An Irish Player Review

Last year I presented myself with the unhappy task of conducting a post-mortem into Ireland’s under-achieving campaign of 2013. Twelve months on and it is … Continued


Escape To Victory

  The old Parisian rugby stadium at Colombes was the venue for the famous war film, ‘Escape To Victory’. Well, on Saturday past, the new … Continued


The Six Nations of 2014

Well the annual shindig between the European neighbours is over for another year. Thank God, says the Italians [and the Scots]. The Irish will have … Continued


Erratic Jonny Sexton

Ireland’s flying fly half Jonny Sexton continues to fascinate me (in a non-sexual way, I must quickly add.) The Oirish maestro signed out of his … Continued


A Crisis For Scotland?

Yes Scotland did win in Italy (an oasis of pleasure in a desert of despair) and yes they ran France heartbreakingly close and yes they … Continued


Ireland’s Parisian Triumphs

Becoming increasingly and frustratingly rare, Ireland’s victories in Paris are worth noting, as a means of inspiring our imminent expedition to the big capital on … Continued


Ireland-Italy: Oirish Review

IRELAND 46 Italy 7; at Lansdowne Road; Saturday the 8th of March 2014 Last year in Italy was earmarked as Brian O’Driscoll’s final international, but … Continued


England Make Progress

After the spectacular near-misses of 2011 and 2013 when England fell at the final hurdle of their grand slam attempts, many of us have not … Continued


England versus Wales

I guess that it is just a time-honoured tradition to speculate about the forthcoming event, but I do get irritated by a desperate desire on the … Continued


Scotland Unlucky?

I take the view that when a team like Scotland play two back-to-back nail-biters, then the law of averages would suggest that one such encounter will … Continued


A Dozen Draws

In my semi-humble opinion, the essence of a good blog should be to provide an item that is not covered elsewhere on cyberspace, so with … Continued


Young And Old

I contributed the following gem of trivia to a rugby site a year ago, but permit me to reproduce it here and amuse a wider … Continued