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2016 Six Nations Rugby

PostWed Feb 03, 2016 10:39 am

The PROPER oval shaped Ball game starts this weekend, - (i know a lot of you like the other one with the fancy shoulder pads and the Can-Can dancers :D ) pfft

I am really looking forward to it,
England under a new coach must recover from the disastrous world cup in their own back yard last year. need to be more attack minded and less cautious (a bit like the Boro really)

How will Ireland cope this year without bot BOD (Bryan O'Driscoll) and Paul o'connel
Scotland showed improvements in the last year, especially in the World cup where they put up a good fight against South Africa and came within a whisker of beating Australia

The first weekend fixtures are as follows:-
Sat 6th Feb:- France v Italy 2.25, Scotland v England 4.50
Sun 7th Feb:- Ireland v Wales 3pm

My predictions for the final standings
Wales, England, Ireland, France, Scotland, Italy
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Re: 2016 Six Nations Rugby

PostThu Feb 04, 2016 12:52 pm

bigtl_billingham wrote:The PROPER oval shaped Ball game starts this weekend,


Rugby League ???
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PostMon Feb 08, 2016 10:22 am

Ireland v Wales was a cracking game, best game of the weekend by far
I think England will need to up their game if they are to beat either wales or Ireland

Italy very unlucky not to beat the French in Paris, ran them very close

This weekend games:-
Sat 13th :- France v Ireland 2.25 , Wales v Scotland 4.50
Sun 14th :- Italy v England
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PostThu Feb 11, 2016 12:08 pm

England beat the jocks - thats the big one for me!

i do like the 6 nations but it can be awfully slow and ponderous at times!

which is why i prefer league
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PostFri Feb 12, 2016 1:24 pm

England Head Coach Eddie Jones has made three changes to his side for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Italy.

Prop Mako Vunipola, lock Courtney Lawes and scrum half Ben Youngs come in for Joe Marler, Joe Launchbury and Danny Care who are all among the replacements.

There is also a place among the replacements for uncapped forwards Maro Itoje and Paul Hill with Ollie Devoto dropping out of the 23.

England team to face Italy,

1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
2 Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
4 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
5 George Kruis (Saracens)
6 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
7 James Haskell (Wasps)
8 Billy Vunipola (vice captain, Saracens)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
10 George Ford (Bath)
11 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
12 Owen Farrell (vice captain, Saracens)
13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath)
14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
15 Mike Brown (vice captain, Harlequins)

Replacements
16 Jamie George (Saracens)
17 Joe Marler (Harlequins)
18 Paul Hill (Northampton Saints)
19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
20 Maro Itoje (Saracens)
21 Jack Clifford (Harlequins)
22 Danny Care (Harlequins)
23 Alex Goode (Saracens)

I'm looking forward to see the battle of the number 8's in this match Sergio Parisse against Billy Vunipola
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PostMon Feb 15, 2016 11:10 am

Weekend two scores and comments

France 10-9 Ireland
A purely dreadful game, hampered by the atrocious conditions in Paris, lots of ball handling errors.
Once more Ireland took a lead into the half time only to let it fade in the end, this time to a defeat and not a draw.
Ireland will be glad of a rest week, next weekend as their injury woes mount up.
They look like a team in transition to be honest, first time they have played without two of their most influential players over the last couple of years in Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell
France in my opinion were once again lucky to win, as they were the previous weekend against Italy. They managed to get a try which Ireland didn't, possibly down to the fact that Ireland's battered and bruised bodies couldn't put up much more fight.
France were dirty and cynical off the ball, I hope that the headbutt on Sexton is looked at and the player involved is retrospectively banned, why the referee did not consult the TMO is anyones guess

Wales 37-23 Scotland
WOW, what can I say, after the drivel off the above match, things had to improve and under the covered roof at the Millenium (sorry Principality) Stadium, they certainly did.
Welcome back to first class Six Nations Rugby Scotland, !
A tremendous game, which could have gone either way, Scotland have shown massive improvements in last years World Cup and continue to take that form into this seasons six nations.
Scotland led 13-10 at one point, but Wales stepped up a gear late in the second half, and commeth the hour, commeth the Man, George North delivered once again when it mattered with a fantastic try

Italy 9-40 England
The first half was nothing to write home about, and was a bit turgid to be honest, but credit must be given to Italy as they tried to take the game to England, led by the superb Sergio Parisee. The only try in the first half by George Ford of England.
New England head coach Eddie Jones must have had a 'Tea cup' moment during the half time break, as England upped their game in the second half,..there was a hat-trick of tries for Jonathon Joseph and one for Owen Farrell.
Strength and fitness told in the end as the Italians tired and made some sloppy passing/ handling errors.

The harder games are to come for England against Ireland, Wales and what could possibly be a decider against the French on March 19
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PostWed Feb 24, 2016 4:37 pm

Weekend Three matches and my predictions.....

