Six Nations

England’s men's team
Edward Munro-Martin - Oct 20, 2022

England has announced their training squad for the upcoming autumn internationals. It is less than a year out from the World Cup and players are running out of time to show Eddie Jones that they deserve to be in the squad going to France. There are six potential debutants for England’s men’s team this Autumn. […]

Welsh Rugby Unease: Wales' Head Coach Wayne Pivac on March 19, 2022
Thomas Booth - Mar 23, 2022

Have you ever woken up after a big party wishing you hadn’t drunk so much? You wander bleary-eyed down the stairs. There’s a stale smell of smoke emanating from the cigarette butts in a discarded tumbler on the coffee table. To compound that, the aroma of smoke is intermingling with that of sweat. You have […]

Eddie Jones' future
Charlie Inglefield - Mar 22, 2022

Congratulations to France for winning their first Six Nations and Grand Slam in 12 years. They thoroughly deserve the plaudits that come their way and will be the team to beat at the 2023 Rugby World Cup. They did not need to be at their best against England to achieve it. As for England, another […]

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 […]

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France's flanker Charles Ollivon celebrates win on November 12, 2022
Connor Dickins - Feb 16, 2022

Are ‘rugby values’ truly superior to those of other sports? Not according to Rugby analyst Robbie Owen (or Squidge Rugby, as preferably known). According to Owen, rugby often pats itself on the back for actions that “other sports can do without needing a round of applause”. Some fans may not like it, but he is […]

England's 'finishers' provide blueprint to beat the Springboks
Charlie Inglefield - Feb 16, 2022

Sir Clive Woodward is not a fan of the expression ‘Finishers’. His understandable argument is that all players should be capable of playing 80 minutes. But with all due respect to Sir Clive, England’s finishers nearly pulled off a remarkable victory over the All Blacks on Saturday. Messrs. Dave Ribbans, Mako Vunipola, Will Stuart, Freddie […]

Suspensions to Antoine DuPont/Pieter-Steph du Toit for red cards

With suspensions announced for star players Antoine DuPont and Pieter-Steph du Toit, it comes at the wrong time for World Rugby. The last fully contested weekend of the Autumn Nations Series was bereft of two superstars that are both former recipients of World Rugby men’s Player of the Year. It is bad timing, especially for […]

Russell and Townsend
Thomas Booth - Feb 16, 2022

Russell and Townsend, “Strange bedfellows?” At the time of writing this, Finn Russell is tearing it up at Murrayfield against Argentina. Admittedly, Los Pumas are depleted in numbers due to ill-discipline. Having said that, the players (Russell included) can only play against what they are presented with on the day. Darcy's at the double 🤩 […]

England can beat the All Blacks with a bit of unpredictability
Charlie Inglefield - Feb 16, 2022

England put on a much-improved performance against Japan after their limp display over the Pumas. An error-ridden Japan were poor, allowing England to rediscover their confidence ahead of this Saturday’s huge clash where they intend to beat the All Blacks. New Zealand, by contrast, was taken all the way by a brave Scottish team before […]

France Wins Bronze Medal over Rugby Canada in Auckland, New Zealand

This Saturday on the last day of the World Cup, France wins bronze medal at Eden Park. This was France’s third-straight bronze medal, and while disappointing not to appear in the Cup final, they completed a confidence-boosting win. Rugby Canada finished in fourth place [for the fourth time] and must look closely at this result. […]

RWC2023 headquarters staff under investigation by French authorities

Staff at the French Rugby RWC2023 headquarters are under investigation by authorities, with news that the France 2023 Ethics Committee was continuing its inquiry into the operation. Reuters stated that ‘Claude Atcher, the chief executive officer of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France [organization], has been sacked after a report by the French Labour […]

USA Eagles/Portugal RWC Playoff qualification match

After two rounds of RWC playoff qualification matches completed, two out of the four sides in this knockout tournament remain; the USA Eagles and Portugal. And one last game is scheduled for  Friday, November 18. Qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup (RWC) is limited to 24 sides, and just one place remains in Pool […]