Cruel Summer: why it may be a June to forget for northern hemisphere nations

So after last Saturday and the drama of the northern hemisphere ‘finals’ weekend (where Messieurs O’Driscoll and Wilkinson signed off with wins, and the Northampton Saints won their first ever title in the final minute of extra-time) you’d be forgiven for thinking that rugby this side of the equator would put its proverbial feet up…

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…

A referee’s purpose? That’s entertainment.

So, the much-debated Heineken Cup has started then and I have to say the opening two rounds were top-drawer.  Several excellent matches, some close encounters and a welcome increase in competition across the board.  All in all, it was a thoroughly entertaining couple of weekends: entertaining but bittersweet. The very idea that this tournament could…