STATE OF THE NATION: New Zealand

Our ‘State of the Nation’ series is drawing to a close.  In this edition, we look at current World Champions New Zealand and ask ‘Is there any chance they won’t win it again’?   The biggest question of this World Cup is ‘Will anyone beat the All Blacks’?  No matter which way you look at…

STATE OF THE NATION: Ireland

It’s ‘State of the Nation’ time again and in this post we take a look at Ireland.  After back-to-back Six Nations titles, they were favourites to reach at least the last four…but have they peaked too soon?   The tale of Ireland’s history in the Rugby World Cup is one of underachievement. It’s one of…

STATE OF THE NATION: Australia

Next up in our ‘State of the Nation’ series is Australia.  They’re a team back on the up following the lows of 2013.  They’re also current holders of the Rugby Championship trophy.  So they’re sure not to exit at the pool stages…aren’t they?   In September 2013, Red Rugby published an article titled ‘What’s gone…

STATE OF THE NATION: France

Our ‘State of the Nation’ series takes a look at all the main contenders ahead of this year’s Rugby World Cup.  Attentions this time turn to France – the perennial ‘hot and cold’ outfit.  But with their World Cup pedigree, write them off at your peril.   Take a look at this Rugby World Cup…