Champions Cup: En Route to Perfection 

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often".  This phrase encapsulates a mantra all teams live by. Just like Tiger Woods changing his swing when he was World Number 1, a team at their peak must change their game in order to stay on top.  The Heineken Cup ended three seasons … Continue reading Champions Cup: En Route to Perfection 


The Fall and Challenges of Les Bleus

On the 23rd October, 2011, a little over 61,000 people travelled to Eden Park to watch the world cup final between France and the hosts, New Zealand. France's tournament had been marred by rumours that Marc Lièvremont had lost the dressing room. The year previous, Lièvremont coached France to a grand slam in the 2010 … Continue reading The Fall and Challenges of Les Bleus

How Will He Go Out?

Any speculation regarding where O'Connell's future lay was put to bed yesterday when he officially penned a two-year-deal with the French giants Toulon. Rumours, started by Medi Olympique, were circulating that the second row may only be signed after the world cup as an injury joker. But rumours are rumours and they were wrong. O'Connell … Continue reading How Will He Go Out?