Internationals

England vs Samoa, Steps in the Right Direction?

While Clive Woodward complained, that with the game won and twenty minutes to go, England needed to see this as a preparation for Australia and be ruthless in finishing off Samoa, he discredited both Samoa, the conditions and the fact that England had won the game by 60 minutes. All credit must go to Samoa, they kept the game close …

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Could This Be The England Team to Win the World Cup?

After a disappointing few weeks, maybe it’s time for England to re-evaluate their team and look at a side more like this; 15.Mike Brown Ok so Brown may not have had the greatest of seasons so far but it’s all too easy to forget the fact that he was England’s best player during last seasons Autumn Internationals and Six Nations. …

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9 Reasons Ireland Must Be Considered Serious Contenders for the World Cup

After an Autumn to remember we take a look at why Ireland must now be considered serious contenders for next years World Cup; 1.They’ve now beaten all but the best in the world Beating the Wallabies is no mean feat, however their recent victory over the Springboks must be considered a serious achievement. There aren’t many sides who can toppled …

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IRFU to Bill the Wallabies for €8,000

The IRFU is considering whether or not to bill the Australian Rugby Union for damage done to one of the dressing rooms at the Aviva Stadium in the wake of last Saturday’s test match. Damage estimated at “a few thousand euro” was inflicted on doors and fittings in the dressing room used by the Wallabies in their 26-23 defeat to …

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Can Stuart Lancaster Handle the Pressure for the First Time in His Career?

England may have beaten a Samoa side 28-9 on the weekend, securing their first victory of the autumn internationals and their first test win since March but their victory was not a convincing one. Whether or not this series is seen as a failure will depend on how Lancaster’s men fair against a struggling Australian side. For the first time …

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Rolling Mauls: What Is Going On?

As much as Nick Mallet said Poite did well (and what Mallet says, generally goes), I do think the way he judged the mauls gave Ireland an unfair advantage in stopping the rolling maul from the line out. Walsh’s judgement of the mauls against England the next week was also a bit contradicting at times. It has become a bone …

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9 Things the All Blacks Will Have Learnt from Their European Tour

After completing a whitewash during their European tour, here are 9 things the All Blacks will have learnt ahead of the World Cup next year; 1.The number 10 jersey is still up for grabs Despite Cruden, Carter, Slade and Barrett being given meaningful opportunities in recent months none of them have so far managed to nail down the starting 10 …

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France Spit Their Dummies Out…Again!

France are set to appeal to World Rugby to never be refereed by Irishman George Clancy again according to French paper Midi Olympique. Les Bleus are believed to be furious with the Irishman after losing to Argentina over the weekend. France have accused him of ignoring his assistant Steve Walsh and failing to product a yellow card despite a series …

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