The 6 nations are just around the corner and it’s looking like 2017 is going to be a pretty good year, with Italy not being able top their worst performance ever with no wins and England coming out of 2016 with nothing but wins; it should be interesting!
But what do the 6 nations behold for us this time around? Well, let’s start with Scotland, who like Italy, didn’t have a good tournament at all last year, only winning one game throughout the whole series, and obviously, that was against Italy, which isn’t exactly something to shout about. This year the Scots will have to step it up as it is not only them which are looking forward, but all of the 6 nations, so we shall see if they are up to the test…
Moving onto Scotland’s first opponents; Ireland, who are looking to hit the ground running in 2017, ending their 2016 on a high with world class performances in the Autumn Internationals, even defeating the mighty All Blacks in Chicago; this as you know being their first victory over New Zealand, making 2016 a year to savour for the Irish. But they will not sit and reminisce their wonder year, as there is still a hell of a lot of work to do until they come to the 2019 RWC in Tokyo, and they plan on using the 6 nations and other tests to prepare for the competition to end all competitions, so England better be prepared for a tough fight from the Irish!
Italy however, will be looking for a complete makeover compared to last year’s embarrassment, and they are not looking so confident, as they are still losing majority of their games. This is not good for Italy, as they wish to forget their losing past and change their ways, but they will have to put in a heck of a lot of work to even come near the 6 nations boys on any of the teams…
It is safe to say that the non-British representation with France are going to get a lot more done in the nations, as they are putting in quality performances left right and centre, even booming through a very strong and reliable Argentina side, which is impressive! They will look to battle it out over the nations, eventually knocking England from under the crown, but will the others have anything to say about this?
Wales definitely will, as they (probably more than anyone else) will be eager to snatch it away from England, and they will have nothing but belief that it is possible, down to the close call Eddie’s boys came across when they met the Welshmen back in March, with England almost throwing away a comfortable victory. Wales are the kings’ biggest challenge in the 6 nations, and I know for sure that I can’t wait until they meet again!
Last but certainly not least, is the champions, in every sense of the word this year, keeping the unbeaten record of Eddie Jones intact, and there is nothing else on their mind for 2017, except maybe the world number 1 spot… But the 6 nations will prove a task for England, facing the likes of Ireland and Wales, but Eddie sees the set of block tests as perfect build up for the big show in 2019. Does this mean if they don’t perform, they could be in trouble for the RWC? Or will they keep it together and strive on to be the top dog.
At the end of the day, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen, especially in our great game, but it will be hard for anyone to effect possibly the greatest England side since ’03, but it could be done, and we can’t wait to see everyone give it a go! What are your predictions?