2017 Six Nations Championship
The 2017 six nations are nearly upon us! And here at Henry J Socks, we are getting very excited, so we thought we would let you know our thoughts about the tournament.
The Six Nations is one of the most followed rugby union tournaments in the world and runs every year from the start of February to mid/end of March. Six teams battle it out to become champions.
This year they have made a few changes to the championship and have added a bonus point system. Last year you were rewarded 2 points for a win, but this Year (2017) a win will be rewarded with 4 points plus an extra 2 if they score 4 or more tries.
A losing team can also secure 2 bonus points by either scoring 4 or more tries or lose by fewer than 7 points.
These new bonus points could make the game more attacking and exciting, but we may need our calculators on the last day of the six nations.
Here are our thoughts on each team, we have also picked out a player to watch out for:
England- The bookies favourite to win the 2017 Six Nations; England have been on a hot streak recently and have been breaking records on the way. England is unbeaten in 14 games and is taking some serious form into the six nations. The ones to Beat!
England’s player to watch out for:
Name: Maro Itoje
Caps for England:7
France- France can be a strong team, but it just depends on which team turns up! They might find it difficult having three away games this year and two of them against strong opposition in England and Ireland. Recent form is a mixed bag, beaten convincingly by New Zealand but went close against Australia back in November 2016.
Frances player to watch out for:
Name: Noa Nakaitaci
Caps for France:10
Club: Clermont Auvergne
Ireland- Ireland are looking seriously sharp and play England at the Aviva Stadium on the last day of the championship which could be the key to Ireland’s success. They have some very inform players and have recently shown superb form as a team. On the 5th of November, they took their game against New Zealand to Soldier Field (Chicago, USA) and it worked out to be a good idea as they beat the world number ones 40-29. They did go on to lose the next game at the Aviva Stadium against New Zealand.
Irelands player to watch out for:
Name: Robbie Henshaw
Position: Centre/ Full Back
Caps for Ireland:24
Italy- From looking at past results of the six nations we find it difficult to see Italy being a major player these six nations, they have won the wooden spoon on eleven occasions which is the most out of any team. They have recently installed a new head coach (Conor O’Shea) who has been very successful over his career with London Irish and Harlequins. The Italians are hoping he can help them compete in the 2017 six nations.
Italy’s player to watch out for-
Name: Sergio Parisse
Caps for Italy: 122
Scotland- It’s the last six nations before Scotland’s head coach Vern Cotter stands down, so he will be hoping to go out with a bang. Scotland over the last couple of years have been improving and are starting to reach the top of their game. The Scottish teams are also performing very well in the Champions Cup and in the Guinness Pro 12 which they will be looking to mirror in the six nations.
Name: Finn Russell
Position: Fly half/centre
Caps for Scotland:22
Club: Glasgow Warriors
Wales- Wales will be playing these six nations without their head coach Warren Gatland as he is focusing his time on the Lions tour, which means Wales rugby legend Rob Howley will take over as Head Coach. Sam Warburton has also stood down as captain, and Alun Wyn Jones has stood up to take on captaincy. Wales have some pretty good form going into this year six nations with wins over South Africa, Japan, and Argentina but Australia managed to put a few points on them. It looks like the roof will be closed on the Principality Stadium which will give a huge advantage to the Welsh team for their home games.
Name: Scott Williams
Caps for Wales: 41
Let us know your predictions for this year’s six nations and other players you think we should watch out for.
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