THE VIEW FROM DOWN UNDER: It’s all in the Name

In a new series of columns, our angry antipodean John Aussie surveys the often mad world of rugby and vents his fury.  This week – who names these teams anyway?   Australian Rugby like Welsh Rugby is pretty poor, and before all you Welsh start jumping up and down saying we won the Six Nations…

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…

A Lion-sized waste of time? That’s Hong Kong Phooey!

And so it’s finally here!  The 2013 British and Irish Lions Tour has officially begun following a resounding 59-8 triumph against the Barbarians on Saturday.  We’ve waited four long years since the Lions lost that heartbreakingly close series against South Africa in 2009, but if Saturday’s performance is anything to go by, the next month…