Heineken Semi-Finals: Superstar sell-outs or damp squibs?

There was an interesting article in The Guardian this week, by rugby correspondent Paul Rees, entitled ‘Heineken Cup torn between a rock and an empty place for semi-final crowds’.  In summary, it talked about the frustration among European clubs (Aviva Premiership ones in particular) in staging semi-finals at national stadia which, given the very quick…

Coaching Calamity or Cunning Plan?

On Tuesday, the 2013 pride of Lions lost a little bit of their bite.  Before the tour began, Captain Sam Warburton had declared his intention for the squad to win every match they played.  A brave and bold call it may have been, but it was an aim that seemed increasingly plausible with every convincing…