This year’s Summer Tours look set to come to an unprecedented conclusion as across the board Game 3 is a series decider for all!!!

In 50 years of watching rugby, I have to be honest I can’t remember the last time the annual summer tours by the Northern Hemisphere have ended with all series needing to be decided in game 3. As a result we are in for a truly spectacular Saturday this weekend, akin to Super Saturday inContinue reading “This year’s Summer Tours look set to come to an unprecedented conclusion as across the board Game 3 is a series decider for all!!!”

It’s do or die this weekend for the Northern Hemisphere sides as they play the second round of the Summer Tours

New Zealand vs Ireland – Saturday, July 9th – Dunedin New Zealand can feel pretty pleased with their day at the office last weekend at Fortress Eden Park. Ireland meanwhile will have to content themselves with a very spirited performance that sadly lacked the execution of their opponents. Both sides gave it their all, butContinue reading “It’s do or die this weekend for the Northern Hemisphere sides as they play the second round of the Summer Tours”

It’s Summer Blockbuster time as North meets South below the Equator

It can be said that the end of season tours by European teams South of the Equator are a mixed bag in terms of what we can expect from one group of rather weary players meeting another only halfway through their season. However, a year out from what could be one of the most hotlyContinue reading “It’s Summer Blockbuster time as North meets South below the Equator”

The URC, November 5th and beyond

Yes we can see the puzzled looks on faces with this headline, but all of a sudden the competition has come down to Ireland vs South Africa, and a foreshadow of this November’s Test between the two countries and their ultimate showdown in the pool stages of next year’s World Cup. The action that willContinue reading “The URC, November 5th and beyond”

Super Saturday will summon the faithful for a Six Nations showdown of note!

It’s been a glorious four weekends of International Test Rugby and one of the best Six Nations we can remember for a while, but like all good things it must come to an end – but what an ending we have to look forward to on Saturday. France look essentially unstoppable on their march toContinue reading “Super Saturday will summon the faithful for a Six Nations showdown of note!”

Ireland have it all to do if they are to stop the French juggernaut in Paris this Saturday!

Although it’s so early in the day, Round 2 to be precise, it’s hard to not look at Saturday’s clash in Paris as a possible Championship decider. There is little doubt that both teams are red hot at the moment. However, before we all get too carried away, let’s put it in perspective. As goodContinue reading “Ireland have it all to do if they are to stop the French juggernaut in Paris this Saturday!”

Ireland line up at the Aviva with a squad that looks set to take no Welsh prisoners!

And so it begins!!! The tournament that we anticipate more than any other is finally about to get underway. After the empty stadiums of the past two years, the crowds are back and will add that critical 16th man element to every home team as well as all the color and festive atmosphere the tournamentContinue reading “Ireland line up at the Aviva with a squad that looks set to take no Welsh prisoners!”

This year’s Six Nations looks set to be the most exciting and unpredictable annual classic that we’ve seen in a very long time!!!!

Yes it’s finally here, a tournament that for most of us is the highlight of our annual rugby calendar. That in no way detracts from the Rugby Championship for our Southern Hemisphere friends but as International Test Rugby’s oldest annual dustup, the Six Nations has so much history behind it that it’s hard to topContinue reading “This year’s Six Nations looks set to be the most exciting and unpredictable annual classic that we’ve seen in a very long time!!!!”

November Internationals – North vs South and what we’ve learned – Part 5

After a month of truly vintage North vs South International Test Rugby, we take a look at what the respective Coaches of the big Ten learnt about their charges. I’ll try and get at least one a week out which should be a good segue into the buildup for the Six Nations in the NewContinue reading “November Internationals – North vs South and what we’ve learned – Part 5”

Ireland attempt to prove they’ve turned a corner against New Zealand

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, with this second instalment lookingContinue reading “Ireland attempt to prove they’ve turned a corner against New Zealand”