Six Nations 2017



  • Thought we may need a thread for predictions. happenings, mini match followings etc for the upcoming tourney.

    Fixtures
    Week 1

    Scotland v Ireland Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
    England v France Twickenham Stadium, London
    Italy v Wales Stadio Olimpico, Rome

    Week 2

    Italy v Ireland Stadio Olimpico, Rome
    Wales v England Principality Stadium, Cardiff
    France v Scotland Stade de France, Paris

    Week 3

    Scotland v Wales Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
    Ireland v France Aviva Stadium, Dublin
    England v Italy Twickenham Stadium, London

    Week 4

    Wales v Ireland Principality Stadium, Cardiff
    Italy v France Stadio Olimpico, Rome
    England v Scotland Twickenham Stadium, London

    Week 5

    Scotland v Italy Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
    France v Wales Stade de France, Paris
    Ireland v England Aviva Stadium, Dublin

    While many are expecting this to culminate in a showdown between England and Ireland in Dublin in the last game I wouldn't be surprised if France throw a cat among the pigeons in the first round. England will be going into that game with quite a bit of their pack unavailable and other options being limited.
    Currently, I think the situations is that both Billy and Mako Vunipola , George Kruis, Joe Launchbury and Chris Robshaw are all confirmed out of the first round. Add to that Dylan Hartley will have had very little rugby in the lead up and Manu Tuilagi is now no longer a backup midfield option. James Haskell is also currently injured so has little time to get match fit.
    I'm sure Eddie has plans to cover them but it isn't as if he has built the depth he wants just yet. The Vunipolas are probably the biggest loss with a reduction of front foot ball likely.
    I wonder if the Frogs can summon up enough interest in playing away to have a really good crack at this match?



  • Yep, the England injury crisis is huge. Even more so when you consider Itoje, Robshaw & Billy are probably their players of the year.

    Nathan Hughes looked ok the other day & should hopefully get then on the front foot, but Robshaw is a huge loss from a cleaning up the mess point of view. He's been Ruben Thorne like this year (and I mean that in a good way).



  • I hate it when we get these predictions of an England v whoever as the crunch match. This may have had some substance back in the Nineties when France and England were regularly both a cut above but even then the competition was always much more closely contested than that. Nowadays such showboating in the press is just embarrassing. As Crucial said, France will be a good shout of pissing all over the Ireland v England "showdown". Add to that both England and Ireland have Wales in Cardiff, so both teams being unbeaten at the end of the tournament is far from certain. Scotland also have improved considerably and with the Glasgow influence are more than capable of putting a spanner in the works.

    Having said all that i will make my predictions for week one and reserve further predictions until after the first round:

    Ireland favourites v Scotland, but this may be one Scotland are targeting. Close but Ireland to win.

    England v France is a binary option for me depending upon the old cliche of which France turns up. Either close to France or comfortable for England, but buggered if I would put money on either option.

    I can't see past anything but a Welsh win in Italy.



  • @Crucial I understand that both Vunipolas are out of the EPS January squad but Kruis, Launchbury and Robshaw are all in.



  • @Catogrande

    Launchbury missing the first one. Robshaw is in but waiting on a scan to see how fecked his shoulder is. Kruis has got a cracked cheek so might make it.

    So if Robshaw doesn't make Kruis & Lawes locking with Hughes, Itoje & Wood in the backrow isn't bad...



  • @gollum said in Six Nations 2017:

    @Catogrande

    Launchbury missing the first one. Robshaw is in but waiting on a scan to see how fecked his shoulder is. Kruis has got a cracked cheek so might make it.

    So if Robshaw doesn't make Kruis & Lawes locking with Hughes, Itoje & Wood in the backrow isn't bad...

    But will the bench still have strength? All very well moving players up to cover but it is the depth that can be the killer.
    The Hartley situation is interesting as well. EJ is going to reach a point where what Hartley brings to the table as captain (and he has actually done a good job) won't outweigh his ranking in the position. EJ is desperate to keep him in the squad though as there is a gulf to the third hooker. For this game there is probably no desire for a makeshift captain so despite the better option of having him start from the bench (given his lack of matchplay) he will probably start.

