What’s gone wrong with the Wallabies?

We start this week with a fact: there are two sporting spectacles that, without doubt, are guaranteed to make a British summer.  The first is a home winner of Wimbledon (check) and the second is a good ol’ thrashing of the Aussies in any sporting discipline (check again following a dominant win in the Ashes…

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…

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…

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…