As the Six Nations starts once again all of Wales, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, France and England will battle it out for one of Rugby’s most prestigious crowns. Wales are the reigning winners, whilst Italy have finished last the past four competitions in a row. Will they once again fall flat against the other ‘bigger nations’, or will they put on a fight this time around and display a bit of heart? Or will it be Wales who are once again the envy of the five other participating nations? We’ll have to wait and see. And we have all your Six Nations Rugby tips and information right here. Everything you need to know is right here, ahead of this tournaments beginning.
Wales play Italy first up. This should probably prove to be one of the more lopsided games in this years edition. If it’s anything but a big Wales win, then it’ll be a shock, that’s for sure!
Next up is Ireland and Scotland. The Scott’s were whipped 24-3 when these two teams last played, in the World Cup. Expect a heated affair with a few big ‘bone-rattlers’ to start us of with.
To conclude the opening round, we have England playing France. These two sides game was cancelled in Japan and we as the fans missed out on what would’ve been a real spectacle. Expect both top-tier nations to put on a show in an attempt to make up for what didn’t happen last year.
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Six Nations Rugby Tips – Sunday, February 2
Wales v Italy
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff | Start: 1:15 AM
Rob Howley, the ex-Wales head coach, the man who is currently in the process of serving an 18 month ban for breaches of betting regulation, has been linked to a role at the Wasps. He is free to return to Rugby from the 16th of June this year and is currently competing for a backs and attacks coaching role. Rumour has it, he is vying for it along with three other contenders. In other news, Wales prop Jones, has re-signed with Ospreys on a new two-year deal. He has been capped 17 times by Wales and is currently dealing with injury complications. However, his aim is to be fit and firing for the start of the 2020/21 season. As per Jones- “I feel I have really developed my game here over the last few seasons, especially with someone like Duncan Jones on the staff at the Ospreys.” If he feels like he has gotten better and better where he is currently, then the best thing he could’ve possibly done is re-signed with them. Good on him.
Wales have a strong and recent dominant history against Italy. Over the past four clashes which they have contested against one another, the Welsh have won all of them by an average of 28.5 points per game. The last time they met one another was at the Stadio Olimpico last year, their Wales won, 26-15. The try tally ended at two each, but Wales made their kicks count. And Wales did well to claim the 11-point win given they had only 45% of the ball in the 2nd half (they had 56% possession overall). They (Wales) made 387 m’s to Italy’s 306 and beat 17 defenders to their 13. They missed just 13 tackles to their 17 and they converted 4/4 penalty kicks, Italy only converted theirs at a 50% rate, 1/2. 109 Rucks to 103 were won by the Welsh. They also won four line-outs to one. This was a classy, suffocating performance on their part.
Head to Head: Wales
Win Margin: Wales 20+
Line: Wales -12
Total Points: 30-40
Ireland v Scotland
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin | Start: 3:45 AM
Will Cooney or Murray start? That’s one of the big questions headed into the Irish’s opening game this round. Will Larmour start? He suffered a foot injury recently whilst playing Benetton. Various media/news outlets are reporting he may be in serious doubt for this one. But perhaps, even if fit, Addison may be the better defensive-minded option at fullback. This may mean, that if Larmour does feature, he will do so on the wing. Will Conway get the nod over Earls? Stockdale will more then likely be retained given what he offers the side. Dillane, Toner or Deegan? That is another question being asked of the Irish bench. And if so, would that mean potentially omitting O’Mahony? One thing is for sure. Everyone is keenly awaiting to see how they look come game time vs Scotland.
Ireland have won three of the past three games they’ve contested against Scotland. The first one was by 24 points, 27-3. The second one was by nine points, 22-13. And the third one was by 20 points, 28-8. The earliest game they’ve played was this year, played at the International Stadium Yokohoma. Their Scotland were kept to a solitary Laidlaw penalty goal in the embarrassing thrashing. Ireland kept the ball rolling and moving with four tries to nil. They owned 51% of the ball vs Scotland’s 49%. Ireland made 393 m’s to their 301. They beat 17 defenders to their eight. They had a big 13 clean breaks to their paltry three. They only turned the ball over 12 times to their 16. They won 96 rucks to their 94. And they won a massive 10 scrums to their one. Ireland were all over the Scots in this one, 100%.
Head to Head: Ireland
Win Margin: Ireland 5-10
Line: Ireland -6
Total Points: 20-30
Six Nations Rugby Tips – Monday , February 3
France v England
Venue: Stade de France, Paris | Start: 2:00 AM
Eddie Jones has sensationally claimed that Frances ‘youth policy’ could backfire on them when these two teams contest their opening Six Nations clash later on next week. New French head-man-in-charge Galthie has named 19 players with no senior international experience in his 42-man squad. The average age of his team is just 24 years of age. The fact that the World Cup in three years’ time will be held in France has helped to shape his selection process. Jones was quoted as saying “They’ve gone with youth. And they might be wrong, they might be right. We don’t know but it’s going to test those young players because they will have never have played against a brutal physicality and intensity that we are going to play with on Sunday.” Only time will tell whether Jones comments ring true or not.
The past three sides between these sides have been split all three ways. The latest match was cancelled in the World Cup hosted in Japan last year. That meant that it ended in a 0-0 draw. 44-8 Was the score when these two fierce rivals were actually able to take to the field against one another. England were victorious on that dreadful day at Twickenham for the French. Before that France came away with a tight and desiscive 22-16 victory at Stade de France in 2018. The latest 36-point humbling saw only Penaud score for the French that match. May scored three that game for England, as they scored a massive five tries to one overall. England owned 47% of the ball throughout the game and France 53%. The English claimed the comprehensive win despite making only 431 m’s to their 557. They also beat just 16 defenders to the French’s 33. They had only nine clean breaks to their 22. They turned the ball over 21 times and missed 33 tackles to their 16. The list goes on and on and on. The fact that England claimed such a big win, despite all that went against them, is a credit to them and what their programme is all about.
Head to Head: England
Win Margin: England 8-13
Line: England -5
Total Points: 30-35