    EDIT: I agree with @Catogrande on this being too weird to call but may be tempted on putting something on France if the odds are cocky



  • @gollum The Evening Standard (beacon of fine journalism) has Launchbury back playing for Wasps on the 14th. If so that leaves us with him, Lawes, Itoje, Ewels and potentially Kruis. I'm happy with that. The back row is looking shaky though. Hughes is now nailed on, Wood has been playing very well but then it looks a bit thin without Robshaw. Harrison hasn't impressed although there must be something that Eddie sees in him. After that it is down to some tyros and Itoje.Whilst it is a shame about Yuilagi being injured yet again, he hasn't been a part of things much at all under Eddie so not such a loss. To be honest I'm not sure I'd pick him anyway. 😑



  • @Catogrande said in Six Nations 2017:

    @gollum The Evening Standard (beacon of fine journalism) has Launchbury back playing for Wasps on the 14th. If so that leaves us with him, Lawes, Itoje, Ewels and potentially Kruis. I'm happy with that. The back row is looking shaky though. Hughes is now nailed on, Wood has been playing very well but then it looks a bit thin without Robshaw. Harrison hasn't impressed although there must be something that Eddie sees in him. After that it is down to some tyros and Itoje.Whilst it is a shame about Yuilagi being injured yet again, he hasn't been a part of things much at all under Eddie so not such a loss. To be honest I'm not sure I'd pick him anyway. 😑

    I'd think MT would be a nice bench option to have against tiring defences. Provides the option of moving Farrell in later in the game for control and setting MT up to bend the line and make life easier for the tiring forwards



  • @Crucial said in Six Nations 2017:

    @Catogrande said in Six Nations 2017:

    @gollum The Evening Standard (beacon of fine journalism) has Launchbury back playing for Wasps on the 14th. If so that leaves us with him, Lawes, Itoje, Ewels and potentially Kruis. I'm happy with that. The back row is looking shaky though. Hughes is now nailed on, Wood has been playing very well but then it looks a bit thin without Robshaw. Harrison hasn't impressed although there must be something that Eddie sees in him. After that it is down to some tyros and Itoje.Whilst it is a shame about Yuilagi being injured yet again, he hasn't been a part of things much at all under Eddie so not such a loss. To be honest I'm not sure I'd pick him anyway. 😑

    I'd think MT would be a nice bench option to have against tiring defences. Provides the option of moving Farrell in later in the game for control and setting MT up to bend the line and make life easier for the tiring forwards

    For sure he could be useful but who would you leave out? Eddie always favours a 5/3 split on the bench, take one away for the scrum half and you have two guys to cover midfield, wing and full back.. If we had Nowell and Watson on the wings, either could cover FB which would allow Daly to cover 12/13 and wing, so a spot for MT is viable, but with Yarde and May on the wings, then less so.



  • @Catogrande

    I really think Itoje will end up at 6, or even 7 a fair bit this 6 nations.



  • @gollum It's not something I'd want but it wouldn't surprise me.



  • Hoping France go well myself. The tournament is not the same when they are duelling with Italy for the wooden spoon.



  • @Catogrande said in Six Nations 2017:

    @Crucial said in Six Nations 2017:

    @Catogrande said in Six Nations 2017:

    @gollum The Evening Standard (beacon of fine journalism) has Launchbury back playing for Wasps on the 14th. If so that leaves us with him, Lawes, Itoje, Ewels and potentially Kruis. I'm happy with that. The back row is looking shaky though. Hughes is now nailed on, Wood has been playing very well but then it looks a bit thin without Robshaw. Harrison hasn't impressed although there must be something that Eddie sees in him. After that it is down to some tyros and Itoje.Whilst it is a shame about Yuilagi being injured yet again, he hasn't been a part of things much at all under Eddie so not such a loss. To be honest I'm not sure I'd pick him anyway. 😑

    I'd think MT would be a nice bench option to have against tiring defences. Provides the option of moving Farrell in later in the game for control and setting MT up to bend the line and make life easier for the tiring forwards

    For sure he could be useful but who would you leave out? Eddie always favours a 5/3 split on the bench, take one away for the scrum half and you have two guys to cover midfield, wing and full back.. If we had Nowell and Watson on the wings, either could cover FB which would allow Daly to cover 12/13 and wing, so a spot for MT is viable, but with Yarde and May on the wings, then less so.

