In the hours before the game I didn’t feel nervous at all. Because I wasn’t worried about the result. After all, what’s another defeat to the All Blacks? My driving thought was I wanted *a game*. There was so much build up. First vs Second. Foremost I wanted a contest. I wanted a humdinger. I […]Read more "Beating the All Blacks & Other Stories"
It’s a bit late this week, as the real world continues to impinge on my rugby writing fantasies, so I do apologise. But also I know you probably want my thoughts on frame by frames in the New Zealand game (TL:DR – it was offside, but was it noticeable enough for the TMO to intervene? […]Read more "Why do (Irish) People Hate Rugby?"
It’s been a while. I’ll keep it brief. You’ll also be delighted to know that Numbers! will be back at some point in the Autumn Internationals – just as soon as the others are prepared to be in a room with me again post Grand Slam. One. We are twelve years away from a climate […]Read more "7 Witterings On Autumn Internationals Week One"
Close to the wire, but just on time to help you get hype (not a typo, that’s a real thing) for the Autumn Internationals. Employment is terrifically inconvenient for rugby analysis, but sadly a necessary evil required to pay for all those NowTV day passes I have to buy. It’s the most wonderful time of […]Read more "Autumn 2017 – This Time, It’s Average"
What makes a classic? Google says “judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind”. Yet, thinking on Saturday’s deciding test, “quality” is such a subjective term. For example there are many albums that I think classics, that my dad decried “total shite”. And with sport, so […]Read more "All Blacks vs The Lions Test 3: A Ramble"
When you expect to get beat, and then it’s close. And it’s tense, and it’s going down to the wire – a part of me thinks “Man, I’d rather have lost comprehensively than endure this”. I’m a nervous person at the best of times, but with a raging hang over, and then a few glasses […]Read more "9 Thoughts on Lions All Blacks Test 2: Electric Booglaloo"
What a strange game to look back on – at times it felt simultaneously like one for the ages, and also a total washout. Like a one sided thrashing, but also that one side left a lot out on the pitch. I’ve got eight things that come to mind following the game, let’s run through […]Read more "8 Thoughts on Lions vs All Blacks 1st Test"