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And now the end is near...

All attentions are drawing towards the imminent Lions Tour at the moment, but we must not forget that there is still the small matter of finalising “King of the Castle” in the Aviva Premiership for 2017.

It has been a varied season for many teams this year and the expected dominance of Saracens has...

KINGS OF EUROPE

Talk to most Premiership players and they will tell you winning in Europe matters. Really matters. As obvious as it is to say there is no doubt it is a step up from the league and some of the games we have seen this season have illustrated this perfectly with test match intensity.

The Challenge Cup...

The Grand Finale

Well perhaps not the “Grand Finale” but I always look upon this weekend as the culmination of the blood sweat and tears that have gone into the campaign over the season. There is obviously the business end of a semi-final and a final to be played, but there is nothing like the feeling of being the t...

The Fight For Top 6

There will be lots of very nervous fans and players this week as by Sunday evening we may well have a clearer idea of who is in line for all the season’s prizes – home semi finals, top 4 and Champions cup places.

Leicester Tigers, who spent most of the season looking a very poor version of themselv...

The pride has been selected

So Mr Gatland has selected us a set of Lions, and what controversy it has caused! I was very interested watching the storm of emotion stirred up on social media as the lions were announced on Wednesday, and the never-ending stream of internet memes and tongue in cheek videos that followed the announ...

ALL TO PLAY FOR

ALL TO PLAY FOR

It is at this tense time of the year fans across the Premiership are calculator in hand crunching the numbers to make top 4, top 6 or avoid relegation.  At the moment 5 teams are contesting the top four places to see who can get to Twickenham for the show piece final and below that ...

Boks, clocks and a change of socks

With a handful of games left to play in the premiership and the clock ticking, it is interesting to see some of the moving and shaking that is going on in the clubs this close to season end. What with Johan Ackerman being welcomed in to Castle Grim (and it is living up to that name for more than a c...

Who will be exiting Europe this weekend?

And so we now get to the tasty bit of any tournament.  This weekend   we are being treated to knock out rugby in the shape of the European Champion and Challenge Cup quarter finals.

The big boys tournament, the Champions Cup, features two English clubs alongside two Irish one Scottish and three Fre...

Dublin their efforts

Well unfortunately it would appear that my Crystal ball was predominantly on song last weekend, and Ireland turned up in Dublin ready to spoil the party for England. Let’s be honest though, it was a deserved win for the boys in green and I don’t think for a second that it is going to make any differ...

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...