It’s almost a new look England against an Australian side that has definitely advanced beyond the prototype stage!

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, and in this final instalmentContinue reading “It’s almost a new look England against an Australian side that has definitely advanced beyond the prototype stage!”

A Whirlwind Tour of this weekend’s Autumn International action – Part 2

As mentioned over on the TV page, work is dominating my life at the moment, so there is very little time to watch all the great rugby coming our way over the next three weeks, let alone write about it. However, with so much to talk about, felt I had to get something down onContinue reading “A Whirlwind Tour of this weekend’s Autumn International action – Part 2”

In a weekend that had just as much relevance as the Lions trials and tribulations in South Africa – Ireland, Wales and England gave us plenty to think about while the USA and Japan gave their supporters plenty of reasons to be cheerful and Canada reached for some Advil!

In this post we take a whip round last weekend’s Test action which although not as dramatic as the high stakes Lions tour in South Africa, taught us a great deal about what might be available come the much bigger prize of the World Cup in two years time. Canada and the USA got toContinue reading “In a weekend that had just as much relevance as the Lions trials and tribulations in South Africa – Ireland, Wales and England gave us plenty to think about while the USA and Japan gave their supporters plenty of reasons to be cheerful and Canada reached for some Advil!”

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”

Super Saturday’s Second Fixture sees Ireland and England looking to end their respective Six Nations Campaigns on a high!

England and France may be “le Crunch” but England and Ireland contests are renown for packing plenty of intensity and emotion. Last weekend’s “Crunch” at Twickenham provided arguably the best game of the tournament to date, as in a nailbiting and fast flowing game a rejuvenated England managed to narrowly derail France’s Grand Slam ambitions.Continue reading “Super Saturday’s Second Fixture sees Ireland and England looking to end their respective Six Nations Campaigns on a high!”

Round 4 of the Six Nations sees “Le Crunch”for England while Wales and France pursue Grand Slam glory!

We imagine that at the end of the weekend, Wales will still be on track for a Grand Slam after their Roman holiday courtesy of Italy, but could a beleaguered England have something to say about France’s lofty Championship aspirations? For Scotland and Ireland it’s a chance to get their campaigns back on track. ScotlandContinue reading “Round 4 of the Six Nations sees “Le Crunch”for England while Wales and France pursue Grand Slam glory!”

Six Nations 2021 Mid-Term Report – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

With the tournament now past the halfway mark and two mouth watering rounds left, we have been left with plenty to talk about. Even the postponed France/Scotland game is now looking likely to take place this month within the time frame of the tournament, albeit a few days after the final round, and with playersContinue reading “Six Nations 2021 Mid-Term Report – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

What should have been a great Six Nations weekend sadly succumbs to COVID 19

We all knew deep down that the likelihood of this year’s Six Nations proceeding uninterrupted from start to finish with the specter of COVID 19 hanging over it, was unlikely to say the least. Sure enough what should have been the fixture of the weekend in our opinion, that between France and Scotland in Paris,Continue reading “What should have been a great Six Nations weekend sadly succumbs to COVID 19”

After the first two rounds of the Six Nations – what have we learnt?

We have to say that despite the lack of crowds and some initial reservations about this year’s tournament, we are thoroughly enjoying it so far. As for the competitors themselves, we think it’s safe to say some are enjoying it more than others. If you’d asked us at the end of last year if weContinue reading “After the first two rounds of the Six Nations – what have we learnt?”

Six Nations Round 2 looks set to be a cracker – with England having everything to prove and needing a big win sadly at Italy’s continuing expense, while Wales will want to build on their defeat of Ireland but Scotland may have something to say about it!

Despite the lack of crowds that give the Six Nations its essential festival atmosphere, the rugby on display lacked for nothing in intensity and excitement. Italy and France got us started and while the result was never in doubt, France laid down a marker in full technicolor that they are the team to beat thisContinue reading “Six Nations Round 2 looks set to be a cracker – with England having everything to prove and needing a big win sadly at Italy’s continuing expense, while Wales will want to build on their defeat of Ireland but Scotland may have something to say about it!”