The first round of the official Test window for November, sees one of the most anticipated matches since the last World Cup feature amidst a buffet of thrilling offerings!

So now it’s official as we head into the November Test window proper, despite last weekend’s headline encounter between England and South Africa. What was once the most anticipated contest since the last World Cup, that between England and New Zealand, now has to play second fiddle to the clash between Ireland and the AllContinue reading “The first round of the official Test window for November, sees one of the most anticipated matches since the last World Cup feature amidst a buffet of thrilling offerings!”

It’s that Wonderful time of the year – the November Internationals and we kick off with three fascinating encounters!

Yes that’s right it’s one of our favourite times of the year, even if all the leaves are falling off the trees and reminding us that summer is but a distant memory. The November Internationals where North meets South once a year kicks off this weekend, and even though we are technically outside the “officialContinue reading “It’s that Wonderful time of the year – the November Internationals and we kick off with three fascinating encounters!”

The November Test Series wraps up this weekend with one last hurrah for Wales and South Africa – as an interesting contest between two sides seemingly adrift in terms of consistency looms!

It’s been a fascinating month of Test Rugby which has been highly informative in terms of what it has told us about depth, especially in terms of the Northern Hemisphere teams, with perhaps Scotland being the biggest surprise package of the month. We’ll be doing our Annual Report Cards on all the big teams startingContinue reading “The November Test Series wraps up this weekend with one last hurrah for Wales and South Africa – as an interesting contest between two sides seemingly adrift in terms of consistency looms!”

The last weekend of the November Test series sees continued experimentation from all sides, with perhaps the Scotland/Australia fixture being the most eagerly anticipated matchup after their heroics against New Zealand!

The November Test window effectively draws to a close this weekend, even though there is one match in the first weekend of December when Wales hosts South Africa. However, for all intents and purposes, once the final whistle blows this Saturday in Dublin we’ll have a got a pretty good idea of the level ofContinue reading “The last weekend of the November Test series sees continued experimentation from all sides, with perhaps the Scotland/Australia fixture being the most eagerly anticipated matchup after their heroics against New Zealand!”

Week 2 of the November Internationals sees one of the month’s most anticipated fixtures between England and Australia, while a continued emphasis on building depth continues for everyone else and South Africa seek salvation at the Stade de France!

We had mixed feelings about the November Internationals when they were announced as we would have liked to have seen the two leading Northern Hemisphere rivals England and Ireland have a crack at more than just one of the Southern Hemisphere’s big three, despite them both getting a chance to play Argentina. Instead it wouldContinue reading “Week 2 of the November Internationals sees one of the month’s most anticipated fixtures between England and Australia, while a continued emphasis on building depth continues for everyone else and South Africa seek salvation at the Stade de France!”

The November Internationals kick off this weekend and it’s all about finding depth for all the teams involved as they start to look towards the World Cup!

The November Test window opens in earnest this weekend, with some interesting fixtures in prospect, though for most the highlight of the weekend is likely to be the clash between Ireland and a resurgent South Africa. England take on Argentina and seek to give some new caps their first taste of the International stage. MeanwhileContinue reading “The November Internationals kick off this weekend and it’s all about finding depth for all the teams involved as they start to look towards the World Cup!”

The End of Year Test window closes this weekend as England seek to finish the perfect season against Australia and we look back at last weekend’s action and some lessons learnt!

England look set to make history this weekend, which is all the more remarkable when you consider the post-mortem that was going on this time last year after the World Cup, as they seek to finish a perfect season in their final Test against Australia. Meanwhile we look back at some of the action fromContinue reading “The End of Year Test window closes this weekend as England seek to finish the perfect season against Australia and we look back at last weekend’s action and some lessons learnt!”

As the November Test window draws to a close all eyes will be on Twickenham and Dublin as England work towards closing out the perfect season while Australia chases a Grand Slam!

There was plenty of drama last weekend and this Saturday’s proceedings look set to provide more of the same, especially as the stakes for England and Australia are now mounting rapidly as they approach their own showdown next weekend.  England look set to end the year on an unprecedented 13 game winning streak and theContinue reading “As the November Test window draws to a close all eyes will be on Twickenham and Dublin as England work towards closing out the perfect season while Australia chases a Grand Slam!”

History is once more on the line as Ireland do battle with the All Blacks in Dublin as the highlight of another great weekend of Test Rugby!

There is no question that all eyes will be on Dublin this Saturday as no matter who they support, rugby fans around the world will be tuning into what promises to be the clash of the year as New Zealand attempt to redress the upset of their defeat to Ireland in Chicago. ¬†Ireland buoyed byContinue reading “History is once more on the line as Ireland do battle with the All Blacks in Dublin as the highlight of another great weekend of Test Rugby!”

The Lineout takes a look at some lessons learnt from last weekend’s November Internationals in terms of who’s who in the zoo!

Last weekend saw plenty of excitement as a crop of thrilling encounters took place which gave us some insight into how the New World Order of rugby is starting to emerge now the dust is well and truly settled 12 months on from last year’s World Cup. New Zealand still look the complete package inContinue reading “The Lineout takes a look at some lessons learnt from last weekend’s November Internationals in terms of who’s who in the zoo!”