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?”

Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup sees England and Ireland renew their acquaintance and Wales desperately hope that Georgia may give them something to cheer about!

The Autumn Nations Cup is now fully underway, but even though it was meant to skirt around the complications caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is affected nonetheless. Fiji’s participation in the tournament looks increasingly unlikely as the virus ravages through the Islanders’ squad, with their first two matches against France and Italy beingContinue reading “Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup sees England and Ireland renew their acquaintance and Wales desperately hope that Georgia may give them something to cheer about!”

The first round of the new Autumn Nations Cup sees Ireland and Wales once more getting to grips with each other!

Perhaps the best news we’ve had all week is the fact that here in Canada we will be able to watch the whole tournament directly through DAZN, instead of having to test our Internet skills. It promises to be an entertaining and intriguing competition, and is the first regular run of Test rugby the participatingContinue reading “The first round of the new Autumn Nations Cup sees Ireland and Wales once more getting to grips with each other!”

Can Japan make history and are Wales on track to make their own?

While it may be hard to top events on Saturday, these two quarter-finals will provide plenty of drama, and certainly in the case of Japan an expectant host nation will watch to see if their heroes can make this tournament one where dreams really do come true. The form books may be even less kindContinue reading “Can Japan make history and are Wales on track to make their own?”

A quick look ahead to an intriguing weekend of Pool matches as Round 2 of the World Cup picks up pace in Japan

With all the rugby going on at the moment, we have to confess to finding it hard to keep a handle on all of it and a balance with work and family. As a result it’s a slightly abbreviated look at some of this weekend’s action. After a bumper crop of top notch matches inContinue reading “A quick look ahead to an intriguing weekend of Pool matches as Round 2 of the World Cup picks up pace in Japan”

In the last weekend before everyone heads to Japan, Ireland play host to Wales and seek some answers as the clock starts to tick

It’s actually a fairly busy weekend in Test Rugby terms, as there are a plethora of “friendlies” taking place in both Hemispheres. Sadly it will be quite a challenge for us to get easy access to any of them here in Canada, the only exception to that being the Canada/USA game in Vancouver on Saturday.Continue reading “In the last weekend before everyone heads to Japan, Ireland play host to Wales and seek some answers as the clock starts to tick”

After the horror show that was Twickenham, Ireland make their way to Cardiff desperate to find some semblance of order and shape!

If you’re were an English supporter last weekend, you would have been dancing in the aisles, but for Irish supporters, players and management alike it will be a day they will want to forget as soon as possible. That was an impressive English performance that put a hapless Irish side to the sword at TwickenhamContinue reading “After the horror show that was Twickenham, Ireland make their way to Cardiff desperate to find some semblance of order and shape!”

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”

In the last of this weekend’s World Cup warmups England take an experimental approach while Wales for the most part go with a tried and trusted formula

It may be a World Cup warmup match, but an encounter between Wales and England is always something special and an occasion to be savoured. This weekend is no exception, as these two great rivals meet at Twickenham and with it all the atmosphere that such matches bring. For Wales the goal will be toContinue reading “In the last of this weekend’s World Cup warmups England take an experimental approach while Wales for the most part go with a tried and trusted formula”