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!”

As Test Rugby takes its first tentative steps in 2021, France look to lay down a marker in Rome and a potential thriller in Twickenham awaits between England and Scotland

It’s back people!!!! Test Rugby and one of our favorite times of the year, the Six Nations gets underway this weekend. Although the stadiums will be empty, COVID so far has not managed to throw a spanner in the works, and proceedings look set to take place as planned. While France’s trip to Rome isContinue reading “As Test Rugby takes its first tentative steps in 2021, France look to lay down a marker in Rome and a potential thriller in Twickenham awaits between England and Scotland”

As we look towards a Six Nations that may or may not happen – we reflect on last year’s much maligned Autumn Nations Cup and what it told us about the state of Northern Hemisphere rugby

Before we bash it too much – let’s all be brutally honest. While it may have struggled to fire our imaginations for the most part, in a year where we were starved of Test Rugby, the cobbled together Autumn Nations Cup did give us some worthwhile reasons to gather around our televisions, provide some heatedContinue reading “As we look towards a Six Nations that may or may not happen – we reflect on last year’s much maligned Autumn Nations Cup and what it told us about the state of Northern Hemisphere rugby”

Is it a final in name only or could the last Test of the year have a surprising twist in its tail?

It would appear on paper that the supposed showpiece event of the Autumn Nations Cup is for all intents and purposes a bit of a non event. England roll out all their big guns while France are left to assemble a rag tag team of scraps from what the domestic clubs feel they can liveContinue reading “Is it a final in name only or could the last Test of the year have a surprising twist in its tail?”

It’s unlikely to be champagne rugby this weekend in the Autumn Nations Cup!

We rather regard this round of fixtures, before next Saturday’s finals as the contractual obligation weekend. We doubt it’s going to be particularly enthralling as a competition, especially with all three results being essentially foregone conclusions. England’s bruising pack and confident seasoned veterans are likely to put a squad of Welsh new kids on theContinue reading “It’s unlikely to be champagne rugby this weekend in the Autumn Nations Cup!”

Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup sees England and Ireland renew their acquaintance and Wales desperately hope that Georgia may give them something to cheer about!

The Autumn Nations Cup is now fully underway, but even though it was meant to skirt around the complications caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is affected nonetheless. Fiji’s participation in the tournament looks increasingly unlikely as the virus ravages through the Islanders’ squad, with their first two matches against France and Italy beingContinue reading “Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup sees England and Ireland renew their acquaintance and Wales desperately hope that Georgia may give them something to cheer about!”