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…

SUPER RUGBY: A dummies guide to the semi-finals

Dear reader, If you’re anything like us here at Red Rugby Towers™, you’ll now be pining for a return to rugby action having had a ridiculous four weeks without the stuff (since the end of the summer internationals).  You may have even reached the stage where you’re scrabbling around your telly-box channels, desperately seeking a…

The road to the Rugby World Cup begins here

As regular readers of this blog will be aware, I view this year’s Autumn Internationals (which begin on Saturday) as vitally important for the northern hemisphere nations.  There’s less than two years to go before the Rugby World Cup arrives on English shores and history tells us that to win a World Cup you must…

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…