LIONS: Against the odds, the roar goes on

So the Lions are back in New Zealand… …and tomorrow marks the opening match of the tour: the one time every four years I’m happy to get up early on a Saturday morning. But as Sam Warburton received the traditional Maori greeting at Auckland airport earlier this week, a thought occurred: how lucky we are…

AVIVA PREMIERSHIP: 2013-2014 Review

With the Aviva Premiership Final taking place this weekend, Shôn Douglas gives his end of year report on the 12 teams of the 2013/2014 season…   SARACENS – There are few superlatives left for Saracens. They end the season top of the league, in the final against Northampton, with a Heineken Cup runners-up medal after…

Flood Alert: The search for a Tigers ten

Ahead of their Heineken pool-topping showdown with Ulster on Saturday, Shôn Douglas takes a look at Leicester Tigers’ fly-half conundrum:   As vast swathes of the country struggle to cope with the deluge that has caused widespread flooding and disruption, Leicester has been struck by its own Flood warning in the shape of Club Captain…

Dylan’s a dunce but Lions look Best

An old secondary school teacher of mine had a saying that he was fond of using – “Everything happens for a reason”.  I’ve never been so sure about this particular statement, mainly because it sounds too much to me like ‘fate’ and I’ve always disliked the idea that we are helpless to change or alter…