THE VIEW FROM DOWN UNDER: Why International sides are just clubs on a global scale

Our Aussie correspondent watched the Six Nations.  He evidently didn’t like it.  Why?  Well as it turns out he’s got a problem with how ‘international’ our internationals have become… So Ireland have won the Six Nations.  Well done to them.  At least it wasn’t another gloating Welsh win or (even worse) a greater gloating English…

A Lion-sized let off…but you have to feel for Beale

Saturday 22nd June 2013.  I arrived at The Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park, at 10am on the dot.  The place was already packed as white, green, navy blue and (predominantly) red shirted rugby folk scrummed-down for the last of the remaining chairs, tables, benches or lintels that would act as their seat for the next three…

Will ‘Gatland-style’ be a hit Down Under?

Three games played on Australian soil.  Three wins.  Three new Lions Down Under due to injury.  Three tests eagerly awaited. There’s definitely been a pattern for triplicates, triads and troikas in the first full week of the Lions Tour.  It’s a theme that’s probably not lost on Warren Gatland who, as we know, is a…

A Lion-sized waste of time? That’s Hong Kong Phooey!

And so it’s finally here!  The 2013 British and Irish Lions Tour has officially begun following a resounding 59-8 triumph against the Barbarians on Saturday.  We’ve waited four long years since the Lions lost that heartbreakingly close series against South Africa in 2009, but if Saturday’s performance is anything to go by, the next month…