Autumn Nations Cup – a resurgent Scotland take on Italy who hope Georgia get a baptism of fire from England!

In many ways there are unlikely to be too many surprises tomorrow in Florence or Twickenham, but the subplot running through tomorrow’s fixtures is enormous. What subplot you may ask? Italy and Georgia will both be on show tomorrow, and the Autumn Nations Cup is probably the biggest opportunity to date to lay to restContinue reading “Autumn Nations Cup – a resurgent Scotland take on Italy who hope Georgia get a baptism of fire from England!”

The Tri Nations suddenly starts to feel like it, as Argentina join the party in Australia

While all eyes have been on Australia for the last four weeks, in their ongoing battle with New Zealand for the Bledisloe Cup, which now firmly rests with the All Blacks, it was easy to forget that the final two rounds were also part of the Tri Nations. Normally this would be referred to asContinue reading “The Tri Nations suddenly starts to feel like it, as Argentina join the party in Australia”

The first round of the new Autumn Nations Cup sees Ireland and Wales once more getting to grips with each other!

Perhaps the best news we’ve had all week is the fact that here in Canada we will be able to watch the whole tournament directly through DAZN, instead of having to test our Internet skills. It promises to be an entertaining and intriguing competition, and is the first regular run of Test rugby the participatingContinue reading “The first round of the new Autumn Nations Cup sees Ireland and Wales once more getting to grips with each other!”

A new look Wallabies add some spice to Bledisloe 2, a long awaited Champions Cup final sees England and France’s best do battle and the Rugby Championship loses a key participant!

Test Rugby is finally back after far too long and what a treat we were given as Australia and New Zealand provided us with a thrilling albeit rain soaked encounter in Wellington’s “cake tin”. After being less than slightly inspired by Super Rugby Australia, we were riveted by a Wallaby team that turned up inContinue reading “A new look Wallabies add some spice to Bledisloe 2, a long awaited Champions Cup final sees England and France’s best do battle and the Rugby Championship loses a key participant!”

State of the Union Address – “it ain’t pretty”!!!

COVID-19 has sadly thrown a massive spanner into all aspects of our lives in 2020, and we are clearly a long way from being out of the woods yet. We don’t for a second deny the gravity of the situation, but by the same token are longing for some sense of normality to return. TheContinue reading “State of the Union Address – “it ain’t pretty”!!!”

The Six Nations takes a viral twist, Super Rugby starts to hit its straps and the Toronto Arrows are all systems go!

Excuse the silence but some of us have been taking some well earned breaks in the sunshine to get away from the Canadian winter. I had the particular privilege of watching France’s outstanding victory over Wales, in a particularly lively bar surrounded by French rugby fans on the island of St. Martin. The Six NationsContinue reading “The Six Nations takes a viral twist, Super Rugby starts to hit its straps and the Toronto Arrows are all systems go!”

Six Nations, Super Rugby and our own Arrows – it all just keeps getting better and better for Rugby fans this weekend!

If you thought last weekend was pretty epic then this one coming up looks to be even better, with the added bonus of the Toronto Arrows getting their MLR campaign underway. The Six Nations got off to a thrilling start and, despite the weather forecast for this Saturday, provides us two contests of titanic proportionsContinue reading “Six Nations, Super Rugby and our own Arrows – it all just keeps getting better and better for Rugby fans this weekend!”

The Six Nations and Super Rugby kicks off this weekend – could rugby fans ask for anything more?

It’s here and for all intents and purposes it’s Christmas time for rugby fans around the world, as the world’s oldest annual rugby competition the Six Nations gets underway this weekend and for those with leanings towards the Southern Hemisphere, Super Rugby has its opening festivities. With plenty of new faces and sea changes inContinue reading “The Six Nations and Super Rugby kicks off this weekend – could rugby fans ask for anything more?”

Not too many surprises in the Heineken Cup and completed squads for the Six Nations

This week saw the Heineken Cup playoffs finalized with the weekend providing some epic contests, but ultimately not too many surprises in the final draw for those eight spots in the knockout stages. Meanwhile England completed the Six Nations jigsaw puzzle by naming their squad, and lastly the Toronto Arrows had a rousing preseason openerContinue reading “Not too many surprises in the Heineken Cup and completed squads for the Six Nations”

The Pool Stages of the Heineken run the numbers for two of the best runners up and squads start to take shape for the Six Nations

A busy week in the Heineken Cup sees a number of teams book their quarter final spots, and a fascinating five horse race for the last two runner up spots is on the agenda for this weekend. Meanwhile this week saw plenty of developments ahead of the Six Nations as all but England have nowContinue reading “The Pool Stages of the Heineken run the numbers for two of the best runners up and squads start to take shape for the Six Nations”