Today represents a significant milestone for the Last Word on Rugby group of writers, with the 1000th article being published. Last Word on Rugby -- 1000...
After a tumultuous six months with a mixed bag of wins and losses, one can have some sympathy with Rob Howley's selection woes. Furthermore, to possibly finish the season fourth in the world, and to have players like George North, Rhys Webb and Sam Warburton 'firing on all cylinders again' would not constitute the bleak outlook that some would paint.
This weekend, Ireland host England in the final match of the RBS Six Nations Championship. A championship that the English team have won, with...
The main thing to take away from the Welsh team announcement is that whilst Howley says he acts in Wales' best interests and that you don't turn into a bad team overnight. He does lack a fundamental skill for top level coaching, foresight. Wales should be looking at the 2019 World Cup and whilst many of Friday's players will be in that squad, if they hold form and fitness, it's an ideal time to add to our depth for then.
Whilst it does allow England the 'extra dimension' of having two playmakers involved in their backs division, it comes with as many problems as it does solutions. Harsh it may be, but right now George Ford is hindering England’s development and his individual performances are not justifiable collateral.
Zero ruck is not a new tactic, its use in the professional ranks by both the Hurricanes and Chiefs – and a lesser extent by the All Blacks - have seen it make its way into the amateur game here in New Zealand.
Personally, I therefore do not think it is time for England’s finishers to become starters. Rather, I think it is time that some of the England Rugby starters end up as finishers, and show Italy what they can really do.
The Six nations re-starts Saturday. As usual, it will be hugely popular across the globe, so fans will be ready. Nations focus on the prize at hand; with most also looking ahead to the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.
Since then, a form of Alex Cuthbert 'vilification' see's him become the man who Wales simply love to hate. His apparent defensive ineptitude becomes a prevalent issue, even alongside a solid tackling team. Results have not gone his, or the teams way.