La Rochelle live the European dream

La Rochelle is steeped in history, whether back to the days of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 12th century or indeed to the presence of the Huguenots in the 17th. A thriving but small Maritime port was never supposed to carry off the Blue Riband trophy in club rugby, although try telling that to Toulon!

2021 Rugby Season revisited(1) – Back to the future

Happy New Year! When the Pandemic hit the world in 2020 and impacted the sporting landscape as well as our whole way of life, I observed that it was a chance for rugby to reset and go back to the future, ie embrace some traditional values and I believe I was right.

A Saracens Double

When two of the top three teams in the Premiership meet in the City’s Capital, its going to be tasty and so it was last weekend at the London Olympic Stadium.  Saracens the Champions took on the fast improving Harlequins for Arnold Hills – Heroes and it was an intense, quality occasion.

SWC & Saracens At London Stadium

We are delighted to be supplying Schalk Burger & Sons wines for the Arnold Hills – Heroes Saracens v Harlequins match at London Stadium on 23 March.  You can view the full menu here: The Arnold Hills – Tulip Club A4 landscape folded – Saracens.

Scottish Rugby In Bloom For The 6 Nations?

It may have appeared that Round 6 of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup was confirming known truths about Irish dominance and the resurgence of Toulouse as well as a brooding Saracens who look very tough and menacing at full strength.

Rugby Greens And Gold Paint A Picture Of Progress

Summer tours have sometimes appeared to be tiresome and meaningless. But not one year before a World Cup. We have in fact learnt a lot about aspiring hopes and that the All Blacks do not have the field to themselves.

Club Watch – England

Standards everywhere are steaming higher – even with the globe trotting Barbarians. They operated at a pace which stunned some top England players over the weekend and leaves you worrying for their individual ability to cope with more of the same in Japan next year.