My earliest memories of rugby are sitting in the old Thomond Park. I wouldn't be in the stand; I'd be on the pitch with my back to the old cement wall that acted as a partition, tipping sherbet straws into my mouth while watching games. I remember my best friend's dad would bring us, and … Continue reading Rivalry and Respect
There is not much time left for both Racing 92 and Leinster to fine-tune their game plans before Saturday’s European final, and you would have to admit that everything seems to be pointing in the direction of a Leinster win. Losing Maxime Machenaud over a week ago is a devastating blow to the French outfit. … Continue reading Leinster-R92 Preview
By Greg Boon The knives are out and a host of people are lining up to tell you the wheels have come off England’s chariot. It’s a favourite saying for fans and pundits alike. In two games England have gone from world-beaters to write-offs, proof that you really are only as good as your last … Continue reading Is Eddie’s England Endangered?
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often”. People who say the scrum should be abolished clearly don’t appreciate the dark arts as much as they should, but there’s nothing worse than an exciting game being killed by reset scrum after reset scrum. I understand, sometimes it’s unavoidable (either due to … Continue reading Scrum Time
I tweeted yesterday about a young boy on the DART to the Aviva stadium. His conversation with his dad about the players was one-sided and excited, and when he saw the Aviva appear his face lit up. He was in complete awe. Getting off the train he continued his one-sided dialogue, talking a mile-a-minute of … Continue reading Ireland – Scotland
In six days time, one of the greatest rugby tournaments in the world will begin. Train, plane, boat, and bus journeys have been booked, jerseys ironed, hats and gloves dug out jacket pockets along with old ticket stubs. It's a competition that brings an element to the game that not many other competitions can. As … Continue reading Six Nations Weekends
Census Johnson is is a tighthead prop who has played international rugby with Samoa, and at club level with Taranaki, Biarritz, Saracens, Toulouse, and currently Racing 92. 1. You've played countless games with a number of different teams, be they international or club level. What's your all-time favourite rugby memory? My all time favourite memory … Continue reading On the Loose with Census Johnson