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!”

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!”

Does the World’s biggest stage have one last plot twist in store for us on Saturday?

Yes that magical moment that only comes around once every four years is finally upon us. The World Cup final! It’s been a tournament full of twists and surprises. Japan’s meteoric rise to superstar status, England’s demolition of New Zealand – the list goes on. Meanwhile France and Ireland held true to form and squanderedContinue reading “Does the World’s biggest stage have one last plot twist in store for us on Saturday?”

Simply put – what a weekend lies in store as the World Cup gets to the business end in Japan!

When we first looked at the pools draw for this World Cup, we felt that possibly the pool stages may have ended up being rather one-sided. In many ways they were, certainly in the case of Pool B. However, as always some of the Tier 2 nations packed some genuine punch. Uruguay were well worthContinue reading “Simply put – what a weekend lies in store as the World Cup gets to the business end in Japan!”

A very big day for North American rugby as Canada and the USA get their World Cup campaigns underway!

Canada and the USA kick off exceptionally challenging World Cup campaigns tomorrow. Canada get their journey in what is essentially the “Pool of no Hope” underway, while the USA commence operations in the “Pool of Death”. In short both teams have the unenviable task of collectively facing up to five of the best teams inContinue reading “A very big day for North American rugby as Canada and the USA get their World Cup campaigns underway!”

England and Ireland resume their age old rivalry while Scotland host France and hope to get their World Cup preparations onto some solid ground!

Ireland travel to Twickenham this weekend in their first of a gruelling round of three back to back World Cup warmup games which sees them up against England and then two encounters against the Welsh. England have one more match after this before Japan, so after coming unstuck against Wales last weekend will clearly wantContinue reading “England and Ireland resume their age old rivalry while Scotland host France and hope to get their World Cup preparations onto some solid ground!”

Some unfinished business gets taken care of in the Southern Hemisphere and England’s World Cup squad gets a test of their big game temperament in Cardiff

Yes we know, Scotland also travel to Toulon to get their World Cup preparations underway but we won’t be covering it as we are unable to watch it here in Canada (though we will be able to get the return fixture at Murrayfield next weekend and thus will cover that). However, there is plenty toContinue reading “Some unfinished business gets taken care of in the Southern Hemisphere and England’s World Cup squad gets a test of their big game temperament in Cardiff”

In the last of this weekend’s World Cup warmups England take an experimental approach while Wales for the most part go with a tried and trusted formula

It may be a World Cup warmup match, but an encounter between Wales and England is always something special and an occasion to be savoured. This weekend is no exception, as these two great rivals meet at Twickenham and with it all the atmosphere that such matches bring. For Wales the goal will be toContinue reading “In the last of this weekend’s World Cup warmups England take an experimental approach while Wales for the most part go with a tried and trusted formula”