STATE OF THE NATION: Ireland

It’s ‘State of the Nation’ time again and in this post we take a look at Ireland.  After back-to-back Six Nations titles, they were favourites to reach at least the last four…but have they peaked too soon?   The tale of Ireland’s history in the Rugby World Cup is one of underachievement. It’s one of…

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. …

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’…