In a series decider France face their ultimate test of depth against an equally hungry Australia

In perhaps one of the shortest summer tours in history, which sees 3 full blooded Test matches played in the space of a mere 11 days, you’d have to argue that of the two sides France has it all to prove. Let’s put aside the references to it being a second or even third stringContinue reading “In a series decider France face their ultimate test of depth against an equally hungry Australia”

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?”

Amidst controversy and pain the Tri-Nations comes to an unfortunate end with both Argentina and Australia needing to make a statement both on and off the pitch!

Argentina’s spectacular entry into the tournament this year, with that famous victory over the All Blacks has sadly been overshadowed by the yawning pitfalls of social media traps as well as having that said high point being put into context by a 38-0 thrashing at the hands of New Zealand two weeks later. This isContinue reading “Amidst controversy and pain the Tri-Nations comes to an unfortunate end with both Argentina and Australia needing to make a statement both on and off the pitch!”

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!”

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!”

Round 4 of the Ruby Championship sees South Africa desperately trying to avoid another hiding at the hands of the All Blacks; while an optimistic Pumas side travels to Australia to take on a Wallaby side struggling to fire!

We learnt three things last weekend as Round 3 of the Championship wrapped up. Firstly, New Zealand are seemingly invincible whether or not they put out their first, second or third string teams. The Pumas are back with a vengeance and along with New Zealand are playing the most attractive and exciting rugby in theContinue reading “Round 4 of the Ruby Championship sees South Africa desperately trying to avoid another hiding at the hands of the All Blacks; while an optimistic Pumas side travels to Australia to take on a Wallaby side struggling to fire!”

Round 3 of the Rugby Championship sees New Zealand looking comfortable; Argentina seeming to peak at the right time and South Africa and Australia having more questions than answers!

The second round of the Rugby Championship dispelled any rumors of an Australian comeback, while the new-found optimism surrounding South Africa seemed to evaporate quickly. New Zealand as expected were clearly in a league of their own, with fly half Beauden Barrett producing a Man of the Match performance for the record books. However, theContinue reading “Round 3 of the Rugby Championship sees New Zealand looking comfortable; Argentina seeming to peak at the right time and South Africa and Australia having more questions than answers!”

Round 2 of the Rugby Championship poses some interesting questions for three of the teams, but there is little doubt that New Zealand’s status quo looks secure!

After Round 1 we still hold that this is going to be one of the most open Rugby Championships in years – between three teams that is! New Zealand may trip at the odd hurdle, and the possibility of one upset in Pretoria at the end of the tournament is not beyond the realm ofContinue reading “Round 2 of the Rugby Championship poses some interesting questions for three of the teams, but there is little doubt that New Zealand’s status quo looks secure!”