After a pulsating kick off to the RBS Six Nations of 2013, with rather two surprising outcomes on the first weekend, we assess how the teams have fared after three gruelling rounds. England are the only team left with any hope of winning the coveted ‘Grand Slam’, their first since 2003 should they achieve that feat. As the teams head for the ‘home straight’ let’s look at how the Northern hemisphere’s best have shaped up.

English Premier League

UEFA Champions League Round of 16

English Premier League

Manchester United lead the table after 26 games with a 12 point cushion over reigning champions Manchester City and they will feel that it’s their title to lose if they were to slip up as they did last season when they conceded the title to their arch rivals.

Week two of the RBS six nations ended last evening with England narrowly toppling the high flying Irish in Dublin. Scotland pulled out a powerful performance at Murray-field on Saturday to down Italy whilst Wales picked up their first win in 9 games against a flat France in Paris. 

In this, the second edition we discuss three teams with styles of play that could not be any different from each other. Two of them recorded comprehensive victories over much fancied southern hemisphere opposition in the autumn, whereas the third nation is a team very much on the mend, left to lick their wounds after a disastrous run of late.

The end of the long drought of international rugby is close at hand. One of the busiest years of international rugby kicks off this weekend when Europe’s blue ribbon event ,’The Six Nations’ gets underway.

After the Boxing Day test that turned farcical with the visitors being whollaped inside three days many a Sri Lankan fan, back home and in Australia had pretty much lost faith in our cricketers.

I seemed to have made very few friends amongst the Sri Lankan cricket fans, who have thought me to be overly critical of the abilities, (or should I say inabilities) of our national team to cope with the hostilities down under.