Username Password
join FREE
everything rugby
ArchiveArchive
2009 (5)
November (3)
Hi
Purple Drain Purple Drain
Northampton's Clarke can fill England shoes
December (2)
Ireland robbed - again
Gouging - rugby's shame
2010 (19)
January (4)
ENGLAND UNDER 20 SQUAD ANNOUNCED FOR SIX NATIONS
ENGLAND EPS and SAXONS SQUADS ANNOUNCED
WHO WILL CAPTAIN ENGLAND?
SEVENS HEAVEN
February (3)
MISSING BILL AND FINDING PROPS
SUPER 14 PREVIEW - ROUND ONE
England unchanged starting XV for Ireland at Twickenham
April (3)
THE BEST RUGBY WEEKEND OF THE YEAR?
Jimmy Gopperth - Newcastle's saviour
ADVANCE AUSTRALIA - TO WORLD CUP GLORY?
May (1)
ENGLAND TOUR PARTY ANNOUNCED
June (1)
England Under 20s v Australia - RFU press release
July (1)
England Squads announced
August (2)
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP - ROUND ONE PREVIEW
England Women's team for World Cup semi-final v Australia
September (1)
England Rugby Sevens squad for Commonwealth Games
October (2)
Delhi Diary - by England Sevens captain Ben Gollings
Prop Idol - Andrew Sheridan
November (1)
All Blacks triumph at Twickenham - Rupert Bates
2011 (37)
January (4)
Wallabies legend George Smith and Toulon help Queensland flood victims
WILL THE REBELS YELL? by Rupert Bates in Melbourne
England Saxons to play Italy A
MARC LIEVREMONT - profiled by Rupert Bates
February (6)
THE RUGBY WEEKEND REVIEWED - by Rupert Bates
England unchanged for Italy at Twickenham
ENGLAND DEBUT FOR CORBISIERO
England U20 thrash Italy in Bath
GARETH DELVE - THE FIRST WELSHMAN IN SUPER RUGBY
FEELING SORRY (just a little) for CIPRIANI
March (3)
Old Deer Park fund-raiser for Queensland and Christchurch
BIG WIN FOR ENGLAND U20
SCHOOLS RUGBY FINALS
April (1)
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP RUGBY AWARDS - NOMINATIONS
May (3)
HEINEKEN CUP FINAL
England XV to play Barbarians
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP FINAL - TEAMS
June (6)
England Saxons win Churchill Cup
England into Junior World Championship semi-finals
England World Cup training squad announced
England U20 team for World Junior Championship semi-final
England through to World Junior Championship final
NEW ZEALAND WIN JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
July (2)
IRB Junior Player of the Year short-list
He has climbed highest mountains...
September (5)
JONNY WILKINSON TALKS EXCLUSIVELY TO EVERYTHING RUGBY
THE DAY GEORGIA NEARLY CAUSED RUGBY'S GREATEST-EVER UPSET
HELL FREEZES OVER
THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT
GHOSTS OF BATTLES PAST
October (7)
WE FEEL YOUR PAIN
FALLING LEGENDS
GRASS ROOTS BUT CLEAN KIT
RED, RED WHINE
SPANGHERO - THE BOYS FROM BRAM
THIERRY DUSAUTOIR - IRB PLAYER OF THE YEAR
NEW ZEALAND WINS WORLD CUP
LabelsLabels
LinksLinks
Our Sponsor
Our Sponsor
Your NewsIreland robbed - again

Tuesday 01st December 2009
Ireland robbed - again

Now my father-in-law is a New Zealander, beautiful country and all that, but Richie McCaw IRB Player of the Year? I don’t think so. A great flank forward, McCaw has however missed a chunk of games and admittedly the All Blacks have missed him, for this has been a distinctly average New Zealand season. It had to go to Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll, having led Ireland to the Grand Slam, key to Leinster lifting the Heineken Cup and just being an all-round inspiration on the British Lions tour of South Africa. I’m sure the votes had already been cast by then, but the sight of O’Driscoll clattering Springboks full-back Zane Kirchner in the last play of the match to hold the Irish line and victory at Croke Park on Saturday summed up the man. It’s not quite up there with the hand of Thierry Henry in terms of grand theft, but the Irish are not happy that the hand of Bod is not on the world player of the year trophy. Not happy at all. Oh well at least it wasn’t won by a Frenchman.

 

Strewth, Australia have a front-row. Benn Robinson and Ben Alexander are terrific young props either side of hooker Stephen Moore and they gave the Welsh scrum an almighty hard time in Cardiff. Matt Giteau was back to his best after his wobble at Murrayfield; proving that form is temporary and class is permanent, while flanker David Pocock, an adopted Aussie from Zimbabwe, looks a real hunter-gatherer on the Wallaby openside. Robbie Deans is an exceptionally canny coach and the New Zealander could just have the Australians peaking in time for the World Cup on his home soil. If he won the World Cup with Australia in New Zealand Deans would never see Christchurch again.

 

Who are the best rugby tweeters? I follow Everything Rugby’s Tom May on Twitter from Toulon and there is plenty of Paris banter from Ollie Phillips and James Haskell. Will Greenwood tweets with his Sky Sports hat on and Phil Vickery is just getting the hang of it. All Blacks fans can follow the musings of prop Neemia Tialata and wing Cory Jane.

Jason Leonard tweets plenty but it is about his new venture The Construction Network, not rugby, while former England scrum-halves Matt Dawson and Kyran Bracken are still locked in competition; this time for the number of followers.

Others on Twitter are London Irish lock Nicky Kennedy – why is he not in the England second-row? – and Gloucester wing Tom Voyce. I am also intrigued by the French tweets of Sebastian Chabal - Marcel Proust in a jockstrap.

 

It has not been the best of autumns for England defence coach Mike Ford as Martin Johnson and his coaching team come in for all sorts of stick. But Ford can take refuge and huge pride in watching the progress of his offspring. One son Joe has broken into the Leeds first team aged 19, while 16-year-old George Ford, the England U18 fly-half, was short-listed for this month’s BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award. George last month became the youngest player to take part in a professional club game when he played for Leicester in an LV Cup game at Leeds – against his older brother Joe.

 

 


Posted by: , on December 01st 2009 on 11:09pm
Leave a Comment

Name:
Email:
Website:

Comment:
Sponsors
join Free
Free Site
Online Coaching
Directory