Six Nations

Owen Farrell
Edward Munro-Martin - Apr 28, 2022

With two ankle injuries, Owen Farrell has been making his way back from four months out of the game. In his absence, Saracens have been winning but inconsistent while on the international stage England finished third on the Six Nations table. An improvement on last year but their attack offered little and the team struggled […]

Exciting names for Red Roses’ fans in upcoming TikTok Six Nations 2022
Edward Munro-Martin - Mar 21, 2022

It is time to get excited for the women’s TikTok Six Nations 2022. Beginning Simon Middleton has named the 40-woman training squad for the tournament and fresh from an unbeaten Autumn series England will be looking to claim their 18th title. Here are some of the exciting names to look out for in the Red […]

England's rugby team's back stands together during a training session in London, England
Charlie Inglefield - Mar 16, 2022

In the 35 years or so that this reporter has been watching England’s rugby team at Twickenham, many have not heard the kind of atmosphere that was on show last Saturday. England was ‘chaotically magnificent’ in refusing to buckle to Ireland – having been reduced to 14 men. It forced England’s rugby team to dig […]

Grand Slam dream continues for 2022 Les Bleus Six Nations squad

It’s just a little more than 18 months until the Rugby World Cup, and the immediate goal for French rugby is right on track. The 2022 Les Bleus Six Nations squad’s Grand Slam dream continues. No dream now is one honest assessment. It seems like the right combination of development and good planning. Yes, they […]

Principality Stadium
Alastair Telfer - Mar 11, 2022

Friday night under the Principality lights. As deafening Six Nations atmospheres go there is no better setting in world rugby. On Friday night France will arrive full of confidence to the Principality Stadium two wins away from a Grand Slam. This stadium, however, creates special memories. Here is a look back at some of the most […]

Ireland then France to determine England rugby team's 2023 prospects
Charlie Inglefield - Mar 10, 2022

Eddie Jones and the England rugby team goes into two hugely important games over the next two weekends. Ireland are up first, crucially for England at ‘fortress Twickenham’. England then finishes their tournament in the cauldron of Paris against a resurgent French team. After the first three rounds, many have no idea where England’s rugby […]

England's Ollie Chessum acknowledges the crowd in Rome, Italy
Elliott Butlin - Mar 3, 2022

The recent announcement that both Doncaster and Ealing have had their applications to join the Premiership rejected was met by howls of anguish on Social Media.  It’s very rare to see agreement on Twitter on anything, let alone rugby, but this decision was one that united fans. The vast majority of responses to the news […]

Italy red card: Hame Faiva was shown a red card in the Guiness Six Nations match
Edward Munro-Martin - Mar 2, 2022

The Italy red card happened last Saturday against Ireland. Looking at just the scoreline, it was a game to forget for the Italians. However, looking deeper into the game, there was some controversy, especially regarding Italy’s red card. Law on the Italy red card needs a change but not far off FULL TIME! We score […]

Urgent search on for England new centre
Jethro Broughton - Mar 2, 2022

England may have ‘scraped their way to victory’ over Wales on Saturday, but little was done to instill confidence in this team. Positional analysis might be searching for improvement and/or change, including areas like the candidates for an England new centre Though some individuals stood out, the overall performance was rather underwhelming for a number […]

England get job done but, set-piece a concern; England v Wales
Charlie Inglefield - Feb 27, 2022

England v Wales rarely disappoints and despite mistakes from both sides Saturday’s encounter went right to the wire. The England v Wales clash encapsulates why the Six Nations is the premier rugby competition on the planet. 17-0 early in the second half and cruising England looked set to bolster their points difference to challenge France. […]

Wales player Dan Biggar looks on against Scotland
Thomas Booth - Feb 22, 2022

Wales will face England at Twickenham on Saturday, February 26. And one of the participants is Wales rugby outside-half Dan Biggar who may well play a big hand in the outcome. This is a match that will go a long way in determining how both country’s Six Nations’ campaigns are perceived. With Dan Biggar the […]

Big Performance from England
Dan Cullinane - Feb 21, 2022

England to perform in front of a packed Twickenham It’s been two long years since England have performed in front of a packed house at Twickenham. As matches go, they don’t come much grander than England against Wales. It will be a big occasion, and we can expect a big performance from England. After two […]

2022 Ireland Rugby 6 Nations campaign still on task

After a single loss, the 2022 Ireland Rugby 6 Nations campaign is still on task. In fact, all the pressure is now squarely on Les Bleus. That is how any team leading the Guinness Six Nations Championship has others chasing it. France are at the top of the table, although the space down to England […]

James Ryan's decision
Alastair Telfer - Feb 16, 2022

Andy Farrell has strongly backed James Ryan’s decision to kick for the posts late in the second half, following their 30-24 loss to France in Paris. At 27-21, and with nine minutes left on the clock, James Ryan’s decision was to kick for the posts (which was successfully landed by Joey Carbery) rather than to […]

2022 Six Nations
Charlie Inglefield - Feb 11, 2022

Eddie Jones has copped a fair bit of criticism this week after a frustrating loss to Scotland last weekend. Eight changes to the line-up against the Italians on Sunday would suggest a radical shake-up. However, Charlie Inglefield thinks he has made the right selection choice here. England have to score points to have any remote […]

England's Marcus Smith during the Rugby Summer Series match against Canada at Twickenham Stadium
Edward Munro-Martin - Feb 9, 2022

Italy v England preview – Both sides are coming off a loss, the players will be eager to do whatever they can to be on the other end of the scoreline come Sunday teatime. Here we look at the areas of the match that will be crucial to making that happen. Key matchup of Italy […]

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Connor Dickins - Apr 28, 2022

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Spanish Rugby RWC self-immolation
Edward Anderson - Apr 28, 2022

In what feels like a lifetime ago, LWOS began to feature Rugby Europe Qualification coverage. Team’s right across Europe had high hopes, and Spanish Rugby RWC hopes were high – that was until what can be described as self-immolation that has all but spoiled those ambitions. It cannot be overstated just how important qualifying for […]

NRL converts: Australia looking to boost chances of home RWC success
Edward Munro-Martin - Apr 28, 2022

Australia has been awarded the 2027 men’s Rugby World Cup and the women’s tournament two years later. This has kickstarted talk about whether Rugby Australia will look to a few NRL converts to boost their chances? In the past, NRL converts have had mixed success. For every Sonny Bill Williams, there is a Sam Burgess. […]

Edward Munro-Martin - Apr 28, 2022

Each new squad announced by a head coach brings joy to some corners of the country, and some misery for others. This squad is no different. The latest England men’s rugby squad is out, and supremo Eddie Jones has made some big decisions. There are recalls for discarded stars and first-time call-ups for young talent […]

South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus on November 5, 2021

The Rassie Erasmus waterboy role was addressed by World Rugby with a change in the wording of the relevant law. Head Coaches and Directors of Rugby are now both not permitted to fulfill this role. Rassie Erasmus’s waterboy role was torpedoed by World Rugby Erasmus is very much a Marmite character. You either love him […]