Prix Diane 2017

John Gosden has a huge week coming at Royal Ascot and he can prepare in the best possible way by taking the Prix de Diane with Shutter Speed. The Juddmonte Filly showed significant promise when taking a Yarmouth maiden at the backend of last season and took the chance to show what she was really… Read More Prix Diane 2017

Maori All Blacks v Lions

There have been plenty of big statements during this Lions tour but the biggest so far probably came from the All Blacks themselves, who were stunning 78-0 victors over Samoa yesterday morning at Eden Park.   There had been a couple of struggles in the first 20 minutes, but they scored three tries from their… Read More Maori All Blacks v Lions

Australia v Scotland

Sky viewers who can’t wait to see the Lions at eight should be in for quite a treat as old foes Australia and Scotland clash once again in what could be an exciting game to wake people up early.   The two have developed newly intense rivalry, with the defining game being their incredibly tight… Read More Australia v Scotland

Japan v Ireland

Whilst all attention is focused on their contingent with New Zealand, Ireland’s best of the rest are on tour and should be flying high as they go to face Japan.   The Irish had a near perfect outing as they dismantled the USA last week in New Jersey with a 55-19 win, but this will… Read More Japan v Ireland

New Zealand v Samoa

New Zealand will never take any match for granted, but the start of their test summer against Samoa is particularly important given that it will be their one run-out before they face the Lions next week in the first test. The All Blacks have been taking a rather smooth road to fact the visitors, with… Read More New Zealand v Samoa

Tonga v Wales

Rugby junkies who can’t wait less than 12 hours for their next taste of action can settle in to watch Tonga take on Wales in a curtain raiser for New Zealand’s clash with Samoa at Eden Park. This is a very new look Wales squad with nine uncapped players in the 23 and three in… Read More Tonga v Wales

Highlanders v Lions

After what has been a slow start, the Lions finally managed to get close to clicking on Saturday and whilst there’s still three games to go, it might appear as if we know a good deal of the test side following their deeply impressive 12-3 win against the Crusaders. It was a game which had… Read More Highlanders v Lions

General Election 2017

The Campaign We’ve been here before. An election looms. There is one candidate, cause or party clear in the lead. The gap is huge. A landslide is coming, followed by years of domination and the wipeout of the opponent. And then things begin. And the perceptions slide away. Uncomfortable questions are asked, answered and dodged.… Read More General Election 2017

Blues v Lions

The Lions are up on their tour, if not quite running. It is part and parcel of Lions tours that they are a brutal test, but within 80 hours of touching down in New Zealand they were on the pitch against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians who outperformed expectations by a great deal in a… Read More Blues v Lions