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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!!

Hooray, it’s GAME DAY!!

The Six Nations kicks off today, and it has what it takes to be yet another intriguing tournament, with a number of teams setting their sights at the trophy.

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ROUND ONE

GAME 1 – France v Italy KO 14.25pm, BBC1

DSC_5998Italy will want a good performance to avoid the increasing questions for a relegation system to be introduced, as teams like Georgia putting in impressive performances against high quality opposition at the World Cup.

France remain as unpredictable as ever, and could deliver a surprise coup.

GAME 2 – Scotland v England KO 16:50pm, BBC1

DSC_6002Vern Cotter’s Scotland will be heading to the Calcutta Cup fixture with elevated confidence after narrowly missing out on a coveted World Cup Semi Final place.  A win against England today could see Scotland vying for their first ever six nations win (they are of course, the reigning 5 Nations Champions!).

England’s early World Cup exit was unfortunate, but the fact that Eddie Jones’ new era team broadly mirrors that under predecessor Lancaster, shows that England cannot be ruled out for a championship win.  Whilst England haven’t won the tournament since 2011, they have continued to be a dominant force having finished 2nd for the last four years.

GAME 3 (SUN) – Ireland v Wales KO 15:00pm, ITV

DSC_6000Wales have a strong chance with 3 home games. They also have a good post-World Cup record, having won the tournament with Grand Slams in both 2008 and 2012.

Ireland are looking, however, to retain the title, with Rory Best at the helm in place of talisman Paul O’Connell.  The clash at Twickenham on the 27th may be come to a tournament decider…

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*All of Wales’ games are being shown in Welsh on S4C

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