STATE OF THE NATION: Scotland

The third part of our ‘State of the Nation’ series (where we assess the top ten international sides ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015) looks at Scotland.  They may have ‘won’ the wooden spoon in this year’s Six Nations, but are there reasons to be cheerful for supporters north of Hadrian’s Wall?   Scottish success…

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. …

SUMMER TOURS 2014: Third weekend predictions

Chin up northern hemisphere.  It’s not all doom and gloom.  Yes, its the last full round of summer internationals this weekend (Scotland face a daunting trip to South Africa next week) and, yes, the results so far have been underwhelming for the majority of Six Nations sides (as foreseen in a post a couple of…

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…