Don’t cry for me Argentina as the All Blacks look to put a Pumas side that seems to have lost its way to the sword again

We have to confess to finding this a very painful post to write. As regular readers of this site know, we have been and still are huge fans of Argentinian rugby. As a result, imagine how it saddens us especially after last year, to see one of our fan favorites appear to be so adrift.Continue reading “Don’t cry for me Argentina as the All Blacks look to put a Pumas side that seems to have lost its way to the sword again”

The First Test between the Springboks and the Lions brings us plenty of controversy but questionable quality from both sides – so a big step up is needed from all parties this weekend!

We like everyone else couldn’t wait for the highly anticipated start to the three Test series between South Africa’s Springboks and the British and Irish Lions to get underway. As excited as we were for Australian referee Nic Berry to blow the whistle for kickoff, like many we breathed a sigh of relief when heContinue reading “The First Test between the Springboks and the Lions brings us plenty of controversy but questionable quality from both sides – so a big step up is needed from all parties this weekend!”

After all the hurdles, anxiety and setbacks it’s finally here as the Springboks and the Lions open their accounts in Cape Town!

It’s hard to believe but a tour, that so many doubted would ever happen in the first place, serves up its first course as South Africa and the British Irish Lions at long last get down to business in Cape Town. It’s time to put aside all the debates as to whether or not theContinue reading “After all the hurdles, anxiety and setbacks it’s finally here as the Springboks and the Lions open their accounts in Cape Town!”

In a series decider France face their ultimate test of depth against an equally hungry Australia

In perhaps one of the shortest summer tours in history, which sees 3 full blooded Test matches played in the space of a mere 11 days, you’d have to argue that of the two sides France has it all to prove. Let’s put aside the references to it being a second or even third stringContinue reading “In a series decider France face their ultimate test of depth against an equally hungry Australia”

The Lions tour continues its roller coaster ride – and despite the setbacks the show must go on!

First up sorry for the silence but I’ve been away on a training course and apart from catching up on all the rugby of the past ten days in the limited time available to me, there was precious little for sitting down and writing. As a result it’s a bit of a whip round thisContinue reading “The Lions tour continues its roller coaster ride – and despite the setbacks the show must go on!”

The Lions Roar – Gatland picks his squad for the tour to South Africa

After much speculation, second guessing and will it won’t it musings, we are now so much closer to an event that despite all the pandemic controversy we are all eagerly awaiting. Lions Coach Warren Gatland has finally lifted the veil on his selections, and much to our surprise it’s a 37 man squad that, barContinue reading “The Lions Roar – Gatland picks his squad for the tour to South Africa”

Six Nations 2021 Report Card – Part 2

With the dust now settled on what for us has been one of the most riveting Six Nations in years, it’s time to hand out the marks. Despite the lack of crowds, the quality of rugby for the most part did not suffer and we were treated to a series of vintage games that areContinue reading “Six Nations 2021 Report Card – Part 2”

The Six Nations that keeps on giving has one final hurrah this Friday night in what should be a thriller – even if you’ll need to bring your calculator!

Sure in a perfect world and all the controversy aside we should now be dissecting the ramifications of what has been one of the most enthralling Six Nations Championships we can remember in a long time. However, before we do that there is still the unfinished business of France and Scotland’s postponed Round 3 matchContinue reading “The Six Nations that keeps on giving has one final hurrah this Friday night in what should be a thriller – even if you’ll need to bring your calculator!”

It’s Grand Slam time for Wales, with France needing to stop them and get a bonus point if they are going to keep us in suspense till next Friday

We should, had COVID-19 not got in the way, be toasting this year’s Six Nations Champion by the time referee Luke Pearce blows for time on Saturday in Paris. If Wales complete their Grand Slam journey and beat France, then we will indeed be toasting all things in Red. However, should they come unstuck inContinue reading “It’s Grand Slam time for Wales, with France needing to stop them and get a bonus point if they are going to keep us in suspense till next Friday”

The final round of this weekend’s Six Nations action see France’s superstars take on an Irish side suffering from an identity crisis

Tournament favorites France make their second road trip in this Six Nations before a welcome return to the Stade de France. While some have said that France don’t travel well, we’d argue that is not borne out in results. If you look at their performances in 2020, of four matches away they won two andContinue reading “The final round of this weekend’s Six Nations action see France’s superstars take on an Irish side suffering from an identity crisis”