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Is it yesterday once more? A review of English, Welsh & Irish Rugby Leave a comment Read more »

Is it yesterday once more? A review of English, Welsh & Irish Rugby

Are England the real deal? Are Wales serious about returning to a former playing style? Have the Irish improved or the Springboks declined? Rugby performance stats are drifting around like confetti at a wedding and there are lots of them. England Farrell scored 61 of…


The Future of England Rugby:What Would Eddie say? Leave a comment Read more »

The Future of England Rugby:What Would Eddie say?

Following England’s Six Nations win and their first Grand Slam since 2003 after beating France in Paris this past weekend, every man and his dog is offering up their opinion on the future of England rugby. I have been asked what I would do if…


Six Nations: Issues resolved….....maybe not? Leave a comment Read more »

Six Nations: Issues resolved……..maybe not?

For 40 minutes England had the southern Hemisphere scribes shuffling in their seats. Ford had a second touch in the first minute…wow! Brown was potent in attack, Itoje was everywhere, and England camped territorially. To win 25-21, be outscored 3-1 in tries however, stopped the…


Six Nations: It's Jones not Beckett, “Waiting for Manu” Leave a comment Read more »

Six Nations: It’s Jones not Beckett, “Waiting for Manu”

Is Manu Tualagi the answer to England’s performance and team play development? Billy Vunipolas bullocking runs close to the origin are tying in England’s 6 and 7. As a consequence, England have no back row support when they attack out wide. Manu’s ability to both…


Six Nations: Brutal rugby storm approaching on March 19th Leave a comment Read more »

Six Nations: Brutal rugby storm approaching on March 19th

I’ve always believed it hard to predict against the French, however I’m forecasting a brutal final 6 Nations game in Paris on March 19th when they entertain England. In a game poorly refereed by Jaco Peyper, France sent out a brutal warning to future opponents.…


Two 10’s doesn’t equal 12, but two 7s might work? Leave a comment Read more »

Two 10’s doesn’t equal 12, but two 7s might work?

England won against Scotland and that’s important in the 6 Nations, but what can we glean from Eddie’s first team performance?


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