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Phil Vickery’s Six Nations Match Report: All to Play For

Phil Vickery’s Six Nations Match Report: All to Play For

What a tournament the Six Nations is; steeped in history and full of fierce national rivalries. I loved playing in it and I love watching it. Now, we are seeing the birth of a potentially great England side. I know it has been said a lot, but look at the lack of age and experience...
Phil Vickery’s Six Nations Match Report: France vs. England

Phil Vickery’s Six Nations Match Report: France vs. England

Welcome to my Six Nations column for 2014. I hope you were able to watch the opening weekend of what I think is the greatest rugby tournament in the world. How could all those ancient rivalries not whet the appetite? The match between England and France certainly lived up to my expectations. When France took...
Phil Vickery Reports: Ouch - Brutal Battle Leads to Showdown

Phil Vickery Reports: Ouch – Brutal Battle Leads to Showdown

What an amazing game.  Saturday’s second test match  proved to be a brutal affair that even made me wince.  The tension was obvious and made for a tight game.  The Lions had to a lot of defending throughout and it showed at the end when the line cracked and Adam Ashley Cooper cut through for...
Phil Vickery Reports: Important Win But We Got Lucky

Phil Vickery Reports: Important Win But We Got Lucky

Fantastic to get that first test victory but whilst the bookies may have the Lions as firm favourites to win the series if you watched the game on Saturday morning the win was far from convincing. I did an interview on Friday for a national newspaper and expressed a little concern about whether we should...
Lion Hearted Tourists off to a Great Start

Lion Hearted Tourists off to a Great Start

As the Lions bandwagon has finally started to roll, hopefully you do not have too much planned for the next five weeks apart from a little light shopping on the House of Fraser website of course . The amazing concept of four nations coming together to play as one team has survived yet again and...
Phil Vickery Reports: England March On

Phil Vickery Reports: England March On

The RBS Six Nations very rarely disappoints and the clash between England and France at Twickenham was brutal.  It was a good old physical battle with some crunching tackles and although France put England under intense pressure yet again this young side came up with the win. It did not look like it in the...
Grand weekend for a slam... by Phil Vickery

Grand weekend for a slam… by Phil Vickery

After the fireworks of last weekend we were treated this week to more - shall we say – ‘traditional’ Six Nations rugby. The rain in Dublin, which was truly awful, and pitch conditions in France would not have helped but Scotland aside we did not see an awful lot of running rugby. Not that I am complaining as to...
Phil Vickery Reports: Showstopping Opening for the Greatest Rugby Tournament in the World

Phil Vickery Reports: Showstopping Opening for the Greatest Rugby Tournament in the World

I might be biased – oh alright – I am biased but I honestly believe there is nothing like the Six Nations.  For all the kids out there who watch this competition and maybe don’t know the history, believe me the rivalry goes back a long, long way!  It is unique with its structure which...
PHIL VICKERY’S TAKE ON THE SIX NATIONS

PHIL VICKERY’S TAKE ON THE SIX NATIONS

Close games this weekend in the Six Nations, especially up to half time when you could not have called any of the games and only Ireland managing to rack up a big win in the second half.  But, massive congratulations to Wales for winning at Twickenham somewhere that has not been a happy hunting ground...

SIX NATIONS HOTS UP

Well for some of the teams it did, apart from poor old Ireland and France! I must say I felt very angry on behalf of those fans, especially the Irish who had made the journey over and were told it was cancelled just ten minutes before kick off!  Seems daft to me that they didn’t realize...
UP AND RUNNING: all the latest from Phil Vickery

UP AND RUNNING: all the latest from Phil Vickery

Quite amazing opening weekend wasn’t it? As an England fan, I was delighted to see a young inexperienced side display mental toughness and discipline to get an all-important first win.  A lot of people have said to me that Scotland lost it rather than England won, but if you look at the way England played...
Phil Vickery's thoughts on the six nation campaign

Phil Vickery’s thoughts on the six nation campaign

Well I don’t know about you but I am feeling more excitement about this Six Nations campaign than I have for a while! It feels like a clean slate for England – a new squad with no baggage and a fresh young side bursting with potential. There will be lots of people basing their expectations...