WORLD CUP REFEREES: Meet the men in the middle

They’re the men rugby fans love to hate and some, like our very own John Aussie, take particular pleasure in ripping into them from the sidelines (which is why he’s not been allowed to write this piece).  But who are the men charged with refereeing matches at this year’s Rugby World Cup?  Red Rugby gives…

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…

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…

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…