Round 4’s final game of this Six Nations weekend between a Scottish side rueing some lost momentum and an Irish team just starting to build some – should be a cracker!

This has become an increasingly tasty fixture in the last few years, and at Murrayfield it seems to develop an extra layer of intensity. Ireland travel to Edinburgh fresh off an impressive dismantling of a rather poor Italian side, while Scotland will be fuming at their enforced abstinence from Six Nations rugby as a resultContinue reading “Round 4’s final game of this Six Nations weekend between a Scottish side rueing some lost momentum and an Irish team just starting to build some – should be a cracker!”

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?”

Six Nations Round 2 looks set to be a cracker – with England having everything to prove and needing a big win sadly at Italy’s continuing expense, while Wales will want to build on their defeat of Ireland but Scotland may have something to say about it!

Despite the lack of crowds that give the Six Nations its essential festival atmosphere, the rugby on display lacked for nothing in intensity and excitement. Italy and France got us started and while the result was never in doubt, France laid down a marker in full technicolor that they are the team to beat thisContinue reading “Six Nations Round 2 looks set to be a cracker – with England having everything to prove and needing a big win sadly at Italy’s continuing expense, while Wales will want to build on their defeat of Ireland but Scotland may have something to say about it!”

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 this finally the weekend to get excited about the Autumn Nations Cup?

“A made up tournament, in a desperate attempt to inject some financial lifeblood into the Northern Hemisphere’s cash starved Unions” – we sincerely hope that this weekend will enable us to write a different epitaph on the Autumn Nations Cup Tombstone. The tournament just hasn’t fired plain and simple. One of the biggest entertainment cardsContinue reading “Is this finally the weekend to get excited about the Autumn Nations Cup?”

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”

Autumn Nations Cup – a resurgent Scotland take on Italy who hope Georgia get a baptism of fire from England!

In many ways there are unlikely to be too many surprises tomorrow in Florence or Twickenham, but the subplot running through tomorrow’s fixtures is enormous. What subplot you may ask? Italy and Georgia will both be on show tomorrow, and the Autumn Nations Cup is probably the biggest opportunity to date to lay to restContinue reading “Autumn Nations Cup – a resurgent Scotland take on Italy who hope Georgia get a baptism of fire from England!”

A match where whether you win or lose, a rather daunting quarter final awaits you

It is widely assumed that Ireland and Scotland will be the teams that progress from Pool A to the quarter finals. There is the wild card that is Japan and how home advantage could cause them to create two upsets this tournament as opposed to their one historic victory in the last World Cup, butContinue reading “A match where whether you win or lose, a rather daunting quarter final awaits you”