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The Grand Finale!

What a Six Nations campaign this has been! It has been a while since I have been genuinely ‘edge of the seat’ excited about watching Northern Hemisphere rugby, but the events of the last 12-18 months have genuinely sparked my enthusiasm for the game in this neck of the woods once more.

Naturally th...

Plots, Passion and Power

This coming weekend is brewing nicely with little sub plots all over the place. The only Friday evening game of this Six Nations sees Ireland with the Championship trophy in their sights face a fragile Wales team who have points galore to prove. Should Ireland lose they could be handing England the ...

Laws, Lessons and Lions

That was a pretty interesting match on Sunday at Twickenham. If you have somehow managed to miss the wall to wall coverage of the now infamous ‘ruckgate’ - it was simply Italy exploiting a loop hole in the law to frustrate England. You could argue it worked but ultimately of course it did not except...

Explosive weekend ahead...

So back to the fray of the 6N this weekend, and I reckon that we could be in for a barnstorming affair! With the fixture of England Vs Italy set to one side, there are some very tasty games afoot.

After the last outings, the Scots are going to be seeking retribution for their narrow loss against Fr...

SWEET CHARIOT ROLLS ON

So often games get hyped up by the media as the clash of the century and they turn out to be about as exciting as watching Dulux do its job.  Not the Wales v England game though.  My goodness it had everything.  As tight, confrontational and intense 80 minutes as you will ever get in a rugby match i...

Triumph and Tragedy

Last week was a very mixed bag so far as rugby and life goes, the tragic news that Joost van der Westhuizen was taken from the rugby fraternity by MND was a desperately saddening event for many rugby fans around the world. Joost, as many know was the first of the “new breed” of number 9’s and made a...

And so it begins…

It always seems like a long wait for the Six Nations to get underway, and thanks to the stunning form that England are bringing to the table at the moment, it seems longer than ever!

This is shaping up to be a very exciting Six Nations for England Rugby, with 14 wins on the bounce under their belt,...

If Carlsberg did Rugby Tournaments…

The comedian Spike Milligan, who was a huge rugby fan, apparently commented as  he neared the end of his long life that it was looking forward to what was then the Five Nations that kept him going for another  year!

Not sure I would go as far but there is something about this historic competition w...

The Final Countdown

I just love these final pool weekends in European rugby.  Even for a neutral there is so much drama and intense competition to enjoy.  If you remember last year there was a quite staggering result for French Top14 royalty Clermont who failed to realise all they needed was a losing bonus and managed ...

Back to Europe, back to business

Back to Europe this weekend as we get down to the business end of proceedings in the pool stages of the Champions Cup competition.

If we cast our minds back (way back) to the last round, it was a mixed bag for the UK teams on their last outings with Northampton taking an absolute mauling at the han...

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