Fri 26th Feb 8pm:- Wales v France
Kicks off with a biggy and my pick to be THE match of the weekend, France lucky to have won two out of two so far, Wales started with a draw against the Irish, and then involved in a superb tussle with Scotland, which could have gone either way, but wales upped their game when it mattered.
Under the roof and the floodlights at the Millenium stadium, creates a cracking atmosphere which should give an advantage to the Welsh, so I am going for a win for wales here by at least 5 points

Sat 27th 2.25:- Italy v Scotland
This might turn out to be a better game than expected, and much better than previous years encounters. Both have improved rapidly over the past year, its too close to call this one, but I am going to go for Italy to lead at Half time but Scotland to snatch the lead in the dying embers of the second half - a win by a very narrow margin for the scots

Sat 27th 4.50:- England v Ireland
Home advantage for England and the amount of injuries that the Irish racked up against the French last time out, makes the game more advantageous for England. I'm going for an England win here by at least 7
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PostSat Feb 27, 2016 11:52 am

Weekend three scores and comments

Friday night:- Wales 19-10 France
WELL this didn't live up to my expectations, and the first half was quite tedious, not helped by the over fussy refereeing by wayne Barnes - much to the annoyance of superb co-commentators Brian Moore and Jonathon Davies.
The roof was not closed due to technical difficulties but that did not dampen the atmosphere of the vociferous welsh voices in the stands at the Millenium (Principality) Stadium. I really do wish England had a more enthusing National Anthem like the French and the Welsh do.
Dan Biggar was slightly off with his kicking in the first half, which is very unlike him, maybe a twitch too many or a not enough shuffles in his pre-kicking reportoire.
Wales dominated both possession and territory but didn't make that dominance count and only took a 6-3 lead into the interval
The second half was an improvement on the first (it had to be really) and the hilight of the game was George North's second try in as many games which was a comedy of errors before it went over, he actually had an 'air shape' in attempting to move the 'oval shaped ball' forward towards the line before eventually diving over for his 25th welsh try.
France now decided to at last partake in this game of Rugby and had long periods with the ball but the Welsh defence held firm magnificently, they did eventually get a try very late in the game, but by then the game had gone.
It Could have been a different matter for the French and for the game for the spectators if they had made better use of their subs and brought on Francois Trinh-duc early

England 21-10 Ireland
Eddie Jones perfect start as England coach continued on a chilly night in south west London
England took a deserved 6-3 lead into half time in a stop-start game with two penalties for Farrell and one for Sexton.
England had most of the possession but were kept at bay by a rugged Irish defence, i)ncluding a fantastic last gap stop by Irish Captain Rory Best) and also the TMO, which ruled out a try from Man of the Match, Billy Vunipola
The second half began with Ireland taking advantage of James Haskell being sent to the sin bin for a high late tackle, opting for a line out instead of a penalty, which leads to a try by connor Murray, converted by sexton to take ireland into a 6-10 lead.
But two tries in five minutes from Anthony watson and Mike Brown snatch back control of what had been a tight-error strewn match, Ireland just cannot cope with the strength and attacking prowess of Billy Vunipola
Only a desperate last-gasp tackle from Jack Nowell denied Rob Henshaw a try in the corner for Ireland, and Danny Care then became England's second man to be yellow-carded for not rolling away as Ireland pressed again, almost getting another try but the TMO is not convinced enough to award a try
England weathered the storm, and scored at crucial times in the match to win the match 21-10

Italy 20-36 Scotland
(I didn't actually watch this game, so this is took straight from the BBC website)
Scotland brought an end to a nine-match losing run in the Six Nations with a precious 36-20 win over Italy in Rome.

Vern Cotter's team thundered into a 17-3 lead with clinical early tries from John Barclay and John Hardie.
Italy responded with scores from Leonardo Ghiraldini and Marco Fuser, while Scotland lost Finn Russell and WP Nel to the sin-bin in the last quarter.
But Greig Laidlaw's nerveless goal-kicking and Tommy Seymour's late try saw them over the winning line at last.
Key to Scotland's win was their scrum. It was exceptional, winning penalty after penalty, lifting several sieges and affording the outstanding Laidlaw the opportunity to bang over three-pointers, which he did like a metronome.
Kelly Haimona opened the scoring with an early penalty for Italy, but that was just a precursor to that explosive passage from the Scots.
Barclay's 10th-minute try had its origins in fast ruck ball. When Scotland attacked space, Tim Visser drew two Italian defenders and found Stuart Hogg, who took the contact, hit the floor and offloaded to the on-rushing Barclay, who dives over to score Scotland's first try, and it was followed by another seven minutes later.
Russell made the initial incision, slipping through a gap and putting the Italians on the back foot. The fly-half had an arriving army of forwards to support him, among them Ryan Wilson, who had come into the starting line-up as a late replacement for the injured David Denton.
Wilson was outstanding in those early moments and it was his pass that put Hardie over in the left corner.
When Laidlaw added a penalty just before the half-hour, Scotland led 17-3 - alien territory for a team that had forgotten how to win these games.

