Six Nations - 2011

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01/02/2011 at 13:05

It all kicks off with Wales v. France at 19:45 this Friday!

Here's how they finished last year:

France
Ireland
England
Wales
Scotland
Italy

France were lucky to get a Grand Slam last year and they were squished by Australia in the autumn so I don't think they'll win the Championship this year. I think England will win, with Ireland and France competing for second place. Italy for the wooden spoon.

Last big chance for coaches to try out their sides ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand in the autumn. Here's hoping that Lievremont picks a settled side and stops messing about with the 9 & 10 positions. No more Damien Traille!

What are your hopes and predictions?

01/02/2011 at 13:07
I thought it was Wales v England on friday  
01/02/2011 at 13:09
Yes, it is Wales vs England on Friday!
01/02/2011 at 13:12

Oops!

Ahem...

Wales v. England at 19:45!

01/02/2011 at 13:13

*bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce*

I somehow managed to miss most of the Autumn internationals and as I don't subscribe to satellite TV I'm woefully out of the loop- that said it seems to have been a steady tale of woe from the Wales camp in terms of injuries.

It will be interesting to see if there is any improvement in the scrummaging:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bendirs/2011/01/on_tuesday_the_my_dad.html

... and I also hope to see a further improvement in the Italian team, it seems every year they are that bit closer to being contenders rather than the whipping boys of the tournament.

01/02/2011 at 13:14

England to start with the advantage due to Wales missing Jones and Jenkins in the front row.

This may be the tightest six nation for a while.....no stand out team and as you say a world cup around the corner..

01/02/2011 at 13:14
England to beat Wales this Friday,Win the 6 Nations & go on to win the World Cup in NZ.
01/02/2011 at 13:17
BRT you may be right on the first two...but i think the the third may be a bit too far fetched...sadly
01/02/2011 at 13:18

Someone I know at work has tickets for the game on Friday.

I'm SO jealous!

I'd like to see Italy improve a bit more, maybe having a couple of teams in the Magners League will have made a difference?

01/02/2011 at 13:20

Surely the World Cup is going to be won by New Zealand, BRT! They can't crack again

01/02/2011 at 13:29

Can't wait!!! At a surprise 40th on friday, already said i'll be in the corner watching the game (OH and his mates are all about football)

GKD
01/02/2011 at 13:33
BRT wrote (see)
England to beat Wales this Friday,Win the 6 Nations & go on to win the World Cup in NZ.

     If that happens I'll eat my own arse. On Youtube.
GKD
01/02/2011 at 13:34

I'm not so keen on Friday games so I'm glad this is going to be the last one, at least for the next few years.

Not enough time for me to get home and sort dinner out before the match starts - may have to have a takeaway  and a beer

01/02/2011 at 13:36

The Welsh are certainly getting the excuses in  regarding injury well in advance.

Couple of people from the office are going & they have even been giving it'yeah,you should hammer us' etc etc,not often the Welsh are that honest

01/02/2011 at 13:36
Lirish wrote (see)
BRT wrote (see)
England to beat Wales this Friday,Win the 6 Nations & go on to win the World Cup in NZ.

     If that happens I'll eat my own arse. On Youtube.

Noted!
01/02/2011 at 13:37
Lirish wrote (see)
BRT wrote (see)
England to beat Wales this Friday,Win the 6 Nations & go on to win the World Cup in NZ.

     If that happens I'll eat my own arse. On Youtube.

  I hope for your sake you don't have to...
01/02/2011 at 15:17

WALES! WALES!

Amazing how it's descended from Calon Lan to simply repeating the country name, isn't it, like, boyo?

Well, I'll be supporting my boys in red, but don't expect them to beat England, and my prediction is England for the 6 nations when France slip up against whoever's at the bottom of the table at the time.  Can't see France beating England in twickers, either.  England might lose in Ireland denying anyone a Slam.

Can't believe the trains on Friday...!!!

01/02/2011 at 15:39
Little Nemo - In Physio wrote (see)

I'm not so keen on Friday games so I'm glad this is going to be the last one, at least for the next few years.

Not enough time for me to get home and sort dinner out before the match starts - may have to have a takeaway  and a beer

Nothing wrong with a takeaway and a beer on a Friday night!

My OH is keener than me, but I do find it way more entertaining than wendyball, which I wouldn't watch at any price!

01/02/2011 at 16:18
Little Nemo - In Physio wrote (see)

Surely the World Cup is going to be won by New Zealand, BRT! They can't crack again


 Chokers!  <snigger>

Too close to call this year.  No Grand Slam, No Triple Crown, but a toss up between Ireland and England at the top of the heap.  France third, Wales forth, Scotland, who appear to be improving under Robinson  (What's all that about?) with the lamentable Italiens bringing up the rear yet again!

'Swing low sweet chariot...'

01/02/2011 at 19:19
Scotland to finish ahead of an ageing Ireland...
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