Parisse: One Name Sums Up A Nation’s Hopes

"You should see the other guy"

The hubbub grows, the sub-editors in the daily news media are now preparing headlines, chickens are coming home, whether to roost or lay golden eggs, nobody is quiet sure…yet. Continue reading

Match Review: USA Eagles 10-27 Italy

He's not so tough

The big news from this game is that the Italians fourth try, eked out from the intense pressure that their scrum could exert on the American set piece. This means that Ireland have no get out clause next week and that, just like we assumed would happen at the beginning of the tournament, we have to beat Italy to qualify* for the quarter-final stage. Continue reading

He’s No Diego Dominguez: Italy Squad Review

'Hey Salvatori! Why you-a no sing-a wid-a yo accent no more?"

Just as is the case with Ireland, group opponents Italy aren’t firing on all cylinders in the run-up to RWC11. Grand, we’ve lost four in a row, but sneaking a home win over Japan? Is that really any better? Continue reading