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Blog posts of '2011' 'October'

World Cup Final: Phil's Pre match Thoughts

A couple of kicks that missed by inches ended up being the difference.  Desperately sorry for Wales and hats off to them for the fantastic rugby they played and the guts and determination they showed.  They lit up the World Cup and I know talking to New Zealanders they made an awful lot of friends. ...

Semi Finals: Phil's World Cup 2011 Pre Match Thoughts

For me, I will be cheering Wales on against France and I just hope they keep that energy and passion they showed in the quarters.  Bit of a blow for them to lose their talented young fly half but with a British & Irish Lion on the bench who can step up, they can’t be too worried.  New Zealand will...

France v England Phil's post match thoughts


As a proud Englishman, I desperately wanted them to go further in this competition and it would have felt a little better if we had gone out with a bit of passion and fight. I know from experience no player ever goes out on the pitch wanting to give less than his best, but for some reason they loo...
England vs France: Phil's Pre match thoughts


This weekend is going to be an absolute cracker and I can't wait for kick off. Three out of the four quarter finals could genuinely go either way with only the New Zealand game easy to call.

England need to get up, get at them and create doubt to expose the French weaknesses. Martin Johnson’s tea...

England vs Scotland Phil's Post match thoughts


It was a titanic battle and the noise in the stadium was incredible - it reminded me a bit too much of
Murrayfield! In the second half you could see England had better possession and the try came from
lovely quick hands from replacement scrumhalf Wigglesworth who whipped the ball out and allowed