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2021 Guinness Six Nations – Latest News & Updates

2021 Guinness Six Nations

The 2021 Guinness Six Nations – Latest News & Updates

France v Wales – Wales can secure the Grand Slam in Paris

Wales thumped Italy 48-7 to set up the possibility of a 5th Grand Slam and potentially the first to be completed on away soil. The seven tries by Wales were spread about the team, with Ken Owens scoring an unlikely double and the home side powered to a 27-0 first half lead before seeing out the game comfortably. England found themselves on the right side of a close game on Saturday as Maro Itoje lead from the front and powered through to secure a late winner, with TMO confirming the ball was down and over the line. France have now lost their unbeaten run and still have an extra game to play after the Scotland game in round 3 was postponed due to a covid outbreak in the France team.

Forget the fact that it’s hosted behind closed doors, there’s still plenty of key fixtures to look forward to. England will play for pride now and will be wary of an Irish side on Super Saturday with their tales up after beating Scotland 27-24 at BT Murrayfield. Eddie Jones’ side will be scratching their heads as to how the tournament got away with them so quickly.

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Six Nations Preview

England and France were the form teams heading into the Six Nations. England having won last years Championship and the inaugural Autumns Nations Cup, will be looking to follow up with successive wins but also improve the quality of the rugby they play as a squad. Eddie Jones earlier this week outlined their willingness to play a brand of rugby which will excite fans.

“Maybe we haven’t played as well as we could have – and we want to play better,” Jones said. “Our goal in the Six Nations is to play better rugby. It doesn’t matter how many times you kick the ball, it’s the quality of rugby you play.”

France will want to follow up on last years success and will have been given a boost knowing they took England right to the wire in the Autumn Nations Cup Final with a team which was predominately made up of under 20’s and reserves. There is plenty of talent in this French team and they now have a defensive steel to boot. Watch out for ‘Les Bleus’.

Ireland and Wales will have been disappointed with their performance’s at the back end of the tournament in 2020  and as both squads are under new management at the start of this new World Cup cycle every player will be fired up and looking to cement his position for the long term.

Key fixtures

The Key battle this year will be between England and France at Twickenham. In week 3 of the Championship this fixture is at Twickenham however with no fans in attendance will England feel the home field advantage? The French shocked the English in the opening game of the Six Nations in 2020 which was played just after the 2019 World Cup Final. Unfortunately we all remember England narrowly losing to South Africa on that momentous occasion. Fans were expecting a response from Eddie Jones’s men however it was the French who in front of a packed Stade de France played some scintillating attacking rugby. Led by the two stand offs Antonie Dupont (9) and Romain Ntamack (10) The French rugby team tore through the English defence to rack up 24 points without a response. The second half belonged to England however it was too little too late and the rampant French deserved the spoils.

Ireland under Andy Farrell and Wales under the guidance of Wayne Pivac are both undergoing change. The senior figures are now looking to stamp their signature on the squad and the brand and systems of the rugby they want to play. Of the two it is Pivac who is under the most amount of pressure, taking over from Warren Gatland the most successful Welsh coach of all time. Between 2007 and 2019, Wales won four Six Nations titles, including three Grand Slams, and reached the semi-finals of the 2011 and 2019 Rugby World Cups. Tough shoes to fill and with only three wins from his first 10 Internationals and 5 losses on the bounce in the Six Nations, Pivac will be looking to prepare well and hit the ground running. On the bright side there is no trip to Ireland or England this year with both those two fixtures at the Principality. Although as we have already mentioned A trip to the Stade de France as both England and Ireland have shown is not an easy place to visit, with or without fans.

Scotland and Italy have struggled for consistency in recent years. Italy have taken home the wooden spoon on 13 occasions and will be desperate to turn their fortunes around. Scotland will be looking to build upon their win at the Parc Y Scarlets which was their first win in Wales for 18 years. Its great to see Finn Russell back for Scotland and fans will be excited to see how Gregor Townsend will get the best out of their forwards to allow their high flying back line quick ball to play with.

