Women’s Rugby World Cup Reflections

I think it is fair to say that the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup has being fully embraced by Ireland; excellent crowds, superb atmosphere and all teams extremely complementary of the hospitality and tournament linguistics provided so far. The front runners have flexed their muscles, the hosts have struggled for form and continuity while the … More Women’s Rugby World Cup Reflections

Guinness Pro 14: Scottish Teams Preview

Before the announcement that the Guinness Pro 12 league would expand to fourteen teams, the most off the field news in the league came from Scotland where Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors announced new head coaches and several marquee player arrivals and departures to boot. Hawkeye Sidekick casts his eye on the goings on in Scotland … More Guinness Pro 14: Scottish Teams Preview

Guinness Pro 14 Preview: Italian Clubs

Benetton Rugby and Zebre arrive in the newly revamped Guinness Pro 14 format with questions a plenty on their competitiveness. For Zebre, a conscious decision to become a development team. For Benetton Treviso, the aim is to become more competitive and climb up the conference standings. Hawkeye Sidekick casts an eye on the off-season goings … More Guinness Pro 14 Preview: Italian Clubs

New Zealand / British & Irish Lions Test Series – Reflections

New Zealand rue missed try opportunities Two tries to zero in the last weekend but New Zealand will be kicking themselves how they did not add to that tally during the final test match. Ruck clear-out was on point particularly in the opening period and several try scoring opportunities were squandered. The intercept on eleven … More New Zealand / British & Irish Lions Test Series – Reflections

New Zealand and British & Lions Team Selection – Third Test

The final test match lineups are in for both New Zealand and the British & Irish Lions. Eden Park. Auckland. Winner take all. A fitting finale to the tour but will the decision of Lions head coach Warren Gatland to retain his starting fifteen from last week pay off. Hawkeye Sidekick reflects. Vunipola inclusion a … More New Zealand and British & Lions Team Selection – Third Test