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”

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!”

Scotland arrive in Cardiff looking to add even more impetus to an impressive start to their Six Nations campaign while Wales hope that home advantage may bring some salvation!

Wales’ first of three home Six Nations games sees them having to take on a Scottish side oozing confidence after back to back Calcutta Cup victories over England. Wales are not the Championship winning side of 2021 and in many ways are a mere shadow of it. Their current form is more likely to putContinue reading “Scotland arrive in Cardiff looking to add even more impetus to an impressive start to their Six Nations campaign while Wales hope that home advantage may bring some salvation!”

A perfect storm brews at Murrayfield between two sides with everything to prove and scores to settle!

Six Nations games between England and Scotland have always been packed brimful of expectation and emotion, but in recent years they have started to become the stuff of legend. Can anyone ever forget that remarkable Scotland comeback from 31-7 down in the second half in 2019 at Twickenham? Then there was last year’s heroics onContinue reading “A perfect storm brews at Murrayfield between two sides with everything to prove and scores to settle!”

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 3

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. We also pick our player of the month from each of the teams as well as a starting XV for each of them and which weContinue reading “November Internationals – North vs South and what we’ve learned – Part 3”

Scotland look to take on South Africa by muscling up!

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, starting with Scotland and SouthContinue reading “Scotland look to take on South Africa by muscling up!”

A Whirlwind Tour of this weekend’s Autumn International action – Part 3

As mentioned over on the TV page, work is dominating my life at the moment, so there is very little time to watch all the great rugby coming our way over the next three weeks, let alone write about it. However, with so much to talk about, felt I had to get something down onContinue reading “A Whirlwind Tour of this weekend’s Autumn International action – Part 3”