1. Heineken Cup: Ireland Needs More from Leinster the Magnificent

    The men from Dublin will attempt to join multiple winners Toulouse, Munster, London Wasps and the Leicester Tigers as the latest side to not only confirm their dominance of European rugby, but also, to create a peerless dynasty...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 3 years ago 352 reads 0 comments

  2. 2010/2011 Heineken Cup SemiFinal Preview: Leinster Vs. Toulouse

    With due respect to the other semifinal, the clash between the reigning and four-time champions Toulouse, and the winners in 2009 Leinster, represents the match between two of the current powerhouses of the European stage...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 3 years ago 224 reads 1 comments

  3. 2010/2011 Heineken Cup Semi-Final Preview: Northampton V Perpignan

    The Northampton Saints, winners of the Heineken Cup in 2000, will meet the only team left in the 2010/2011 tournament not to have claimed Europe's most prestigous domestic title...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 3 years ago 217 reads 0 comments

  4. New Zealand Rugby: Are the Hurricanes Done After a Shocking Loss to the Rebels?

    You know that something is amiss when a team wears an away strip of grey—hardly the most inspiring of tones—despite the obvious fact that the home side wears dark blue, and the travelers would normally don yellow...

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  5. Early Preview: 2011 Six Nations

    The international season is officially over for test nations, yet in two months the cream of Europe will assemble to contest the 12th Six Nations, and the 119th edition of the championship that has seen previous guises of the Home and Five Nations...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 4 years ago 281 reads 2 comments

  6. France Will Do All Blacks a Massive Favour for 2011 Rugby World Cup

    In less than a month we will enter a new calendar year, where one of the most exciting rugby seasons in history awaits us. And a critical time of judgement will arrive for the All Blacks...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 4 years ago 568 reads 0 comments

  7. Rugby Union's Bledisloe Opener to Be Game Played in Heaven

    Many of us remember one of the greatest games of rugby ever played: When the Wallabies hosted the All Blacks at the then Stadium Australia, and lost when Jonah Lomu crashed over in ...

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  8. Rugby: New Zealand-Wales Preview

    When the two proud sides descend on Carisbrook, the visitors, who have a illustrious history as one of the more decorated rugby nations, will try to arrest a record against a team that has earned the title as Wales’ ultimate bete noire...

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  9. Rugby Preview: Australia vs. England, Second Test

    The wonder of a second test match is that the hosting Australians and visiting English know exactly what to expect from each other. Paradoxically, the losing team from Perth may actually have the edge...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 4 years ago 447 reads 1 comments

  10. New Zealand-Ireland Preview: All Blacks Look To Continue Irish Domination

    The 2010 test season begins for the All Blacks hosting an Irish team that will be keen to stamp their authority in a year where they have seen all symbols of their status stripped from them in the space of a few months...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 4 years ago 374 reads 1 comments

  11. Rugby Test Preview: South Africa vs. France

    After a largely experimental Springboks downed a Welsh side that continues to frustrate their supporters, the World and Tri Nations champions host a French team that has the arsenal ...

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  12. 2010 Super 14 Season Review: Blues

    It was a case of so close yet so far for the Blues, who finished the year in seventh position and took some high-profile scalps yet fell to opponents which realistically a team of such attacking calibre should have easily accounted for...

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  13. 2010 Super 14 Season Review: Chiefs

    The most difficult post mortem that will come out of the Chiefs season is that many, including the team itself, would have expected the Waikato-based franchise to build on their maiden final appearance last year and again threaten for the title...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 4 years ago 89 reads 0 comments

  14. 2010 Super 14 Season Review: Hurricanes

    What is the missing ingredient for the Hurricanes? Since 2003, they have reached five semi-finals, yet despite showing constant glimpses of their potential, have never really looked ...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 4 years ago 111 reads 0 comments

  15. 2009/10 Heineken Cup Preview: Biarritz vs. Munster

    The only team in the final four not to have won a Heineken Cup will welcome a Munster side that could well lay claim to being the prominent specialist in European competition...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 4 years ago 212 reads 0 comments

  16. 2009/10 Heineken Cup Preview: Toulouse vs. Leinster

    The penultimate round of the Heineken Cup gets underway with the reigning champions travelling to face the most decorated team in the history of Europe in what will be a mouth watering clash...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about over 4 years ago 239 reads 1 comments

  17. What England's Rugby Side Can Learn From France's Artistic Experiment

    No doubt French coach Marc Lievremont would have very much liked to raise a sarcastic eyebrow towards those who doubted his grand plan, as he toasts a Les Bleus Grand Slam...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about almost 5 years ago 95 reads 0 comments

  18. Italy Slowly Growing As They Eye Another Big Foe

    While the Azzurri may have ended the Six Nations in fifth place, the third time in a row they have been positioned in the cellar, the Italians can reflect on a solid campaign...

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  19. Ireland's Biggest Challenge Will Be the All Black

    It is still too early to tell if the Irish will be able to successfully defend their Six Nations title. Two things are certain: there will be no Grand Slam, and they will need to rely on Italy ...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about almost 5 years ago 353 reads 0 comments

  20. For the Wallabies, This Year Is Decisive for the World Cup

    In 2010, there will be usual interest in various tours, who wins the Six Nations and Tri Nations, and whether potentially the All Blacks and Springboks can achieve a touring Grand Slam...

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  21. Sonny Bill and Mark Gasnier To Push for World Cup Berths?

    It seems that two of the highest profile Australasian rugby league converts are set to return to their home countries, to make pushes for their respective national’s teams in time to represent ...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about almost 5 years ago 339 reads 2 comments

  22. The Irish Debate: Ronan O'Gara vs. Jonathan Sexton

    Declan Kidney has named Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton to take on England in Ireland’s visit to Twickenham this weekend...

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  23. 2010 Six Nations Match Analysis: Wales

    Just over two years ago, Wales came to Twickenham to kick off their Six Nations campaign and overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to win in London for the first time in 20 years.  They would famously go on to record their second Grand Slam in four years..

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  24. 2010 Six Nations Match Analysis: England

    England has commenced their Six Nations campaign with a 30-17 win over Wales.  It was their first victory over the Red Dragons since 2007, and while it was far from pretty, there was enough ...

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  25. Was the Barbarians Loss That Bad?

    The litany of headlines read like an epitaph, or a coroner’s report that wouldn’t be out of place in a morgue.  Many believe that the All Blacks tour ended on a bad note, but even allowing ...

    James Mortimer Written by James Mortimer about 5 years ago 147 reads 3 comments