Posted at 9:40pm on Thursday, June 11th, 2009 by Andy
Dean Ryan leaves Gloucester. Given 7 years of big budgets, big name players and no silverware (not forgetting the countless drubbings in crunch games) it’s no surprise. I guess the utter embarrassment at the hands of the Blues at the end of last season was the final nail.
The only question is… can Redpath do better?
Posted at 2:03pm on Monday, December 1st, 2008 by Andy
To be below Wales is unfortunate. To be below Argentina is downright careless.
The fact that no Northern Hemisphere teams are in Rugby’s top 4 comes as no surprise after the spankings we’ve all received in the last few weeks, I suppose. Still, the fact that a team deemed not good enough to take part in the Tri-nations (Argentina) is above us all is properly depressing.
And choosing the seedings of the World Cup 3 years in advance, when Northern Hemisphere rugby is in such a state… Well, I could complain, but I can’t help feeling that these rankings are likely to stay around for a while. Only Wales looks like they might be hard done by by the current rankings. Which makes the Six Nations look like a foregone conclusion too… Heigh ho, at least we’ve got the
cricket football snooker darts.
Posted at 8:59pm on Sunday, October 12th, 2008 by Andy
James Forrester, Gloucester and England, has been forced to retire due to the injury sustained last year. Both his club and his country will miss him, he was a genuine match changer. Harsh; very harsh.
Posted at 4:40pm on Friday, January 4th, 2008 by Andy
Posted at 10:43pm on Sunday, November 4th, 2007 by Andy
Why oh why oh why do they always manage to pull it out of the bag? Wasps do it again.
Posted at 11:19pm on Monday, October 15th, 2007 by Andy
In the last 5 meetings (over the last 3 years) we’ve only beaten South Africa once. It was at Twickenham and it was only just (by 2 points, 23-21). Our total points difference is 116 against in those 5 matches.
We started the tournament 279-1 outsiders. We’re still 3-1 against as compared to the Springboks 2-1 on. But:
We’ve got Johnny
Posted at 6:45pm on Saturday, October 13th, 2007 by Andy
Posted at 10:07pm on Saturday, October 6th, 2007 by Andy
What a day. I can’t say much, being one of the many people who consigned Northern Hemisphere rugby to certain failure this World Cup. But oh my God, I’ve never been happier to be so so wrong. France beat the All Blacks and England beat Australia in two thrilling matches. Suddenly the World Cup has come alive.
Posted at 10:07pm on Sunday, September 16th, 2007 by Andy
So. England get humiliated by the South Africans 36-0 and a reasonable amount of blame is placed at the door of ex-League superstar, Andy Farrell. The question is asked (yet again) can players change code and continue their careers at the same level?
At the same time, rather overshadowed by the farce of the World Cup, the Guinness Premiership kicked off this weekend, and another code switcher made rather a different debut. Start, as they say, as you mean to go on.
(I’m glad my South African colleague doesn’t care so much for sport. Any other South African I’ve met would be making my life hell all week after both the rugby and the cricket)
Posted at 1:00pm on Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 by Andy
It was obvious that we had no chance of defending our title, but today’s news pretty much puts the icing on the cake.
Given our appalling showing I had pinned my hopes on the French and the Irish as the two Northern hemisphere teams with some chance, but… Even that seems painfully distant now. Australia v New Zealand in the final, with New Zealand to win. But then we knew that months ago, didn’t we?
Two world cups this year in my two favourite sports… Somehow I should be more excited.