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Biscuits, Brexit and Bonus Points – Six Nations 2017 Beckons!

It will be the first tournament played since “that” vote back in June, and whether you were the 48% or the 52%, the exhilaration and thrill that comes with this legendary championship will keep us all blissfully distracted from Brexit madness for the next 6 weeks.

There seems to be very few parts of our lives that will not be impacted by Brexit, and the Six Nations tournament will certainly not escape unscathed. The abandonment of free movement as we know it will inevitably affect travelling fans and players alike.  

However, there is comfort in knowing that this oldest of all tournaments has survived for 130 years, witnessing great tides of change across the Continent during this period, and only ever changing for the better. Thankfully, history reassures us that the Six Nations is sure to be with us for some many years to come. What the real and actual consequences of Brexit will be for our favourite tournament who knows, and indeed, for the next 25 games at least, who cares – that is a concern for another day. 

Bonus point trial

The 2017 season will see the introduction of a new points system. The previous system awarded two points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. This will now change, so that match winners can now claim up to 5 points, as the new four point for a win allocation can be supplemented by an additional point if they score 4 or more tries.   A draw will attract 2 points, with an additional point available under the 4 tries point.  For losing Unions, the position is changed considerably, as instead of a maximum zero score, a loser could find themselves with up to 2 bonus points, if they score 4 tries or more and lose by a margin of fewer than 7 points.

To avoid the mathematical nonsense of seeing a Union winning all 5 games and losing the Championship to a team who may only have won four games, but secured a handful of bonus points, the powers that be have introduced a Quidditch style bonus award of 3 points for the Union that secures the coveted Grand Slam. 

This trial hopes to promote a more attacking style of play and to make the match result a far more important influence on where each team ends up sitting on the leader board at the close of Super Saturday. 

And so the 6 Biscuits are poised, all set for another epic Championship…

First up at 14.25pm sees Scotland defending BT Murrayfield against the mighty Irish-All Blacks-slayers (#SCOvIRE), with current Champs, England, looking to increase their record match-win-run-rate (standing at 14 back-to-back wins) against France at HQ at 16:50pm (#ENGvFRA). The final game of the opening weekend is on Sunday, as Wales will be hoping for a good win against Italy in Rome at 14:00pm (#ITAvWAL). 

Let’s get ready to C-R-U-M-B-L-E!!!!!


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#RBS6Nations Round 1 round up

What a thrilling start to the tournament!  imageAt the end of round 1, England sit atop the championship table and a draw at the Aviva Stadium today means there are only two teams who can still get their hands on the coveted Grand Slam.

Here is a visual round up of the weekend’s activities courtesy of your friends, the Six Biscuits…

High expectations for Round 2!

 

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…

May the best biscuit win!DSC_5993

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

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