AVIVA PREMIERSHIP: 2013-2014 Review

With the Aviva Premiership Final taking place this weekend, Shôn Douglas gives his end of year report on the 12 teams of the 2013/2014 season…   SARACENS – There are few superlatives left for Saracens. They end the season top of the league, in the final against Northampton, with a Heineken Cup runners-up medal after…

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…

Will ‘Gatland-style’ be a hit Down Under?

Three games played on Australian soil.  Three wins.  Three new Lions Down Under due to injury.  Three tests eagerly awaited. There’s definitely been a pattern for triplicates, triads and troikas in the first full week of the Lions Tour.  It’s a theme that’s probably not lost on Warren Gatland who, as we know, is a…

Welsh to get the Lions’ share

With the eagerly-awaited announcement of the 2013 British & Irish Lions squad taking place tomorrow, this week’s blog makes a valiant (but probably foolhardy) attempt to predict the 37 faces that will be displayed behind Warren Gatland’s Sontaran-like head (thanks to the souped-up Graphics Department of Sky Sports) come Tuesday 30th April.  The fixtures of…