Category Archives: Rugby

England facing tough task in Dublin

England are hoping to stay on course for Six Nations glory when they travel to Dublin to face Ireland on Sunday. England Having retained the same starting line-up for their opening victories against Wales and Italy, England have made three changes with Alex Goode, Jack Nowell and Henry Thomas named on Sunday’s team sheet. Goode takes over from Mike Brown at full-back after the latter sustained concussion during the 47-17… Read More »

Wales can edge Six Nations clash with France

Wales hooker Scott Baldwin has been selected ahead of Richard Hibbard for Saturday’s clash with France in the Six Nations. The winner of Saturday’s game will retain hopes of Six Nations glory with both having already suffered a defeat. The Ospreys forward Baldwin played well in the 12-6 victory over South Africa three months ago but has had to be patient waiting for his next opportunity. Wales have enjoyed three… Read More »

Scotland set for Six Nations victory over Italy

Scotland face Italy in the Six Nations at Murrayfield on Saturday with both teams still searching for their first victory. Scotland Coach Vern Cotter has brought in Glasgow Warriors’ Peter Horne at fly-half in place of the suspended Finn Russell. Second-row Tim Swinson replaces the injured Richie Gray with Wing Tommy Seymour and prop Euan Murray are in at the expense of Tim Visser and Geoff Cross. Cotter has also… Read More »

France can edge out Ireland in Dublin

Ireland and France both won their opening Six Nations fixtures so something has to give in Dublin on Saturday. Ireland Ireland will start favourites as they seek a ninth straight victory but the French have only lost to Ireland twice in the last fifteen meetings. Home advantage has not counted for much either with the men in green recording only three wins in their last sixteen against France in Dublin.… Read More »

England to march on against Italy

England stunned Wales in Cardiff last week with a superb fight-back and now face Italy in the second round of matches in the Six Nations. England England have a one hundred per cent record against the Azzurri, although they have been given a fright in recent meetings. The winning margin in two of the last four encounters has been in single figures so that might be worth bearing in mind… Read More »

France to edge past Scotland in Paris

France face Scotland in the third and final match of the opening day of the Six Nations on Saturday. France Scotland have only beaten France once in their last sixteen attempts in this tournament. That is a daunting statistic for the Scots to overcome, although they have kept the margin down to single digits in the last three meetings. Only Jean-Marc Doussain’s late penalty denied the Scots last year but… Read More »

Murray can steer Ireland to victory in Rome

Italy were left with the wooden spoon in the Six Nations in 2014 while Ireland grabbed the title on points difference in a dramatic finale. Ireland The Champions will be desperate to get off to a good start against the tournament minnows on Saturday. The Irish are in fine form with recent victories over South Africa and Australia so it is no surprise to seem them chalked up at prohibitive… Read More »

Wales to open Six Nations with victory

The Six Nations gets under way on Friday night with Wales playing England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Wales The tournament will give a very clear idea of where the teams stand ahead of the World Cup in eight months’ time. These two sides will meet in the pool stages so a victory on Friday will give them a huge psychological advantage. Wales are very much the same team… Read More »

Kiwis to edge Four Nations Final

Australia are favourites to beat New Zealand in the final of the Four Nations on Saturday despite their 30-12 defeat last month. Australia The reason is largely down to their overall record against the Kiwis which stands at 95 wins to 30 with three draws. The Kangaroos can also boast a fine record in Wellington with five wins from seven including a record 58-0 victory in 2007. The home side’s… Read More »