We’ve now passed the halfway stage of January and most surprisingly what normally feels like the longest month of the year is flying by, which means we are just two weeks away from the start of this year’s Rugby Six Nations Tournament.
For the non-rugby union fans amongst us, the Six Nations sees the big European international sides come together England, Wales, France, Ireland, Scotland and Italy come together to take each other on in a bid to be crowned Six Nation Champions.
The tournament gets underway on Friday 1 February with France taking on Wales at the Stade De France and runs through five weekends until Saturday 16 March when England take on Scotland in the final game of this year’s tournament.
For the rest of the schedule and details of what TV channel you can find each game on go to https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/0/six-nations-2019-fixtures-tv-schedule/
Now that we’ve got the basics out the way it’s time to highlight a few things for you to look out for during this year’s tournament:
Likely winner – Ireland
The Irish have built themselves back up in recent years after losing the likes of Brian O’Driscoll and Ronan O’Gara to retirement to become arguably the best team in the world right now. With fly-half, Johnny Sexton around the boys in green are capable of beating anyone and will be the team to beat this year. Expect England and Wales to push them closest.
Players to watch out for
Apart from the World Player of the Year Sexton, there are a number of mega-talented players to keep an eye out for this year including England’s Owen Farrell whose boot will play a major role in any success England have at this year’s tournament. Frenchman Teddy Thomas will be looking to prove a point after being left out of last year’s squad for disciplinary reasons and last but not least Scotsman Huw Jones will be looking to back up impressive performances against England and South Africa in November.
Match to watch out for
The key fixture sees England head over the sea to Dublin on the opening weekend to take on Ireland in a match that could dictate how the rest of the tournament plays out, a win for either side will drive them into pole position for the rest of the tournament with eyes on the Grand Slam and Triple Crown.
Moment to watch out for
There’s something about thousands of people belting out the national anthem passionately before each game and in particular, the two to watch out for are the classic French national anthem in their home ground on 1 and 24 February or the Scottish anthem at Murrayfield on 9 Feb and 9 March.
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