It’s Summer Blockbuster time as North meets South below the Equator

It can be said that the end of season tours by European teams South of the Equator are a mixed bag in terms of what we can expect from one group of rather weary players meeting another only halfway through their season. However, a year out from what could be one of the most hotlyContinue reading “It’s Summer Blockbuster time as North meets South below the Equator”

November Internationals – North vs South and what we’ve learned – Part 2

After a month of truly vintage North vs South International Test Rugby, we take a look at what the respective Coaches of the big Ten learnt about their charges. We also pick our player of the month from each of the teams as well as a starting XV for each of them and which weContinue reading “November Internationals – North vs South and what we’ve learned – Part 2”

Ireland attempt to prove they’ve turned a corner against New Zealand

As mentioned over on the TV page, I’m slightly slammed with work at the moment, but there are three genuinely tasty fixtures in this weekend’s second Round of the November Internationals that simply have to be acknowledged. So here are the things that struck me from each of the three, with this second instalment lookingContinue reading “Ireland attempt to prove they’ve turned a corner against New Zealand”

South Africa stick to their guns against an All Black side that rarely falters twice!

Despite the gloom and doom surrounding South Africa’s “conservative” or “boring” game plan, call it what you will – as rugby fans we were treated to one hell of a Test match last Saturday to mark the 100th encounter between New Zealand and South Africa. There is no denying that New Zealand had a ratherContinue reading “South Africa stick to their guns against an All Black side that rarely falters twice!”

It may be the 100th Test of one of International Rugby’s greatest rivalries but is it all just myth and legend now?

This weekend sees the 100th Test between South Africa and New Zealand as one of the sports oldest rivalries once more takes centre stage. However, put aside all the history and forgive us if we have concerns that there is the danger that this match may simply not live up to the hype surrounding it.Continue reading “It may be the 100th Test of one of International Rugby’s greatest rivalries but is it all just myth and legend now?”

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”

Australia seek to get a foothold on the Rugby Championship and more importantly salvage some pride against their old enemy from across the Tasman Strait

It’s Round 2 of the Rugby Championship for Australia and New Zealand this Sunday, after much last minute shuffling on both sides of the Tasman. The match which was supposed to be played last weekend had to be postponed due to the two countries recent difficulties with the Delta variant of the pandemic which continuesContinue reading “Australia seek to get a foothold on the Rugby Championship and more importantly salvage some pride against their old enemy from across the Tasman Strait”

The Rugby Championship gets underway and Australia attempt once more to breach the walls of the All Blacks Fortress of Eden Park

In the first of our previews of the weekend’s opening rounds of the Rugby Championship we look at the second round of the Bledisloe Cup for Australia and New Zealand which also happens to be the opening salvo for both in this year’s Rugby Championship. Last weekend’s encounter between the two in the first ofContinue reading “The Rugby Championship gets underway and Australia attempt once more to breach the walls of the All Blacks Fortress of Eden Park”

As a foretaste to the Rugby Championship, the first Bledisloe Cup match is always one of the most anticipated fixtures of the year

As we move away from the controversy ridden Lions tour to South Africa, it’s hopefully time to get back to the good old fashioned basics of International Test Rugby. The first game of the annual Bledisloe Cup three match series between Australia and New Zealand is one that their supporters and neutrals alike eagerly lookContinue reading “As a foretaste to the Rugby Championship, the first Bledisloe Cup match is always one of the most anticipated fixtures of the year”

So what did the recently concluded Rugby Championship (aka Tri Nations this year) tell us about its competitors after one of the strangest years in terms of Test Rugby?

Let’s be honest in general 2020 is a year that most of us can’t wait to assign to the scrap heap of history. Our beloved sport was put on hold for several months and when it did return it was forced to play out in empty stadiums in the Northern Hemisphere. On that note ourContinue reading “So what did the recently concluded Rugby Championship (aka Tri Nations this year) tell us about its competitors after one of the strangest years in terms of Test Rugby?”