England won the Rugby Six Nations Championship without losing a game after they beat France 31-21 in Paris. Continue reading “England secure Grand Slam”
Hosts England crashed out of their own World Cup after a 33-13 loss to Australia. England had lost to fierce rivals Wales 28-25 a week earlier, so needed to win against the Wallabies to keep up their chances of progressing from the ‘group of death’, pool A. Continue reading “RWC: England out as Australia and Wales progress”
Ireland beat England to keep up their chances of a Grand Slam, Wales kept themselves in the title race and Italy won the wooden spoon match. Continue reading “Six Nations round up”
Wales claimed a historic win against South Africa to end their hoodoo against big Southern Hemisphere sides.
The men in red won 12-6 against the Springboks in a fierce victory. Leigh Halfpenny scored four penalties to help them to the win.
The match was squared at 3-3 at half-time, and it reached 6-6 before Halfpenny kicked two more penalties to reach 12-6.
Wales defended that score line fiercely for 25 minutes before the final whistle went and the Millennium Stadium erupted in happiness.
The qualifying groups for European Championships in 2016 in France have taken place and, with the number of teams being raised to 24, all Home Nations could have a chance of qualifying.
It is a first-ever international tournament for British territory of Gibraltar, who were recognised as a footballing nation by UEFA last year.
Here are the groups, and my predictions of the final rankings coming 2016: Continue reading “Euro 2016: The qualifying groups and my predictions”
England couldn’t repeat their amazing win last year against New Zealand on their third weekend of Autumn Internationals.
Despite taking the lead once, it lasted only two minutes, England were beaten by the best team in rugby 22-30.
Wales had better luck. Mike Phillips starred as they thrashed Argentina. Phillips, George North, Toby Faletau and Ken Owens scored tries in a 40-6 victory.
Ireland lost to Australia. The Wallabies were always in the lead and eventually won 15-32.
Wales manager Chris Coleman has signed a contract extension making him in charge for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Coleman, 43, had been linked to the vacant Crystal Palace manager role.
His job was under speculation after a disappointing World Cup campaign. Wales finished fifth in their group, winning only 3 of their 10 games.
He may have to find new background staff though, as former assistant John Hartson recently resigned.