SIX NATIONS 2015: The Super Saturday Conundrum

27 tries.  221 points.  3 superb matches.  1 remarkable day. It was a joy to behold, but the climax to the 2015 Six Nations Championship has left us with more questions than answers.  Are Ireland now genuine contenders to lift the Rugby World Cup?  Can both England and Wales escape from the Pool of Death…

The Horrid Hemispherical Hoodoo

International Rugby + The Northern Hemisphere = failure.  Discuss. A touchy topic at the best of times, but one that falls on particularly sore ears this week following England’s step backwards against the All Blacks and the never-ending story that is Wales’ run of close defeats to Australia.  It’s not all doom and gloom though. …

STATE OF THE NATION: South Africa

In our new summer series, we’ll be taking a look at how each of the major rugby nations are shaping up with just over a year to go before Rugby World Cup 2015.  This week, Hugh Podmore analyses the health of two-time winners South Africa…   The Springboks trounced Scotland last weekend to round off…

SUMMER TOURS 2014: Second weekend predictions

Apologies that there isn’t a fuller piece here this week on, oh I don’t know, England’s courageous showing in Auckland last Saturday or the Welsh attempt to notch up a win against the Springboks for the first time since 1999.  It’s been a busy seven days, what with new European Cup draws, the WRU’s looming…