Death By A Thousand Cuts

  Ireland’s loss to Wales yesterday was eerily reminiscent of their defeat to England in the last round of the 2012 Six Nations; the conditions were atrocious, Ireland didn’t manage them well (while their opponents did) and everything they tried to do was hindered by slow ruck ball. The difference between the two matches is … Continue reading Death By A Thousand Cuts

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The Lion’s Den

  In the long run, the outcome of this weekend's fixture between Wales and Ireland isn't the be-all and end-all for either team; with the World Cup on the horizon, there are bigger challenges ahead for both sides, but a win could be crucial for the victor. If Wales come away with a Grand Slam, … Continue reading The Lion’s Den

Lazarus

  Before praising Ireland for their convincing win over France yesterday, the scoreline must be put into context. England put nearly 50 points on the same opposition four weeks ago, and although Ireland had enough chances to do the same, they didn’t convert several of them, and it will be a point of contention with … Continue reading Lazarus

Blue Demons

  The merry-go-round nature of the French national side's coaching appointments and players selections over the last 10 years has left them in a terrible state. In every one of their games in this Championship thus far, France's players have performed as if they have never met before, and as bad as their results might … Continue reading Blue Demons