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?”

Argentina attempt what some say is the impossible – back to back wins over New Zealand

In a weekend, which serves up some rather dour Northern Hemisphere contests in the Autumn Nations Cup, there is no doubt whatsoever that the second Tri-Nations clash between New Zealand and Argentina is THE BIG TICKET item this Saturday. Can Argentina pull off the unthinkable and defeat the All Blacks twice in a row? CanContinue reading “Argentina attempt what some say is the impossible – back to back wins over New Zealand”

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”

It may be the Rugby Championship in name, but for all intents and purposes this year it marks the start of International Rugby’s build up to the World Cup!

The start of the Rugby Championship this weekend, the annual dust up between the Southern Hemisphere’s big four, marks the official start to the warm up process for the World Cup in Japan which kicks off in just over two months time from now. The competition as it always is in a World Cup year, is abbreviatedContinue reading “It may be the Rugby Championship in name, but for all intents and purposes this year it marks the start of International Rugby’s build up to the World Cup!”

The Lineout’s Annual Southern Hemisphere Report Cards for 2018 – Part 3 – New Zealand

As we do at the end of every year and with their seasons over till February, we look back at the highs and lows of the Southern Hemisphere season and hand out our verdicts on the big four Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. With less than nine months left before the biggest rugbyContinue reading “The Lineout’s Annual Southern Hemisphere Report Cards for 2018 – Part 3 – New Zealand”

With the November Test window just around the corner – some talking points for the big four from the Southern Hemisphere

With the Rugby Championship done and dusted, there is plenty to talk about in relation to Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as they head North of the Equator in one of the most keenly anticipated November Test windows in years. This year’s Rugby Championship was one of the best we can remember forContinue reading “With the November Test window just around the corner – some talking points for the big four from the Southern Hemisphere”

In the last Round of this year’s Rugby Championship it’s do or die for Australia; high stakes for Argentina and South Africa and a score to settle for New Zealand!

The stakes are for high this final weekend of the Rugby Championship, with Australia staring down the barrel of an unprecedented finish at the bottom of the table as the key talking point. On the flip side of the coin Argentina are looking to seal their best ever Championship with a third win as theyContinue reading “In the last Round of this year’s Rugby Championship it’s do or die for Australia; high stakes for Argentina and South Africa and a score to settle for New Zealand!”

After a thrilling Round 4 the Rugby Championship has finally got everyone talking as we head into two fascinating final rounds!

What a round that was and best of all, we were proved utterly wrong in a lot of our assumptions when it came to South Africa! Argentina rewarded our belief in them and we really hope that they can finish their best Championship ever in style for the final two rounds. However, our biggest shoutContinue reading “After a thrilling Round 4 the Rugby Championship has finally got everyone talking as we head into two fascinating final rounds!”