The Six Nations is upon us and as we await the crunching of bodies, clumps of mud flying through the air and roaring crowds, there is plenty to get excited about.
It’s a tournament where reputations are ruined, records broken and legends born, but since England were crowned champions in 2016 (their first since 2011), all eyes have been on that coveted trophy. 2017’s competition sees the the introduction of bonus points, to encourage and reward try-scoring.
While defending champions England will be attempting to hold onto their title, if the Welsh attack keeps developing, they may be a hard team to beat. Both France and Italy will be looking to put more wins (a win in Italy’s case) under their belt while Ireland, who clinched victories over the ‘big three’ southern hemisphere teams this year, will hope to continue their current form.
Here’s three fixtures that could well decide the fate of this year’s Six Nations tournament. Whether a partisan supporter or neutral fan, any rugby lover should enjoy watching these clashes.
04th February- England vs France – Twickenham
England will be looking to start as they mean to go on against France. 2016 was completed in style for England with a hard fought win against Australia making a perfect 13 wins from 13 matches.
France will be looking to improve on their 2016 Six Nations performance. These young players, continue to grow as a team and we should see them continue to use a positive style of play.
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10th March Wales vs Ireland – Principality Stadium
Having risen to the top four in the world rankings- Ireland will no doubt want to retain that position in this year’s tournament. Wales picked up three Autumn international wins in 2016, but may have a challenge on their hands from their great Celtic rivals. Check out our hotels near Cardiff and book in so you have somewhere to sleep off the celebrations (or commiserations.)
18th March Scotland vs Italy – BT Murrayfield
The first of three games on Super Saturday, the final day of the Championship. Both sides will have a point to prove, especially Italy who will want to avoid being whitewashed for the 8th time in 2017. Scotland, now 7th in the World rugby rankings (only one behind South Africa), have scored five tries in their last two meetings against the Azzurri and will be aiming to at least better that.
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