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…

SUPER RUGBY FINAL: Head-to-Head Preview

Forget the bouts taking place in the Commonwealth Games boxing ring, the real heavyweight contest this weekend takes place at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.  It’s the 2014 Super Rugby Final between the Waratahs and Crusaders…and it promises to be a cracker.  This week, Red Rugby analyses the head-to-head contests (from 1 to 15) that will ultimately…

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…

The brand new Old Rivalry

If you had asked me before last Friday whether the Six Nations title would still be up for grabs come the Wales v England match in Cardiff, I would have said “Of course not”!  It went without saying that the English would put enough points on the board against Italy to ensure that the idea…

O Captain! My Captain!

First things first, it was another intriguing (if at times unspectacular) weekend of Six Nations rugby.  Wales produced, what’s being called, a ‘clinical’ performance to beat the Italians in Rome.  Another description would be a ‘dull as dishwater’ performance, but then the weather was pretty atrocious and winning away is never easy.  That said, I couldn’t…