Triple helpings for a Rugby Super Saturday
The dysfunctional nature of our underperforming club game in England was never more obvious than at the weekend as two of the country’s best players in their position could not appear for the top of table clash between Sale and Saracens.
Chalk and Cheese in thrilling Six Nations weekend
We can safely say that the Rugby World Cup will be epic. Enough teams have worked out that high intensity attacking rugby will be the only way to win. Some sides are fine-tuning their approach and we saw that this weekend. One or two others are yet to start…
Dark Clouds in Cardiff overshadow Six Nations onfield dramas
There have been some truly great moments in the Six Nations to date but sadly overshadowed by the off-field mismanagement we have known for a while would come to hurt the game.
Brave New World for English Rugby
Unusually, the RFU got on the front foot to kick of the New Year with the Nigel Redman interview.
OFF FIELD TRAUMA IN RUGBY OVERSHADOWS AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL EXCITEMENT
There is a surreal atmosphere within rugby right now as excitement builds into the Autumn Internationals and the Women’s World cup reaches its climax with a dream final of England versus the Black Ferns, but off the field it is utter turmoil.
European Rugby Scales The Heights
I feel compelled to reflect on last weekend’s European action simply because the quality of what was on offer reached a new record in my view and also there were some conclusions reached I feel are premature. I know I am biased but the adage of the European Cup being like International rugby played in club jerseys was never truer.
England’s Rugby Realities (2)
Just as we are all ruminating on the right structures to give England rugby success, some fascinating takes have appeared in the press on the England coaching job by Rob Baxter and then Mark McCall.
England’s Rugby Realities
I said it was complicated and in a whole generation of English rugby, only three groups have ever been really successful and all three had the same characteristics.
Six Nations – a (dis)passionate look back.
Rugby romance, drama and crass stupidity at the close in Cardiff was a stunning feature of an ultimately predictable Six Nations as France and Ireland were streets ahead of the rest. I am not one for shouting at the television, and hardly when Wales is playing Italy.
Frustration and Pride in equal measure as 6 Nations glory beckons Les Bleus
The 2022 Six Nations Championship lurched into its final weekend with no shortage of drama. I say that because there was immense frustration as well as variations on the level of discipline needed to succeed at this level.