After all the hurdles, anxiety and setbacks it’s finally here as the Springboks and the Lions open their accounts in Cape Town!

It’s hard to believe but a tour, that so many doubted would ever happen in the first place, serves up its first course as South Africa and the British Irish Lions at long last get down to business in Cape Town. It’s time to put aside all the debates as to whether or not theContinue reading “After all the hurdles, anxiety and setbacks it’s finally here as the Springboks and the Lions open their accounts in Cape Town!”

Erasmus and Nienaber appear reluctant to change the status quo, but include some exciting new prospects to face the Lions

With Director of South African Rugby Rassie Erasmus and new Springbok Coach Jacques Nienaber naming their sqaud to face the Lions next month there were relatively few surprises. It’s a side that is, for all intents and purposes, a mirror image of the one that won South Africa the World Cup under Erasmus’ tutelage almostContinue reading “Erasmus and Nienaber appear reluctant to change the status quo, but include some exciting new prospects to face the Lions”

The Lions Roar – Gatland picks his squad for the tour to South Africa

After much speculation, second guessing and will it won’t it musings, we are now so much closer to an event that despite all the pandemic controversy we are all eagerly awaiting. Lions Coach Warren Gatland has finally lifted the veil on his selections, and much to our surprise it’s a 37 man squad that, barContinue reading “The Lions Roar – Gatland picks his squad for the tour to South Africa”

So what did the recently concluded Rugby Championship (aka Tri Nations this year) tell us about its competitors after one of the strangest years in terms of Test Rugby?

Let’s be honest in general 2020 is a year that most of us can’t wait to assign to the scrap heap of history. Our beloved sport was put on hold for several months and when it did return it was forced to play out in empty stadiums in the Northern Hemisphere. On that note ourContinue reading “So what did the recently concluded Rugby Championship (aka Tri Nations this year) tell us about its competitors after one of the strangest years in terms of Test Rugby?”

It may be the Rugby Championship in name, but for all intents and purposes this year it marks the start of International Rugby’s build up to the World Cup!

The start of the Rugby Championship this weekend, the annual dust up between the Southern Hemisphere’s big four, marks the official start to the warm up process for the World Cup in Japan which kicks off in just over two months time from now. The competition as it always is in a World Cup year, is abbreviatedContinue reading “It may be the Rugby Championship in name, but for all intents and purposes this year it marks the start of International Rugby’s build up to the World Cup!”

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”

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!”

With the November Test window just around the corner – some talking points for the big four from the Southern Hemisphere

With the Rugby Championship done and dusted, there is plenty to talk about in relation to Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as they head North of the Equator in one of the most keenly anticipated November Test windows in years. This year’s Rugby Championship was one of the best we can remember forContinue reading “With the November Test window just around the corner – some talking points for the big four from the Southern Hemisphere”

In the last Round of this year’s Rugby Championship it’s do or die for Australia; high stakes for Argentina and South Africa and a score to settle for New Zealand!

The stakes are for high this final weekend of the Rugby Championship, with Australia staring down the barrel of an unprecedented finish at the bottom of the table as the key talking point. On the flip side of the coin Argentina are looking to seal their best ever Championship with a third win as theyContinue reading “In the last Round of this year’s Rugby Championship it’s do or die for Australia; high stakes for Argentina and South Africa and a score to settle for New Zealand!”

After a thrilling Round 4 the Rugby Championship has finally got everyone talking as we head into two fascinating final rounds!

What a round that was and best of all, we were proved utterly wrong in a lot of our assumptions when it came to South Africa! Argentina rewarded our belief in them and we really hope that they can finish their best Championship ever in style for the final two rounds. However, our biggest shoutContinue reading “After a thrilling Round 4 the Rugby Championship has finally got everyone talking as we head into two fascinating final rounds!”