France give England a very unsettling wake up call while Italy and Scotland show plenty of enterprise but struggle with their finishing! World Cup Warm-up matches continue apace in Europe with rematches for Wales and Ireland and Scotland and Italy.

The World Cup warm-up matches continued apace in Europe last weekend, and while some consider these games as nothing more than experimental outings in a “phony war” before the real fireworks start on September 18th at Twickenham, they still provide us with plenty of insight as to what the teams strengths and weaknesses are inContinue reading “France give England a very unsettling wake up call while Italy and Scotland show plenty of enterprise but struggle with their finishing! World Cup Warm-up matches continue apace in Europe with rematches for Wales and Ireland and Scotland and Italy.”

Canada come short yet again against the USA and is in danger of suffering a confidence crisis heading into the World Cup!

It was another ugly afternoon for Canada, as they came woefully short against a highly motivated US Eagles team who once again taught them a painful lesson in finishing skills amongst the cornfields south of Ottawa.  At this point with two extremely challenging warm-up games against Fiji and Georgia in England prior to the globalContinue reading “Canada come short yet again against the USA and is in danger of suffering a confidence crisis heading into the World Cup!”

Canada look for some much needed redemption against the USA this weekend in Ottawa as the clock winds down on their preparation time for the World Cup!

After a very disappointing Pacific Nations Cup tournament this summer which saw Canada put in some big performances but ultimately fall short at the last hurdle of every game, the three remaining warm-up matches against the USA, Fiji and Georgia before the World Cup, which starts on September 18th, are a critical time for the team.  FurthermoreContinue reading “Canada look for some much needed redemption against the USA this weekend in Ottawa as the clock winds down on their preparation time for the World Cup!”

New Zealand retain the Bledisloe Cup, while South Africa make a much needed comeback in Buenos Aires! In European World Cup warm up matches England and Ireland edge past France and Scotland but all four teams are left with plenty of homework to do!

As expected the All Blacks returned to form with a vengeance after their loss to the Wallabies the week before in the Rugby Championship to make sure that the Bledisloe Cup stays in New Zealand.  Meanwhile, South Africa got some confidence back after a poor start to the year by beating the Pumas at home inContinue reading “New Zealand retain the Bledisloe Cup, while South Africa make a much needed comeback in Buenos Aires! In European World Cup warm up matches England and Ireland edge past France and Scotland but all four teams are left with plenty of homework to do!”

As expected Ireland see off a highly experimental Welsh side and we look forward to the prospect of a bumper weekend of World Cup warm-up matches including a Bledisloe Cup match between New Zealand and Australia!

This past weekend, Ireland got their journey to next month’s World Cup underway with an emphatic win over a Welsh side that was not much more than an interesting experiment.  This weekend preparations for the World Cup continue in the Northern Hemisphere with Ireland plying their trade against Scotland and England take on France.  InContinue reading “As expected Ireland see off a highly experimental Welsh side and we look forward to the prospect of a bumper weekend of World Cup warm-up matches including a Bledisloe Cup match between New Zealand and Australia!”

Experimentation is the order of the day as Wales and Ireland seek to establish some depth in their first warm up game leading up to the World Cup!

This weekend sees the Northern Hemisphere start their preparations for the World Cup with a series of warm-up matches, beginning with Wales facing Ireland in Cardiff.  In a unique scenario where both coaches have been talking to each other regarding selections, this match has a very experimental feel to it as both sides seek to developContinue reading “Experimentation is the order of the day as Wales and Ireland seek to establish some depth in their first warm up game leading up to the World Cup!”