A rejuvenated Finn Russell, back in the mix with Scotland and leading by example, putting in a Player of the Match display as Scotland tore apart Wales. “If we don’t beat France, then to beat Ireland at home is a must-win game to have a chance of winning. Me and Gregor are working really closely.” 🗣 Scotland fly-half Finn Russell tells @ugomonye & @chjones9 how he rebuilt his relationship with head coach Gregor Townsend. When it comes down to it though, it will not really be Russell against Ntamack, but more a question of whether the Scotland fly-half can break down Shaun Edwards’ defensive system. Ireland managed to do so in Dublin, with the help of some good field position from the aforementioned French over-playing.
And with a clutch of Guinness Six Nations stars returning from injury, there is plenty to keep your eye on this weekend. So here is a rundown of each nation’s plans as preparations continue for the resumption next weekend. EnglandHead coach Steve Borthwick will lead a three-day training camp in Teddington in preparation for their trip to Principality Stadium next Saturday. They will be joined by Toulon’s Dan Biggar which means five of Gatland’s Guinness Six Nations squad will travel back to their English clubs. Christ Tshiunza and Dafydd Jenkins will be back in Exeter but will not take to the field with the Chiefs on a rest week of their own.1 month ago Six Nations Rugby
With five rounds and 15 matches of action over the next seven weeks, it is critical that your Fantasy team gets off to a strong start. The complete guide to Guinness Six Nations Fantasy RugbyNew opportunities to rack up your score include lineout steals (7 points) and assists (worth 7 points). Fantasy Rugby: The must-have back three playersSo the big question, who to invest your 245 stars in for Round 1? The complete guide to Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Pick 4For the Kicker I’ll be looking at Thomas Ramos or Johnny Sexton (Smith & Farrell both options, but who will get the tee?). My Team For Round OneFollow The Fantasy Rugby Geek on Twitter or visit www.fantasyrugbygeek.com and play in the Fantasy Rugby Geek Leagues.1 month ago Six Nations Rugby
WalesWarren Gatland has named his first Wales squad since returning as head coach ahead of the Guinness Six Nations opener with Ireland on Saturday. His first game back in charge will be a big challenge, as Wales grapple with the prospect of taking on the world no.1 side Ireland in Cardiff. There is a lot of excitement about Hawkins, who earned his solitary Wales cap in Wayne Pivac’s final match in charge against Australia, with the 20-year-old expected to be a key member of the Wales squad for the next decade. The Lowdown: WalesSpeaking about his new prospect at inside centre, Gatland said: “We’ve picked Joe at 12. They’re pretty excited about playing this first game at home.”Having form players in that squad will be a key – and there are no players more in form for Wales than Morgan right now.1 month ago Six Nations Rugby
Having been conditioned to despise the England rugby team from birth, any triumph over their nearest and dearest was one to savour. “Going down to Wales was a bit of a graveyard for England in those days,” recalled Winterbottom. “I will never forget Gavin’s kick, it was just an incredible moment in Welsh rugby history. 10 years ago this #GuinnessSixNations#WelshRugby pic.twitter.com/HgtDC7bExm — Welsh Rugby Union 🏴 (@WelshRugbyUnion) February 23, 2023“I remember the press gathering to talk to a few players from either side post-match. “For many of the England players this week, the opportunity to win in Cardiff is just massive,” said Winterbottom.1 month ago Six Nations Rugby
It was an interesting question, and one that Les Bleus will consider ahead of their bid to back up their Grand Slam in 2022 with another crown. So as France prepare to embark on the defence of their crown or their tilt at another title, what does it take to defend the Guinness Six Nations? We spoke to players from the three most recent teams to have achieved it:England scrum-half Danny Care, who won the Grand Slam in 2016 and followed it up with a second title in 2017. Grand Slam Years: England 2016 Want to relive the Grand Slam @EnglandRugby fans? It was brilliant.”Jamie Roberts: “That England game, I’m not sure Cardiff has seen a greater day since.1 month ago Six Nations Rugby
The Sale Sharks talent starts at openside flanker, with Greg Fisilau moving to No.8. Tristan Woodman (Sale Sharks), 8. Robert Carmichael (Leicester Tigers), 20. Joshua Manz (Leicester Tigers), 21. Nye Thomas (Sale Sharks), 22.1 month ago U20 Six Nations
In Italy, Valsugana prevailed in a hard-fought blockbuster, while Munster are one win away from defending their Interpros crown. The faces you make when you beat the champions in front of more than 2000 cheering Chiefs fans! Elsewhere, a London derby saw Harlequins run out 71-0 victors over Wasps ahead of Quins facing Gloucester-Hartpury next weekend. Stefan try enough to keep Valsugana on topSofia Stefan gave reigning champions Valsugana a crucial 5-3 win over Arredissima Villorba at the top of the Eccellenza Femminile. Munster one away from defending titleMunster were victorious in the eagerly-awaited match-up with Leinster in the Interpros, the 14-time champions claiming a 26-17 win.2 months ago TikTok Women's Six Nations