How the 2018 Six Nations was won

Everyone likes a spoiler nowadays don’t they. It seems in our world of instant communication that the need to ‘skip to the end’ has become a perceived virtue. So it is with the Six Nations with broadcasters and fans alike looking five matchdays ahead to a perceived winner takes all game at Twickenham (on St…

Six Nations: It’s France’s to lose isn’t it?

A quick glance through the history books of the Six Nations Championship (which doesn’t take long as we’re about to start the fifteenth edition only) and you’ll notice that France have won every tournament that has immediately followed a Lions tour (2002, 2006 and 2010).  On two of those occasions they achieved the Grand Slam. …

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…

Would the real Wales please stand up

What a difference a win makes.  Last week, following an eighth consecutive loss (and a record fifth straight defeat in Cardiff) the latest generation of the Men in Red were staring down the barrel of a gun labelled ‘mediocrity’.  Fast forward to Saturday evening and, in recording their first win in Paris since 2005, Wales…