Some unfinished business gets taken care of in the Southern Hemisphere and England’s World Cup squad gets a test of their big game temperament in Cardiff

Yes we know, Scotland also travel to Toulon to get their World Cup preparations underway but we won’t be covering it as we are unable to watch it here in Canada (though we will be able to get the return fixture at Murrayfield next weekend and thus will cover that). However, there is plenty toContinue reading “Some unfinished business gets taken care of in the Southern Hemisphere and England’s World Cup squad gets a test of their big game temperament in Cardiff”

Canada looks for some redemption against Tonga in the Pacific Nations Cup and South Africa aim for their first Rugby Championship silverware in ten years!

Yes we know there are three other big games this weekend, but as we only have team sheets for the Canada/Tonga and Argentina/South Africa matches, our usual previews of Australia/New Zealand and the European World Cup warmups will have to wait till tomorrow. Canada finish up a difficult Pacific Nations Cup this weekend, and ifContinue reading “Canada looks for some redemption against Tonga in the Pacific Nations Cup and South Africa aim for their first Rugby Championship silverware in ten years!”

With a busy weekend of Test Rugby we look at the Rugby Championship and Canada’s first warmup for the World Cup against the USA

Test Rugby is now in full swing and will remain so till the beginning of November and the final whistle of the World Cup. As a result there is plenty of action to be had this weekend. The Rugby Championship and Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa’s unofficial warm up for Japan continues in itsContinue reading “With a busy weekend of Test Rugby we look at the Rugby Championship and Canada’s first warmup for the World Cup against the USA”

The Lineout’s Annual Southern Hemisphere Report Cards for 2018 – Part 4 – South Africa

As we do at the end of every year and with their seasons over till February, we look back at the highs and lows of the Southern Hemisphere season and hand out our verdicts on the big four Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. With less than nine months left before the biggest rugbyContinue reading “The Lineout’s Annual Southern Hemisphere Report Cards for 2018 – Part 4 – South Africa”

While it would be hard to top last Saturday’s action there is still one last weekend of Test Rugby this November that gives us plenty to look forward to!

Like we say the remarkable Test match in Dublin last weekend lived up to its billing and then some! While this weekend’s final round of the November Test window may not quite have the aura of that memorable occasion there is still much to capture our interest this coming Saturday. Scotland once again kick offContinue reading “While it would be hard to top last Saturday’s action there is still one last weekend of Test Rugby this November that gives us plenty to look forward to!”

It was an epic weekend of Test Rugby with the Dublin dustup rightly taking front and centre stage!

Now that we’ve finally had a chance to catch our breath after the thriller in Dublin, we can put pen to paper on a few things that stood out for us after a memorable weekend. There is no question that the showdown in Dublin between Ireland and New Zealand provided the most talking points, asContinue reading “It was an epic weekend of Test Rugby with the Dublin dustup rightly taking front and centre stage!”

The biggest Test of the year awaits us in Dublin, but there is still plenty of action to be had in Edinburgh and Lille this weekend!

There is no doubt that this weekend’s fixture in Dublin is one of the most anticipated Tests of the year, and one which will tell us a lot about how close the number two side Ireland is to the world’s best New Zealand. Ireland know that should they lose, there can be no excuses andContinue reading “The biggest Test of the year awaits us in Dublin, but there is still plenty of action to be had in Edinburgh and Lille this weekend!”

An absolutely brilliant weekend of Test Rugby leaves us with plenty to mull over!

It’s not often that four Test matches over a November weekend live up to their billing. However, this weekend produced two titanic struggles and two matches, which although not the prettiest to watch at times, still provided some extraordinary moments. Our two highlights of the weekend were without a doubt the Twickenham and Paris thrillers.Continue reading “An absolutely brilliant weekend of Test Rugby leaves us with plenty to mull over!”

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!”

The Lineout’s five pointer from the opening weekend of the November Internationals

Yes we know it’s not the “official” window until this Saturday, but there is no denying that this weekend, and the England/South Africa match in particular, gave us plenty to think about as we chewed over our Sunday post action brunch this morning, as well as a few heated debates. So much so we feltContinue reading “The Lineout’s five pointer from the opening weekend of the November Internationals”