Australian Hurdle Is Overcome Too

A very makeshift Ireland back division saw off a determined Australian comeback on Saturday evening, ensuring an unprecedented hat trick of southern hemisphere scalps in … Continued


All Blacks’ Revenge

The ‘underdogs’, according to their coach Steve Hansen, prevailed on Saturday past in a peculiar but compelling encounter. Ireland battered the mighty All Blacks like … Continued


Congratulations Connacht!

Well, well, well, who would have believed it possible? Little old Connacht have deservedly become the champions of Ireland/Scotland/Wales after comprehensively dismantling mighty Leinster on … Continued


April Fools Day

In the long history of the Five Nations and Six Nations rugby tournaments, only five fixtures took place on the first of April. So who, … Continued


St Patrick’s Day

Ireland have actually played only a handful of matches on March the seventeenth, even though the Five Nations/Six Nations has traditionally been held in the … Continued


Italy Trounced

For the previous three outings, the reigning European champions of Ireland had struggled both to put sufficient points on the scoreboard and principally to score … Continued


St David’s Day

  Tomorrow is Saint David’s Day, so it is worth looking back briefly at the very few occasions when Wales have been required to do … Continued


France Snatch Victory

  For the second week in succession Jonny Sexton kicked three penalties and for the second consecutive match, Ireland led at the interval but again … Continued


Valentine’s Day Massacres?

VALENTINES DAY MASSACRES? Italy entertain England this weekend on the fourteenth of February. For a competition that is played every February, it is remarkable that … Continued


Glass Half……..?

(above: Conor Murray’s touchdown)   Neither Ireland nor Wales were overjoyed at having to settle for a solitary point, but in truth neither team quite … Continued


Deluded England, Part Two

Greetings pop pickers, would you Adam and Eve it, but England, surprise surprise, have been installed as favourites to win the forthcoming Six Nations tournament? … Continued


Encouragement For The Underdogs

  This forthcoming weekend, four European teams will do battle avec four southern hemisphere opponents. With the exception of the Argentina-Ireland skirmish, the other three … Continued


Deluded England

  The angel in Revelations chapter eighteen, verse two triumphantly proclaims that “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!” After sharing in the worldwide rejoicing at England’s … Continued


Arrogant England

  Nothing has ever quite summed up the arrogance of England rugby, England in team sport, and the English media more than the absurd decision … Continued


Axe Falls On Trimble

D’Arcy Misses Out Too               Somebody was inevitably going to be cast aside like the proverbial jilted bride, and … Continued


Trying Times?

AVERAGE TRIES PER MATCH AT THE SIX NATIONS, 2000-2015 Is the Six Nations tournament becoming more exciting, in terms of the number of tries scored, … Continued


Wales’s Whitewashes

  Such has been the Welsh rugby success story at the Five Nations and Six Nations rugby tournaments that whitewashes are unsurprisingly few and far … Continued


England Expects! How Tiresome.

    England Rugby Football Union’s Chief Executive Ian Ritchie got a bit cross with England’s recent near-miss in the Six Nations tournament. Understandably, Mr … Continued