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!”

Rugby Championship 2014 – Round 5 – The Mighty Springbok returns!

South Africa vs Australia Final Score – SA 28/Aus 10 Cape Town For me this game was definitely one of the highlights of the Championship this year.  The last ten minutes of the game and the Springboks breathtaking performance will go down as a vintage rugby classic.  The whole game was good and kept everyoneContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – Round 5 – The Mighty Springbok returns!”

Rugby Championship – Round 5 Preview

Fixtures this weekend South Africa vs Australia – Cape Town Undoubtedly the fixture of the weekend, as these two sides slug it out to see who really is the second best team in the world after the All Blacks. With the All Blacks most likely clinching the Championship this weekend in Argentina, this match isContinue reading “Rugby Championship – Round 5 Preview”

Rugby Championship 2014 – 4th round, winner takes all

New Zealand vs South Africa Final score – NZ 14/SA 10 Wellington As predicted, the Springboks dug deep and finally came up with a performance which although not perfect was nevertheless a considerable step up from their previous three outings in the Championship. It would appear that Heineke Meyer may finally have the semblance ofContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – 4th round, winner takes all”

Refereeing consistency please!

With not much to report on the home front in Canada we skip our usual wrap up of the game in Canada and use this opportunity to take a look at an issue that sadly is in danger of detracting from the enjoyment of our great game – refereeing. Last weekend’s potential spectacles were marredContinue reading “Refereeing consistency please!”

Rugby Championship 2014 – Excuse me, ref!

New Zealand vs Argentina Final score – NZ 28/Arg 9 Napier We will leave out the fact that the refereeing of this game was poor and discuss that later. It detracted from what was a solid contest and one in which the Pumas made the All Blacks work hard for 80 minutes. The only thingContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – Excuse me, ref!”

Rugby Championship 2014 – Round 3 preview

Fixtures this weekend New Zealand vs Argentina – Napier While, there is little doubt that New Zealand are the favourites to walk away with a win from this match and easily take first place in the competition standings, it won’t be done without considerable effort and Argentina will cause problems for the All Blacks especiallyContinue reading “Rugby Championship 2014 – Round 3 preview”

Canadian Rugby Roundup

This week we take a quick look at Canada’s fixtures in Europe this autumn. I was surprised to see many citing these fixtures as excellent preparation for Canada’s campaign in next year’s Rugby World Cup. I for one, although not denying the value of the games, can’t help being disappointed at the quality of theContinue reading “Canadian Rugby Roundup”