Rugby Celebrity Corner

Category Archives: Rugby World Cup 2011

New Zealand can handle pressure this time around

Tweet IF SOMEONE had told me a few weeks ago that France would be in the World Cup final I would have said: ‘No chance’. They lost to Tonga in the pool stage and they probably should have gone out, … Continue reading

Posted in Kyran's views, Rugby World Cup 2011 | Comments Off

So France face the All Blacks…

Tweet So France face the All Blacks in the final of the 2011 RWC having been mauled by them weeks earlier. A team with a coach set to tear them apart in the press has mirrored the unfancied England in … Continue reading

Posted in Kyran's views, Rugby World Cup 2011 | Comments Off

France Reunited

Tweet It seemed to me that England were over-confident from the start on Saturday. They seemed to think they were already in the semi-final. They felt there big challenge was to come. They were not ready for the game that … Continue reading

Posted in Rugby World Cup 2011, Serge's views | Leave a comment

England v France QF too close to call

Tweet With England and France locking horns in Auckland this Saturday, Metro asked Kyran Bracken, part of the World Cup-winning squad of 2003, and former French captain Serge Betsen where the quarter-final will decided. Serge Betsen: England have been our … Continue reading

Posted in Kyran's views, Rugby World Cup 2011, Serge's views | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Battle of the Breakdown

Tweet The last games of the group stages have shown us aspects of back row play that could be crucial in winning the tournament. Ireland and Wales now look as much the form teams now as anyone and their back … Continue reading

Posted in Rugby World Cup 2011, Serge's views | Comments Off

9 is a Magic Number

Tweet There is no doubt the role of the number 9 has changed over the years. No longer are they expected to be pass masters but now need to be fast and agile with speed of thought. So who is … Continue reading

Posted in Kyran's views, Rugby World Cup 2011 | Comments Off

Serge’s Match Analysis

Tweet England vs Romania The England and New Zealand wins couldn’t be much more different but they both show one of this World Cup’s crucial attacking weapons …the inside channel line break. With drift defences so confident and space at … Continue reading

Posted in Rugby World Cup 2011, Serge's views | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Form is Temporary. Class is Permanent.

Tweet Australia came into the World Cup as the form team. They had taken the Tri-Nations and the Super 15. They had a back division that looked likely to score from anywhere. Ireland came in with the worst of form. … Continue reading

Posted in Rugby World Cup 2011, Serge's views | Comments Off

Pressure Pressure Pressure

Tweet France, England, S Africa, Australia, New Zealand Scotland, Ireland. Did any of them look like they were firing on all cylinders? England and S Africa could just as easily have been beaten and most of the others were second … Continue reading

Posted in Rugby World Cup 2011, Serge's views | Comments Off