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Will England get the Grand Slam?

After beating Scotland, Ireland, and now even France, we have to ask ourselves the (unfortunate) question “Will England get the Grand Slam?”

To be honest with you, I hope the answer to that question is no, but England are also the team to beat at the moment.

Their pack is strong, their backs are all built on muscles, and for once…their team are actually playing a rugby that’s worth watching (as opposed to their previous techniques for winning the games via Wilko’s kicking and drop goals…)

All our hopes now rest on Italy and Wales’ shoulders!

Can Italy beat the mighty English? Can Wales raise the level of their game and repeat their fantastic victory against England in 2012?

We will have to wait for the next 2 matches to see…

All I can say is that I will be behind both Italy and Wales for the next matches!!

At least this weekends turmoil is over, with France scoring a nice try this weekend thanks to Wesley Fofana.

Let’s relive that try, which proves that Fofana is a true centre (not a winger…) and that not all French players were not that poor.

Picamoles was also part of this group of players who played at their level.

Ireland surprisingly lost to the “Brave Scots” in Murrayfield on Sunday after too many Irish mistakes, and a lot of Scottish Flair!

Here’s a summing up of the match!

As for the 2 teams left, Wales beat Italy, building on their confidence before their next games against Scotland, and THE match to win against England.

I hope that they will read my article and watch this video to galvanise them for their match against Scotland and…England.

O’Gara replacé par Paddy Jackson!

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Selon Joe.ie, site internet spécialisé dans le sport irlandais et tout ce qui touche aux centres d’intérêts masculins, Declan Kidney devrait annoncer cet après-midi la non sélection de Ronan O’Gara en faveur du jeune Paddy Jackson.

Joe.ie explique que Declan Kidney va prendre l’une des plus grosses décisions de sa carrière si les rumeurs répandues dans tous les médias irlandais se confirment cet après-midi. Paddy Jackson, jeune talent d’Ulster devrait donc débuter au poste de numéro 10 à la place de Ronan O’Gara contre l’Ecosse ce week-end.

Avec un Jonathan Sexton forfait pour le match à Murrayfield et probablement celui contre la France (ouf bonne nouvelle pour nous), son remplaçant logique malgré une mauvaise prestation contre les anglais le week-end dernier, aurait dû être l’éternel O’Gara au 127 caps.

Les rumeurs sur cette décision nous font également réfléchir sur la suite de la carrière internationale de Ronan O’Gara. Avec Sexton qui commence à s’imposer en premier choix au poste de n°10 et les années qui commencent à le rattraper (36 ans déjà) Ronan devra se poser les bonnes questions…

Le sélectionneur du XV du trèfle devrait également donner sa chance au jeune centre Luke Marshall, pour sa première sélection au côté de Brian O’Driscoll. Tom Court (et non Dave Kilcoyne) remplacerait Cian Healy (suspendu) en première ligne.

Beaucoup des changements dans son XV de départ type lui ont été imposés à cause des nombreuses blessures du côté des verts. Mais une décision telle que la sélection de Paddy Jackson au lieu de Ronan O’Gara rajouterait encore plus à la pression médiatique envers le sélectionneur depuis la défaite de l’Irlande face aux Anglais la semaine dernière.

Bien évidemment, pour faire durer le suspense rien n’est encore confirmé pour la sélection de Jackson, mais toute la presse irlandaise en parle depuis ce matin.
Info ou intox, tout sera confirmé cet après-midi à 14h30.

L’équipe d’Irlande qui affrontera l’Ecosse ce week-end devra donc être : Kearney; Gilroy, O’Driscoll, Marshall, Earls; Jackson, Murray; Court, Best, Ross, O’Callaghan, Ryan, O’Mahony, O’Brien, Heaslip (capitaine).

Try of the week?

I’ve decided to add a try of the week section to the site during the 6 nations tournament.

This week there weren’t many tries, so the decision isn’t very difficult to make.

Here’s what many chose as their try of the week.

Scotland’s fullback Stuart Hogg intercepts Italy’s pass and makes a huge run for it & with his speed, stamina and determination, he makes a 90metre dash for the line and scores!

What do you think?

Italy Beats France

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Italy played at their best…and France were defeated.

Congratulations to Italy, who fully deserved their victory.

After a perfect few matches during the Autumn tests, France were suprisingly poor both in Attack, and defence.

The game started poorly with a first kick from Michalak ending directly in touch, and things would only get worse.

Each opportunity that the French had to score ended in either a knock-on, a forward pass or other mistakes…

Despite Picamole’s try, the French were still dominated in all sectors.

All in all, France played a poor Match, and Italy showed how much they progressed thanks to their coach Jacques Brunel.

Although I’m French, I was genuinly pleased to see how the Italians have progressed and improved their discipline.

Hopefuly, they will go far this year…and beat the English!

Here’s a video summary of the match :

Rugby flick by Zebo!

The 6 Nations rugby tournament has started with a blast!

Ireland beat Wales, and England (unfortunately) beat the Brave Scots.

One image that shows why we call the game Rugby Football when Simon Zebo, Ireland’s winger, controlled the ball perfectly with his feet to set his team-mate Cian Healey.

The video is being watched all over the sporting world.

Quade Cooper himself complimented our talented Munsterman!

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Even during the Superbowl, some American Media said “If This Play Is Any Indication, We Should All Start Watching Rugby” (via Deadspin)

The Silence

Here is Ireland’s 1st commercial for the 6 Nations Tournament.

Simple yet efficient

2 messages are in the video : Respect the kickers & The fans are the 16th man.
(not to forget the 3rd, more subtle message that Sexton never misses his kicks in Lansdowne!)

What do you think?

Here is the 1st French commercial for the 6 nations.
Which do you prefer?