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
Zebre kicked off their Champions Cup campaign against Wasps the past weekend in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The Champions Cup is a competition in which the best clubs in Europe get to compete against each other for the ultimate prize in northern hemisphere club rugby. Yet it includes a team that has struggled to compete … Continue reading What’s Being Achieved?
"Nobody wants poor refereeing decisions due to lack of evidence, nor do they want constant stoppages."
Rave reviews regarding northern hemisphere rugby poured in after the last Saturday of the six nations championship this year. Wales ran in try after try, followed by Ireland and England alike. It seemed the days of boring kick-and-maul rugby were ending. The final day of the Rabo league proved to be much of the same. … Continue reading We’re Catching Up
A lot has been written in the papers lately about Leinster's end of season campaign to finish on a high. It seems that players are all singing off the same hymn sheet, that a strong end to the season will put them in a good place for next year. In one way it's true; it's … Continue reading Not the Leinster We’ve Come to Know
A fear that has always resonated with players is that moving abroad would remove them from international contention. They feared that the coach would not see them play, would not travel to their games, or would simply choose to trust who they saw play week in week out at home. But, for a lot of … Continue reading Let the Boys Play
A lot had been said in the build up to this year's newly formatted Champions Cup final. People stated their dislike of the fact Toulon were not only in the final, but going for three-in-a-row. An understandable thought. I, too, feel they are ruining the European competition by simply buying the trophy. Gone are the … Continue reading The Final I Wanted to See