On the one hand, the past weekend's international fixtures were thrilling to watch for the most part (hey, didn't you used to be the Springboks?). On the other hand, while the games were entertaining, the results were generally within the realm of predictability. Let's have a look at the major results: Instead of oranges, New … Continue reading What’d We Learn This Weekend – The Pre- and Mid-Game Diet Edition
Journey with me on an obscenely early trip through the draw for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. For now, while we'll look at each Pool, we're going to basically ignore the remaining qualifying spots (Europe 1, Playoff Winner, Africa 1, Repechage Winner, Americas 2), as the teams filling those spots probably won't figure into … Continue reading Way Too Early Look at RWC 2019 Pools
This past weekend may rate as the quietest on the rugby calendar, what with no Premiership, no European comps, and the November Internationals still a few days away. But hey, those Barbarian All Blacks were fun to watch, right? Indeed. The Kiwi-laded version of the BaaBaas playing at Twickenham Saturday put on the most entertaining … Continue reading What’d We Learn This Weekend – The Abyss Edition
If the Earth is off its axis a bit today, blame the Wallabies. Over the Weekend, the Aussies accomplished the impossible (at least for them), beating the All Blacks. Yes, the match was in Australia. Yes, the All Blacks were missing Beauden Barrett (who really seems to matter to them a lot). Nevertheless, the Aussies … Continue reading What’d We Learn This Weekend – The Hell Hath Frozen Over Edition
The All Blacks are again tops in the Rugby Championship after defeating the Pumas 36-10 in Argentina on Saturday. While the margin seems hefty enough (especially for those of you that laid the 23 or so with your sportsbook), some are criticizing the All Blacks for their seeming inability to string together two consecutive equally … Continue reading What’d We Learn This Weekend? The Half-Assed Edition
All Blacks Break out the Steamroller - For weeks, if not months, many have speculated that the All Blacks were coming back to the rest of the pack in World Rugby. They were all wrong. The machine that is the All Blacks stampeded all over the Springboks on Saturday in New Zealand, to the tune of … Continue reading What’d We Learn This Weekend? The Back in Black Edition
The Rugby Championship will be broadcast in the US on ESPN3, as it was last year. The first game on the streaming platform will be New Zealand v. Australia at 3am PST on Saturday morning, followed by Argentina and South Africa at 8am. Alas, despite my repeated pleas, no indicated as of yet that ESPN3 … Continue reading Rugby Championship on US TV; Other Rugby Notes
After five months of rugby action, four teams that deserve to compete for the championship trophy, and four teams that SANZAAR is contractually obligated to put into the Super Rugby playoffs, will take the pitch and determine, once and for all (or until next February), which Southern Hemisphere club stands supreme. Here's a hint - … Continue reading Super Rugby Playoff Preview!
The Lions series in New Zealand ends not with a bang, but a whimper. Years of anticipation and weeks of regional preliminaries culminated in a largely referee-induced draw at Eden Park last weekend, ending not only the game, but the series, in a flat-footed tie. So as we marinate in the dual let-down that was … Continue reading What Should You Have Learned From The Lions Series?