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    Rugby - Six Nations

    The Six Nations rugby kicks off on
    Friday night with Wales taking on England at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff.

    Fixtures

    4 Feb, 19:45 Wales v England Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, WAL
    5 Feb, 14:30 Italy v Ireland Stadio Flaminio, Rome, ITA
    5 Feb, 17:00 France v Scotland Stade de France, Paris Saint-Denis, FRA
    12 Feb, 14:30 England v Italy Twickenham, London, ENG
    12 Feb, 17:00 Scotland v Wales Murrayfield, Edinburgh, SCO
    13 Feb, 15:00 Ireland v France Aviva Stadium, Dublin, IRL
    26 Feb, 14:30 Italy v Wales Stadio Flaminio, Rome, ITA
    26 Feb, 17:00 England v France Twickenham, London, ENG
    27 Feb, 15:00 Scotland v Ireland Murrayfield, Edinburgh, SCO
    12 Mar, 14:30 Italy v France Stadio Flaminio, Rome, ITA
    12 Mar, 17:00 Wales v Ireland Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, WAL
    13 Mar, 15:00 England v Scotland Twickenham, London, ENG
    19 Mar, 14:30 Scotland v Italy Murrayfield, Edinburgh, SCO
    19 Mar, 17:00 Ireland v England Aviva Stadium, Dublin, IRL
    19 Mar, 19:45 France v Wales Stade de France, Paris Saint-Denis, FRA

    Please feel free to discuss any of the games and results here as the tournament progresses.

    Come on England!

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    Very much looking forward to it. Might travel to Murrayfield for the Ireland game. Was at the Argie game in the Autumn Internationals and the squad looks stronger.

    Just hope Ian Humphreys gets picked as he's comfortably been the best Irish fly-half this season. Sexton is average at best and often bottles it under pressure, I don't even see how he's better than O'Gara.

    Anyways..

    Should be a good tournament. Plenty of competition and no clear favourites. Top class sport and I've been enjoying rugby more than football this season.

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    Yeah looking forward to it as always, probably international Rugby's most entertaining tournament in my opinion. Probably because I myself am English and one half of my family is Irish and the other half Welsh! Always used to provide some decent banter with the granfolks!

    No favourites really this year, I think we are stronger and can certainly challenge, would it be fair to say Axe that the Irish are looking a little weaker than they have done in the recent past? Always hard to look past the French as well in this tournament.

    Would expect the Jocks and the Italians to be battling for the wooden spoon as ever!

    Will unfortunately be missing England's big opener with the Taffies, Reading are at home to QPR on Friday night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by floody
    would it be fair to say Axe that the Irish are looking a little weaker than they have done in the recent past?
    Hmm.. I don't know. Form-wise, yes we've not been overly impressive but haven't truly declined in terms of quality and potential, if anything I think we have even more potential as the more recent additions to the squad are getting more experience under their belts and we've still kept the core of the squad strong.

    But fly-half for me is a bit of an issue because Sexton's not top bracket. He's inconsistent and bottles it too often. Cronin and Healy are a little overrated IMO as well. The difference is massive when Tom Court comes in and he should start, he's been monstrous for Ulster - I'll sound biased of course but I have no fears of saying Ian Humphreys must be a shoe-in for the 10 position, or at the very f'n least a place in the squad - he's been top class all season and has been outstanding in Europe. He almost single-handedly beat Biarritz in the Heine Cup a few weeks ago, a game I was at and was blown away by his overall game and consistency, his kick from his own half that won that game in the last minute should have hammered in the nail to Kidney's head to pick him.

    Anyway, I think we've suffered a bit of a confidence crisis after the Grand Slam in 09 and some sketchy form, but the talent is still in there and if we go into the tournament with the right mind-frame we are certainly capable.

    But as you say, the French are looking good per usual and they'll probably be my favourites. Either way it should be a cracking sporting event as it always is.

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    Looking forward to watching the rugby tonight.

    England have been made the favourites to win the Six nations this year
    but Martin Johnson's team haven't won at the Millennium stadium since 2003!

    Should be cracking game although we are without Lewis Moody which is a blow.

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    A great start for England tonight winning 26-19 away in Wales.

    The Welsh began the game well in the first 10 minutes but couldn't keep it up.

    Although Chris Ashton scored 2 tries the man of the match was correctly called as Toby Flood.

    I thought it was a disgrace when the Welsh fans booed Johnny Wilkinson when he came on in the second half.

    As the commentator said he has achieved everything there is in rugby and didn't deserve that treatment.

    England have 3 home games now at Twickenham and are in a great position to win the Six nations after this victory.

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    Wales started strongly but England just took to their game so well and once the first gap opened for Flood, quite easily I might say, then Wales were always under the pressure.

    Excellent atmosphere BTW. Think that's a fantastic stadium.

    Let's hope it's a comprehensive stuffing tomorrow when we take on Italy.

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    This weekends results

    4 Feb, 19:45 Wales 19 - 26 England Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, WAL
    5 Feb, 14:30 Italy 11 - 13 Ireland Stadio Flaminio, Rome, ITA
    5 Feb, 17:00 France 34 - 21 Scotland Stade de France, Paris Saint-Denis, FRA

    What happened to that stuffing that Ireland were going to give to Italy J Axe?!

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    Today's results from the RBS Six Nations:

    England 59-13 Italy
    Scotland 6-24 Wales

    Watched both games today, no real shocks with both going as I expected.

    England started off rather poorly against the Italians at Twickenham, but grew in stature as the game progressed and finished on a massive score. Chris Ashton was in absolutely scintillating form to run in four tries for England, with fellow wing Mark Cueto, Mike Tindall, Danny Care and James Haskell also going over the line as Italy were thrashed. They really were a totally different side that ran Ireland so very close on the opening weekend, and provided virtually nothing in attack.

    All in all an extremely impressive performance. Obviously it goes without saying that the quality of opponent has to be taken into consideration and we are kidding ourselves if we think the fixture with the French is going to be anywhere near as straight forward but for now England are looking strong and are certainly contenders.

    The day's other game was a bit of a let down in truth, with Wales cruising to victory over a lackluster Scotland at Murrayfield. The Scots were really very poor indeed, their handling was all over the place, they were impatient and blunt in attack whilst making far too many mistakes and giving the Welsh turnover after turnover. You cannot expect to win after giving away as much ball as they did over the eighty minutes. Good win for the Welsh nonetheless with Shane Williams and James Hook on form in the backs, important for them to come out fighting after their ego's were severely bruised in that defeat by England last weekend.

    Coverage concludes tomorrow with Ireland taking on France at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

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    I couldn't watch England v Italy yesterday but it sounds like it was an easy win for Martin Johnson's boys.

    Chris Ashton with 4 tries!

    Will try and see Ireland v France today as it looks like it could be a decent match over there at the Aviva in Dublin!

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