Here at Eventful Stays we are big rugby fans and have been looking forward to the 6 Nations with interest and trepidation. But who is going to win this year’s competition? We have taken a look at the teams and made our predictions of who will win. Why not let us know what you think and whether you agree or disagree with our predictions and what your thoughts are on the rugby witnessed throughout the event?
England have been going through a transition over the past few years and a rebuilding exercise. After a brilliant performance against Australia in the autumn hopes are high for the ‘new look’ England team in the 6 Nations. England has however, suffered a couple of injuries including influential captain and flanker Lewis Moody who will be unavailable for the first few matches of the tournament. Eventful Stays’ one to watch is scrum half Ben Youngs and his brilliant passing.
Wales have been struggling lately; they haven’t won a game in 7 matches and were most recently defeated by England in the first 6 Nations match at the Millennium Stadium. Not a good start for the solid 6 Nations performance they were hoping for. This trend could be because they are currently missing their two British Lions props, Gethan Jenkins and Adam Jones, which will be a big blow for the team. Eventful Stays’ one to watch, however, is winger Shane Williams as his pace is the undoing of many teams.
Scotland are an improving side under coach Andy Robinson and drew a tense game with England at last year’s 6 Nations tournament. Scotland have beaten both Australia and South Africa over the last two years highlighting that they are a match for anyone on the day. Eventful Stays’ one to watch is goal kicker Chris Paterson who returns to the squad and whose reliable boot will ensure points on the board for Scotland.
Ireland will be playing this year’s 6 Nations at their new stadium in Dublin. Ireland still has the majority of the experienced and knowledgeable grand slam winning team of 2009 and possess the greatest 6 Nations player ever in Brian O’Driscoll. Eventful Stays’ one to watch is fly-half Jonny Sexton who is emerging from Ronan O’Gara’s shadow.
France are last year’s grand slam winners, but have the ability to go from the sublime to the ridiculous as demonstrated by their 59-16 thrashing by Australia in the autumn in Paris. Eventful Stays’ one to watch is flanker Sebastien Chabal whose rampaging runs can terrify his opponents.
Italy have a reputation of being the 6 Nations whipping boys. However, at last year’s 6 Nations they beat Scotland and were unlucky not to beat England. Eventful Stays’ one to watch is back row Mauro Bergamasco, who has long been Italy’s finest player.
Eventful Stays Prediction
Having beaten Wales at the Millennium Stadium in the first 6 Nations match, we believe that England have a chance of going all the way. Our prediction of the finishing table is:
Do you agree?