinue reading “A good showing against Namibia while a big challenge awaits in the form of Samoa”

The openining matches in November’s Internationals see heartbreak for Wales and England while Irish and Scottish eyes are smiling!

November Internationals – Europe It’s another exciting weekend ahead for Test Rugby as the November Internationals continue and we look at four upcoming fixtures: Italy vs Argentina – Genoa England vs South Africa – Twickenham Scotland vs New Zealand – Edinburgh France vs Australia – Paris First up we’ll review the previous weekend’s action byContinue reading “The openining matches in November’s Internationals see heartbreak for Wales and England while Irish and Scottish eyes are smiling!”

The Northern Hemisphere prepares for their annual wake up call from the Southern Hemisphere!

November Internationals – Europe It’s an exciting weekend ahead for Test Rugby as the November Internationals get into full swing with four great encounters to get us started this Saturday: Wales vs Australia – Cardiff England vs New Zealand – Twickenham Ireland vs South Africa – Dublin Scotland vs Argentina – Edinburgh Expect full throttleContinue reading “The Northern Hemisphere prepares for their annual wake up call from the Southern Hemisphere!”

Plenty of French Flair but how much of it is homebrew?

European Champions Cup As mentioned last week, this week we will be looking at the top three French sides performances in the second round of the European Champions Cup and see how this might have a bearing on the French squad selection for the forthcoming November series of Tests against the Southern Hemisphere nations. Looking atContinue reading “Plenty of French Flair but how much of it is homebrew?”

England where art thou?

European Champions Cup  As mentioned last week, this week we will be looking at the top three English sides performances in the opening round of the European Champions Cup and see how this might have a bearing on the England squad selection for the forthcoming November series of Tests against the Southern Hemisphere nations. BasedContinue reading “England where art thou?”

Wallabies have another hard lesson at the All Blacks Finishing School

Bledisloe Cup 3 Australia vs New Zealand Final Score – NZ 29/Aus 28 Brisbane One thing this match was not was a dead rubber match. Despite the media circus surrounding the Wallaby camp, Australia came into this game guns blazing.  For three quarters of the game they outplayed a competitive but slightly under par AllContinue reading “Wallabies have another hard lesson at the All Blacks Finishing School”

European Champions Cup – The Old Heineken Cup gets a new lease of life!

European Champions Cup Although the purpose of The Lineout is to focus on International Test Rugby, there are two annual competitions that set the tone for the composition and selection of national squads for International Test Rugby. In the Southern Hemisphere it is Super Rugby, comprising 15 of the best club sides from South Africa,Continue reading “European Champions Cup – The Old Heineken Cup gets a new lease of life!”

Australia and New Zealand – unfinished business!

Bledisloe Cup 3 Australia vs New Zealand – Brisbane Saturday, October 18 You could be forgiven for thinking that this is potentially a dead rubber match. The Rugby Championship is well and truly dusted with New Zealand deserved champions.  Australia has emerged from the whole process in tatters surrounded by various off field media circuses.Continue reading “Australia and New Zealand – unfinished business!”

Rugby Championship 2014 – Round 6 – Give the people what they want – at last!

Rugby Championship 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand Final Score – SA 27/NZ 25 Johannesburg As expected this match proved to be the classic end of tournament showdown between the two best sides in the world that everyone predicted.  No quarter given and none taken as this game went down to the wire for theContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – Round 6 – Give the people what they want – at last!”