Posts Tagged "Six Nations"

Are England really as good as some commentators have suggested? Are they worse? While the Six Nations has not definitively answered this question, England are still well below the All Blacks’ standards.

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Referee Wayne Barnes was the focus of criticism after France’s astonishing 20-18 Six Nations victory over Wales, which ended with 20 minutes of added time, a disputed substitution and fierce debate about the official’s failure to award a penalty try.

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Ireland have denied England the chance to make some serious history, ending their undefeated streak with a 13-9 win in Dublin on Sunday morning (AEDT).

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Match result: Ireland have denied England the chance to make some serious history, ending their undefeated streak with a 13-9 win in Dublin on Sunday morning (AEDT).

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An emotional Vern Cotter fought back tears as his final match in charge of Scotland ended in a 29-0 win over Italy at Murrayfield.

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Richie Gray has been ruled out of Scotland’s Six Nations clash with Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday by a hamstring strain.

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England will face Ireland ready to make history and embrace “greatness” but the players and coach Eddie Jones are well aware that if there is anywhere in the rugby world where such dreams can be derailed it is Dublin.

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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has backed Jared Payne to perform at fullback after naming him as one of three changes to his side for the visit of Six Nations champions England to Dublin.

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It has been a significant week in rugby across both hemispheres. While the members of SANZAAR sat down to ponder the future of Super Rugby in the south, England finally climbed off their plateau and began the ascent from ‘base camp two’ towards the top of the mountain in the north.

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England refused to celebrate their successful Six Nations title defence on Saturday after Eddie Jones declared the Grand Slam as the real prize.

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England secured a second consecutive Six Nations title in emphatic style on Saturday by thrashing a supposedly resurgent Scotland 61-21.

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Centre Jonathan Joseph reeled off a hat-trick of tries against Scotland, as England secured their 18th straight Test victory, equalling the All Blacks’ world record for a tier one side.

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It’s not a case of ‘Wenger-Out’ like strikes for Ireland, but there is a strong argument for a new voice to be added the Irish set-up.

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George North responded to criticism from his own coaches by scoring two tries for Wales in a 22-9 win over Ireland in rugby’s Six Nations on Friday (Saturday AEDT), handing England the chance to clinch the title with a game to spare.

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Ireland will field an unchanged side when they take on Wales at the Principality (formerly the Millennium) Stadium in Cardiff this weekend.

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Scotland flanker Hamish Watson has been recalled to the Dark Blues’ starting line-up to face England at Twickenham.

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Flanker Fabien Sanconnie will make his debut and Brice Dulin will return at fullback in the France team for the Six Nations match against Italy in Rome.

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Flanker Justin Tipuric is set to win his 50th cap for Wales after being named in an unchanged team for the Six Nations game against Ireland in Cardiff.

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For the first 60 minutes of their Six Nations match, England were flummoxed by Italy’s brilliant defensive strategy, to the point where the Italians led at halftime.

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Last weekend’s Six Nations action turned out some surprises, none bigger than Wales losing to Scotland for the first time in years.

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