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March 2016

#RBS6Nations Super Saturday round up

It was an historic day for England rugby as they finally managed to pull off that all too elusive Grand Slam!

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The last time they succeeded was back in 2003 and then went on to win the 2003 World Cup.  Eddie Jones is confident that this England team is also capable of achieveing greatness, and he believes that the Grand Slam accolade is just the start of a new chapter for the team that only six months ago experienced a devastating world cup exit.

#WALvITA

It was another try fest as Wales kicked off the day with a record breaking win against injury ridden Italy.

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#IREvSCO

Scotland couldn’t quite overcome the resolute Irish buy secured a solid third place finish overall.

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#FRAvENG

Le Crunch was not a straight forward affair as the French made England work for their whitewash.  Hartley suffered a nasty blow to the head but the talisman returned to the pitch to collect the Six Nations trophy. 

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It wasn’t quite the finish we had last year, but France’s last stand meant that the final table standings was not fixed until the blowing of the final whistle. 

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We now await the home nations’ summer tours to the Southern Hemisphere where only then will we truly understand how much we have all improved since RWC 2015.   Challenge accepted!!

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#RBS6Nations Round 4 round up

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Another great weekend of rugby after two weeks of waiting.

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First match of the day saw Ireland win over Italy in Dublin, but it was the BIG ONE at Twickenham at 4pm that everyone had been waiting for. 

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Billed as the tournament decider, we all eagerly awaited the colossal face off between England and Wales, with the dragons stoked to derail the Chariots’ hopes of their first Grand Slam win in over a decade.

It was another classic.  Disappointingly, Wales failed to turn up in the first half (and much of the second), but came back in the dying minutes of the game in what threatened to be a repeat of THAT clash at Twickenham less than six months ago which ended in England being unceremoniously dumped out of their own World Cup.

But, fortunately for Eddie’s men, there was to be no such humiliation, and England’s sights remained on that elusive prize.

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But the weekend’s excitement was not over…

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England needed Scotland to win or draw to keep France out of contention, and nothing short of a thrashing could keep France’s tournament hopes alive.   The plucky Scots had everything to play for, and secured an historic win over an unstructured and underwhelming French side, a feat last achieved in 2006.

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And so, England were declared tournament champions with a game in hand, but it will all come down to Le crunch next week as only France stand in England’s way for securing Six Nations Grand Slam glory. 

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                             Roll on Super Saturday!!

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