THE VIEW FROM DOWN UNDER: Why International sides are just clubs on a global scale

Our Aussie correspondent watched the Six Nations.  He evidently didn’t like it.  Why?  Well as it turns out he’s got a problem with how ‘international’ our internationals have become… So Ireland have won the Six Nations.  Well done to them.  At least it wasn’t another gloating Welsh win or (even worse) a greater gloating English…

England’s year?

It could have been all so different. Had England held out for those last few minutes against France in Round One of this year’s Six Nations, Stuart Lancaster’s men would have been looking forward to back-to-back home games against old adversaries Ireland and Wales before finishing with a flourish in Rome.  The words ‘Grand Slam’…

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…