Six Nations - 2011

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

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?

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  • I thought it was Wales v England on friday   imageimage
  • Yes, it is Wales vs England on Friday!
  • Oops! image

    Ahem...

    Wales v. England at 19:45!

  • *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.

  • 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..

  • England to beat Wales this Friday,Win the 6 Nations & go on to win the World Cup in NZ.
  • BRT you may be right on the first two...but i think the the third may be a bit too far fetched...sadlyimage
  • 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?

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

  • 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)

  • 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. image
  • 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 image and a beer image

  • 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 image

  • 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. image
    Noted!
  • 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. image
    image image I hope for your sake you don't have to...
  • RatzerRatzer ✭✭✭

    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...!!!

  • 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 image and a beer image

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

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

  • Little Nemo - In Physio wrote (see)

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


    image 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 image (What's all that about?) with the lamentable Italiens bringing up the rear yet again!

    'Swing low sweet chariot...'

  • Scotland to finish ahead of an ageing Ireland...
  • I think Scotland will finish above Wales and Ireland this year but will probably go for the now traditional trouncing by Italy.

    England don't have a first place finish in them!
  • Like the first post, I think it'll go:

    France

    Ireland

    England

    Wales

    Scotland

    Italy.

  • *bounce bounce*

    Good work on the anthem, FF image

    I have a Waitrose ready-meal (and a lager!) in the fridge so I'm all set for this evening!

    My brother bought me a new French jersey* when he was in Paris so I'm not sure whether I should christen it tonight or wait until the French game tomorrow.

    * thankfully not one of those skintight lycra ones image

  • I hope everyone plays to the same rules.  In a lot of games recently it seems the ref has a completely different rulebook - or someone has scribbled over the pages which relate to the scrummage.
  • Do they still have scrums ?  I thought they fanny about a bit and then all fall over
  • Any more predictions for this weekend's matches?

    I'm going for a narrow England win over Wales, Ireland to thump Italy and France to eventually wake up and sneak past Scotland.

    ALLEZ LES BLEUES! image

  • Wales, France, Ireland to win this weekend.

    If Wales play like they did for part of the game against the all blacks they will win the 6N.   England  played some good stuff but also some average stuff in the autumn  - think they will have a mixed campaign. Ireland will need to magic up a front row from somewhere in order to compete with the big boys.

  • Little Nemo - In Physio wrote (see)

    My brother bought me a new French jersey* when he was in Paris so I'm not sure whether I should christen it tonight or wait until the French game tomorrow.

    * thankfully not one of those skintight lycra ones image

    Are you French LN?  Why otherwise would you want to wear a French shirt?  imageimage
  • I'm going to have to miss the first half!  Have to pick my kids up!  Grrrr!!
  • Feck me .. how big was that bloke that just walked past Inverdale? !!
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