The visitors became strangely passive after they built their lead and Italy roused themselves at last.
The hosts got their hands on the ball, showed patience and power and, when Gonzalo Garcia blasted over Laidlaw, veteran hooker Ghiraldini crashed over.
Haimona added the conversion to make it 17-10, before Laidlaw missed his only shot at goal with the last kick of the half.
He and Haimona traded penalties early in the second half before the Scotland captain boomed over another kick close to the hour to give his team a 13-point cushion.
That feel-good factor was seriously threatened when Russell saw yellow for hands in a ruck and then Fuser went over for a converted try.
When Scotland needed their captain, he delivered. He kicked everything after the interval - four penalties and a third conversion, for a 21-point personal haul.The penalty that made it 29-20 in the 66th minute was massive. It was from distance, but he nailed it and kept his team calm in the process.Moments of concern did follow, though. Scotland struggled desperately at re-starts and put themselves under pressure, but they stood up. Russell returned but Nel exited - for a deliberate knock-on - and still Scotland held firm.
The last significant act was that try from Seymour. It began right down the other end of the pitch, where Italy were attacking. When the Azzurri spilled it, Russell hacked a kick downfield and when the space opened up, Hogg threw a pass out the side door to Seymour, whose 13th Test try was greeted rapturously by his team-mates.
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Re: 2016 Six Nations Rugby

PostFri Mar 11, 2016 10:29 am

Weekend 4 Fixtures & comments
Saturday 12th March :- 1.30 Ireland V Italy
Jared Payne and Simon Zebo are named in the Ireland team to face the Italians, after Rob Kearney was ruled out by Inury.
Italy make 4 changes from their 36-20 defeat to the Scots, including a new half back pairing of Guglielmo Palazzani and Edoardo Padovani.
Two-time defending Six Nations champions Ireland are still chasing their first win of the campaign after an opening draw with Wales was followed by defeats against France and England

4pm England V Wales
THE Biggest Rivalry in Northern Hemisphere Rugby. The result is likely to decide the winner of the RBS 6 Nations 2016. It really doesn't get much bigger than this.
England will take the triple Crown if they win at Twickenham and go into the match top of the table with a 100% win record, one point ahead of Wales with two matches to go.
They will be desperate for a win after the crushing blow dealt by the roaring welsh Dragons in England's own back yard in the Rugby world cup last year.
Manu Tuilagi returns to the bench for an unchanged England starting 15.
Warren Gatland also names an unchanged starting 15 for the Welsh , with Rhys Webb returning as one of the replacements

Sunday 13th March :- Scotland v France
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PostFri Mar 18, 2016 4:25 pm

Final weekend Preview:-
The Final weekend of this years RBS six Nations sees all the games taking place on the same day- Saturday
Wales v Italy starts the day with a 2.30 kick off in the principality, followed by Ireland v Scotland at 5pm and then finishing with France v England at 8pm
As we all now know, due to last weekends results with the Scots beating the French at Murrayfield the six Nations title heads to England.
But England will want to complete their trophy haul by completing the Grand Slam, something they haven't done for 13 years.
What a turnaround for England since last September and elimination from their own World Cup, mainly due in no small means to the change in both leadership off the field with eddie Jones, but also on it with Dylan Hartley replacing Chris Robshaw as Captain.

Wales V Italy 2.30
Dan Lydiate will captain Wales in a Test match for the first time on Saturday, while Rhys Webb is preferred to Gareth Davies at scrum-half. The other three changes are linked to injuries, with Justin Tipuric, Luke Charteris and Hallam Amos coming in.

Italy make five enforced changes. Tommy Allan is back at fly-half, with Andrea Pratichetti in for Michele Campagnaro.
Quintin Geldenhuys and Valerio Bernabo are selected in the second row and Martin Castrogiovanni is back at prop.

Ireland v Scotland 5pm
Tommy O'Donnell replaces Josh van der Flier in Ireland's only change from the side which beat Italy.
Captain Rory Best will play after recovering from a minor calf problem.

Duncan Weir starts at fly-half for Scotland, deputising for Finn Russell, who was forced off early against France with concussion so is inelligible to play .Peter Horne, who impressed after coming on for Russell, is again named as a replacement, while Ryan Wilson starts at number eight ahead of Josh Strauss.
Scotland's third change sees Tim Swinson come in for lock Jonny Gray, who is sidelined by a torn pectoral muscle.

These two Teams need a big finish. The Irish started as back-to-back champions, but they could end the campaign as low as fifth. Even allowing for extensive injuries, and some carnival rugby against Italy, that would be a stinker of a campaign

After a slow start, Scotland are flying, and they have a golden chance to nail down three Championship wins for the first time in 20 years.

France v England 8pm
England have made two changes to the side that beat Wales with scrum-half Danny Care and prop Mako Vunipola coming into the side,they take the places of Ben Youngs and Joe Marler, who both move to the bench.
France coach Guy Noves has also made two changes - both in the back row, Loann Goujon replaces Yacouba Camara at number eight, while Bernard Le Roux makes his first appearance of this Six Nations in place of Wenceslas Lauret.

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