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New Zealand vs British Lions 2017

Excitement Mounts for the Dead Rubber Strange old business the Lions. The bizarre idea that gelling together four nations (or three – good work Warren) of fierce rivals who spend much of the season smashing each other up for club and country, will supposedly prove a tougher test than merely facing the best single XV of these countries, who would have at least played with each other occasionally. Questioning the quality of international sport, and its absence of cohesion relative to the club game, is not limited to rugby. But at least in for example, the football World Cup, all the teams face the same problem. Not so here – you spend a few weeks together, and before you know... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017
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2017 in Sport

4 to Watch 29th April Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight world title fight, Wembley Stadium With Tyson Fury away with the fairies (although make sure you don’t make any reference to fairies to his face,) Anthony Joshua has his turn at running rings around Wladimir Klitschko. A packed Wembley, a young buck against an ageing old goat – there can surely only be one outcome. Ladbrokes will give you 4/9 on Joshua, although there are bigger prices elsewhere. mochilas kanken mini June 2017 Sailing – Americas Cup In a summer bereft of an Olympics or a major football tournament, it could well be sailing that grips the nation. Asics Aoldes Celebrity boatman (if that is a word)... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
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Premiership Preview (& Rugby!) – 10 February 2017

4 to Watch Sunderland vs Southampton The Saints are a wildly inconsistent bunch these days, which goes a long way to explaining their mid-table place in the Prem, but their fantastic run to Wembley in the League Cup. The final of which is now only a couple of weeks away, and players’ minds will surely be focused on that. Adidas Gazelle Heren Sunderland on the other hand are flying following their banging of Palace last time out, and at 13/5 at Ladbrokes, are our bet of the weekend. Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur For those who missed our piece earlier (WHERE WERE YOU!!!), we fancy a 0-0 here, which Ladbrokes will offer you a nice 15/2 on. Bournemouth vs Manchester City... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
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Six Nations 2017

Now with Added Bonus Points Despite their form under Eddie Jones (13 wins in a row – one short of equalling the national record), and the propensity for England to be too short in pretty much every sporting event, we think the bookies may have undersold England a tad this time. billige Nike sko norge Of course the trips to Dublin and Cardiff explain exactly why this is, although Wales are as long as 10/1 in some turf-accountants and they host both England and Ireland. billig nike air max air max pas cher The answers may be simple – injuries to key English personnel, and more importantly, fear of the Irish. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren rood Their stunning 40-29... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
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England vs Australia – the Showdown

Michael Cheika vs Eddie Jones Where once rugby coaches simply sat high up in the stands, chins slumped on arms, looking pissed quite frankly, it has all changed. As football has set the trend with mega managers, forever working on new touchline routines (although interestingly not at international level as much,) international rugby has followed suit. Eddie Jones and Michael Cheika won’t just be sat in the stands, cameras watching their every move, earpieces connecting them to the bench, a screen full of data in front of them. No sir! They have also been front and centre to the build-up of this week’s England – Australia international, playing mind games in the press conferences, and generally grabbing the headlines away... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016
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European Champions Cup 2017

Saracens not expected to Brexit It would be folly to back against the Sarries, especially given this tournament has been retained three times in the four years prior to their triumph last season. New Balance Heren They are the favourites and with good reason, free from any weaknesses, currently leading the way domestically even without Owen Farrell. Nike Air Max 2016 Schoenen The XV they dispatched in the final last season, Racing 92, have of course been in the news for the wrong reasons recently, and given the extraordinary nature of the allegations, nobody can possibly know how it will affect them. Scarpe Nike Store Their domestic form has been poor too, losing half their matches including a tanking from... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2016
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England v Wales – March 2016

Jones to Find it’s the Welsh at Home With Ireland rebuilding after the loss of some giants, and France being a little bit French, England vs Wales will surely be the 6 Nations decider (an England win could even see them go and clinch a grand Slam.) And with the match at Twickenham, many would suspect England should fancy their chances. And yet and yet and yet. It wasn’t just at the World Cup when Wales upset the middle-class apple cart, but also once before in the previous two meetings. And that will all play on the mind of the English. This entire week’s build up will be about Chris Robshaw, that decision to kick, and that dreadful screw-up of... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
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6 Nations Championship 2016

Keeping up with the Jones The arrival of Eddie Jones has at least convinced the bookmakers, with England clear favourites for this year’s title. Only the cocksure Aussie would fancy England at the sort of prices being quoted, and that is why we have to look at the Welsh. Warren Gatland’s side were the only Home Nation not to disgrace themselves at the World Cup, and that was with a side knackered with injuries. Betfair offer 3.8, and given the Welsh have not only won the title, but also the Grand Slam in the last two post-World Cup editions. What of the Irish – back-to-back champions, but nobody seems to fancy them for an historic three-in-a-row. With Paul O’Connell no... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
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Rugby World Cup Final 2015

Face2Face Richie McCaw against David Pocock A tournament that has lasted for weeks, and pits two mighty rugby union nations against t’other, ultimately boils down to two players. The breakdown in union is vital – it is the one real chance for a turnover, especially as lineouts and scrums these professional days tend to go to plan. And that is why McCaw and Pocock are such valuable players – the two best players in the best two back rows in the business go head to head on Saturday afternoon. Whoever comes out on top, is likely to be lifting the World Cup two hours later. Whilst we all knew about McCaw heading into the tournament, it has been Pocock who... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015
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Flashback: Rugby World Cup Final 1995 – South Africa vs New Zealand

It is unlikely there will be too many films made about the effect the 2015 Rugby World Cup had on England as a nation, not unless there is a sudden late spurt of severe rioting as a consequence of our shambolic performance. Yet the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup was the balm that healed the rainbow nation, that ironically given that title, made colour all but insignificant in South Africa. Mandela in his green jersey, Francois Pienaar lifting the trophy and the black Chester Williams starring on the wing. The reality as ever, is somewhat different from the movie. According to the New Zealanders, a lady called Suzy had poisoned the All Blacks water supply. Even during the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
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