Match Preview: Wales vs Italy

Wales should have far too much for italy at home in Cardiff. The Welsh are a confidence team, and they're firing on all cylinders. Jacques Brunel is trying hard to find which players will play for him, and how Italy are best set up to progress over his tenure.

Italy have brought Mirco Bergamasco back into their team for the first time this tournament, as well as restoring Kris Burton to the No10 jersey after Tobias Botes’ poor showing two weeks ago in Dublin. Continue reading

What Me Worry? Ireland vs Italy Match Preview 1

Sometimes it's not a bad thing to be a bit bullish about an upcoming game. The Mole recognizes that there's little good Declan Kidney can do by saying that we should go out there and feed the Italians thirty points, but at least one person in the meedja should make that point.

Ireland beat Italy 36-6 on in RWC11 about five months ago. Bear that in mind as the standard for the upcoming game between the two sides for three good reasons: Continue reading

Match Reaction: Nick Mallett’s Outhalf Plan

Don't worry little fella, in twenty minutes time I'll be doing the same thing to your replacement

It’d be labouring a point to say that Gorgeous George’s outhalf policy backfired; it just didn’t work out quite as effectively as he had planned. Continue reading

Is there any reason that I can completely bottle this decision?

It is a good thing that when we wuz robbed by the Telly Ref, it didn’t really matter and similarly that we got another fine try just a minute later through Trimble’s lovely blindside break. Perhaps it is even a good thing that this has happened now and the issue has been brought to light, despite it already making waves when Clancy and his Third Umpire cohort on the day Johann Meuwesen followed the spirit of the laws rather than their precise wording to deny Jimmy Cowan a try versus the Springboks in Port Elizabeth during the summer’s Tri-Nations. Continue reading

The Dagger Sticks It To Gorgeous George

Eddie O’Sullivan felt that Nick ‘Gorgeous George’ Mallett was a touch graceless following the Italians’ eventual victory over his brave Eagles. The Mole was never an Eddie-basher, and he’s delighted to see the Dagger stick one into Nick Mallett. Continue reading