SIX NATIONS 2015: Predictions – Wales v England

Not long to go now.  We’re mere hours away from that annual ding-dong between two old rugby adversaries: Wales v England.  Much of the talk so far has been around English injuries, roof spats and the possible eccentricities of the French referee.  It’s pretty much all been said.  So how on earth can Red Rugby…

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’…

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. …

He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!

Thank God for Warren Gatland.  Just when we had written off last week as a snore-fest devoid of any international action, up pops the self-proclaimed ‘Messiah’ of Welsh rugby with some puzzling comments about the danger of picking too many English players for the forthcoming British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.  Those comments were…

It’s that time of year again

Christmas can get stuffed.  The most exciting time of the year is the week leading up to the start of the Six Nations.  It’s a heady mix of excitement and trepidation as we ponder what the Rugby Gods have in store for us over the next month and a half.  If you’re anything like me,…