2021 Guinness Six Nations Venues :

The 2021 Guinness Six Nations will be held at The BT Murrayfield StadiumThe Aviva Stadium, The Principality, The Stade de France, The Stadio Olympico and Twickenham

2021 Guinness Six Nations Fixtures:

Round 1

6th Feb Italy v France

6th Feb England v Scotland

7th Feb Wales v Ireland

Round 2

13th Feb England v Italy

13th Feb Scotland v Wales

14th Feb Ireland v France

Round 3

27th Feb Italy v Ireland

27th Feb Wales v England

28th Feb France v Scotland

Round 4

13th Mar Italy v Wales

13th Mar England v France

14th Mar Scotland v Ireland

Round 5

20th Mar Scotland v Italy

20th Mar Ireland v England

20th Mar France v Wales

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England overwhelm Six Nations champions Ireland

Ireland v England

England Rugby manager Eddie Jones put another notch on his impressive record Saturday, guiding England to a 29th win out of 36 international Tests since he took the reins. To make the victory especially sweet, it was a conquest over Joe Schmidt’s formidable Ireland side at home at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. A testament to the power of Jones’ game-planning, England looked immensely strong as they took on the Six Nations champions, taking apart the host’s strategy and backing them into a corner.

Leading 17-13 by the 66th minute, England created a fantastic opportunity coming out of the scrum, Henry Slade first fed Jonny May the ball and then chased down May’s fantastic chip, a slick maneuver allowing Slade’s exceptional pace to seal the deal in a beautiful try. The work of both May and Jack Nowell on the wings was pivotal for England’s success in a terrific day’s rugby, with May’s opening try inside the first two minutes setting the tone.

Culminating in a 32-30 victory, Saturday represents potentially England’s most dominant win under Jones in contest with another top team, the four-try bonus point illustrating just how effectively they dismantled Andy Farrell’s defense, and the Irish squad taking a heavy beating at the hands of England’s driven intensity. Ireland lost Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and Devin Toner to injury. “I don’t think I’ve seen a game where our opponents got so many physical, dominant tackles, where our opponents have carried physically in the manner that they did,” the Ireland manager Joe Schmidt confessed after the game. However, England suffered the loss of star player Maro Itoje, a presence who will be sorely missed going into subsequent games.

Manu Tuilagi’s long absence due to injury was forgotten as he bulldozed his way into the match, a powerhouse playing with the destructive flair that he’s known for, and the Vunipola brothers showed their incredible athleticism and sporting quality. Overall, England looked stronger against Ireland than they have during the whole of Schmidt’s tenure as manager, and England fans will be hopeful that this impressive victory is a good omen for the rest of the tournament going into their match against France at Twickenham this Sunday.

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An Exciting Start for England Rugby in 2018

England v Italy, Twickenham 2013

Eddie Jones renews contract until 2021

Great news for all England fans, with the announcement that hugely successful coach Eddie Jones will continue until 2021. He will be working closely with the RFU in selecting the next chief of staff by the end of the 2019-20 season, hoping to maintain the new-found status quo.

Jones has won 22 of his 23 Tests since taking the role in November 2015, and says extending his deal was “not a difficult decision”.

The big question on everyone’s lips, and surely a guarded secret, is whether Eddie Jones will be at the helm for what would surely be the jewel in the crown. If Eddie Jones led the British and Irish Lions to victory in South Africa it would mark the first time since the 1950s that the Lions toured all three nations without conceding a series.

Italy vs. England Squad Announcement

Eddie Jones has selected eight uncapped players to face Italy on the 4th February at the Stadio Olympico.

Five fresh young forwards in the squad will have their mettle tested, as the Italians are well known for their aggression up front in the mauls and breakdowns.

When Italy came to Twickenham, they employed cunning tactics to try and disrupt the momentum of England. Fans are left wondering what they will have up their sleeve come Sunday.

England have never been beaten by the Azzurri, so hopes are high that a young-looking England team can maintain the current 95% win-rate, spurred on by the knowledge that Eddie Jones tenure is set to continue.

 

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