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”

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?”

The final round of this weekend’s Six Nations action see France’s superstars take on an Irish side suffering from an identity crisis

Tournament favorites France make their second road trip in this Six Nations before a welcome return to the Stade de France. While some have said that France don’t travel well, we’d argue that is not borne out in results. If you look at their performances in 2020, of four matches away they won two andContinue reading “The final round of this weekend’s Six Nations action see France’s superstars take on an Irish side suffering from an identity crisis”

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!”

Scotland and France return to Murrayfield in what should be a fast and furious affair

France get their first taste of Autumn Nations Cup action, after their opening fixture with Fiji was cancelled due to COVID-19 running amok amongst the Island visitors. Scotland meanwhile dispatched Italy with relative ease last weekend, but even though both sides are lacking their first choice fly halves, Scotland know they will need to stepContinue reading “Scotland and France return to Murrayfield in what should be a fast and furious affair”

Can Japan make history and are Wales on track to make their own?

While it may be hard to top events on Saturday, these two quarter-finals will provide plenty of drama, and certainly in the case of Japan an expectant host nation will watch to see if their heroes can make this tournament one where dreams really do come true. The form books may be even less kindContinue reading “Can Japan make history and are Wales on track to make their own?”

The Pool of Death sees a match that provides a glaring example of why it has been given that ominous title

Aptly named the Pool of Death, Pool C sees three heavyweights who all have a chance of going through to the knockout stages. It could be easily argued that England are the best prepared of the three to make it out alive, but Argentina and France are more than capable of upsetting the established order.Continue reading “The Pool of Death sees a match that provides a glaring example of why it has been given that ominous title”