    You know the players far better than I but when you have Farrell at 12 then the bench can have a halfback, an outside back and a centre.
    I agree that this relies on having versatile outside backs.
    I never like it when NZ goes into a match with patchy cover for the centres (which happens a bit more now we don't have DC able to slide out one)



  • Ooh a new Six Nations topic already.

    What might make this year's tourney more interesting is the addition of bonus points - particularly if every team loses a match before final round.

    In theory, Wales should top the table after Round 1 as being the most likely to get a TBP point, and other losing teams might get an LBP. But it's a bit of lottery in the first game up.

    Which France turn up at Twickenham is the key question where they haven't won in donkeys.

    Ireland tend to start strong but a resurgent Scotland in Murrayfield may be a lot closer result. Injuries aren't too bad for Ireland with just Dillane, Payne, Olding, Carbery, Ross, D Kearney, McFadden unlikely to be available currently. 1 league and 2 Euro Cup matches to go could change that picture.

    Wales are notorious poor starters but should still get over the line unless O'Shea can pulls some rabbit out of a hat.



  • @Pot-Hale said in Six Nations 2017:

    Ooh a new Six Nations topic already.

    What might make this year's tourney more interesting is the addition of bonus points - particularly if every team loses a match before final round.

    In theory, Wales should top the table after Round 1 as being the most likely to get a TBP point, and other losing teams might get an LBP. But it's a bit of lottery in the first game up.

    Which France turn up at Twickenham is the key question where they haven't won in donkeys.

    Ireland tend to start strong but a resurgent Scotland in Murrayfield may be a lot closer result. Injuries aren't too bad for Ireland with just Dillane, Payne, Olding, Carbery, Ross, D Kearney, McFadden unlikely to be available currently. 1 league and 2 Euro Cup matches to go could change that picture.

    Wales are notorious poor starters but should still get over the line unless O'Shea can pulls some rabbit out of a hat.

    Surely Ross and McFadden are permanently out of the Irish picture, no?



  • @Billy-Tell said in Six Nations 2017:

    @Pot-Hale said in Six Nations 2017:

    Ooh a new Six Nations topic already.

    What might make this year's tourney more interesting is the addition of bonus points - particularly if every team loses a match before final round.

    In theory, Wales should top the table after Round 1 as being the most likely to get a TBP point, and other losing teams might get an LBP. But it's a bit of lottery in the first game up.

    Which France turn up at Twickenham is the key question where they haven't won in donkeys.

    Ireland tend to start strong but a resurgent Scotland in Murrayfield may be a lot closer result. Injuries aren't too bad for Ireland with just Dillane, Payne, Olding, Carbery, Ross, D Kearney, McFadden unlikely to be available currently. 1 league and 2 Euro Cup matches to go could change that picture.

    Wales are notorious poor starters but should still get over the line unless O'Shea can pulls some rabbit out of a hat.

    Surely Ross and McFadden are permanently out of the Irish picture, no?

    They're still in the wider squad for this year. I'd never say never.



  • When the the Stadium in Cardiff get renamed?



  • Well, yesterday the Evening Standard had Launchbury back for the match on the 14th; today the BBC has him missing the first 6N match on the 4th Feb. Hmmm.



  • @Hooroo said in Six Nations 2017:

    When the the Stadium in Cardiff get renamed?

    1 January 2016



  • @Hooroo said in Six Nations 2017:

    When the the Stadium in Cardiff get renamed?

    I wondered that as well. January 2016 apparently (we are only a year behind - well a bit more for me as it still the Arms Park I reckon).

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/wales/34187065


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