6 Nations – Predictions from Play Rugby USA Intern (and Kiwi) Josh Edmonds!

Who Will Win The 6 Nations?

The way the competition is shaping up so far seems to be pressing between England and Ireland. It may very well come down to that final game between the two on the 18th of March.

Ireland, riding on the back of the win over the All Blacks are looking stronger every game. And their experience will prove a tough nut to crack for Eddie Jones’ young England side.

England, with all their skill, attacking prowess and flair are riding a 16-game winning streak. They will be hard to beat. However, large injury numbers are testing their stocks and could prove the dent in the armor Ireland need to stop them in their tracks.

Player Spotlights

Sergio Parisse

 

Italy’s No8 and Captain, Parisse is the backbone of the Italian squad. His driving tackles, explosive power and incredible acceleration can shift the momentum in the Italians’ favor at any given moment.

 

 

 

 

Joe Launchbury

 

After a man of the match performance against Wales, it will be interesting to see how Launchbury comes out against Italy this week. He is truly a Lock with Loose Forward stats, and when you mix his devastating power with his exceptionally high tackle count, you get a potent ball runner who will not only make the advantage line, but stop anyone from the other team from crossing it.

Louis Picamoles

Picamoles could be accredited to the French side’s recent rediscovery of classic French flair. His increased fitness, speed, and offloading ability is sure to spark his teammates on attack and inspire the mindset that makes the French a constant threat to any team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Killer

Finn Russell: Scotland

The Scottish Fly-Half produced one of the worst conversion attempts in rugby history against France. Under time pressure from the referee, Russell rushed an easy conversion attempt and scuffed the ball under the posts as it fell off the kicking tee right as he kicked it. An easy and costly two points lost

Wooden Spoon?

Italy

Even after their stunning 20-18 victory over the Springboks last year, the other teams seem just too strong. With Scotland beating Ireland in the opening round and France giving England a good run for their money, it doesn’t look good for the Azzurri in which could prove to be a tough final weeks.

The side finishing sixth would have a chance of retaining their status in a play-off against the European Nations champion. If they get relegated after that, they deserve to make the drop. -Sir Clive Woodward

Should the last place team in the 6 Nations should play off against the European Nations championships winners for the right to be in next year’s Six Nations…? What do you think? Let us know!

 

Planning on watching the games this weekend?

25/02/2017  09:25 EST (14:25 Local Time)  Scotland Vs Wales (Murrayfield)

25/02/2017 11:50 EST (16:50 Local Time) Ireland Vs France (Aviva Stadium)

26/02/2017 10:00 EST (15:00 Local Time) England Vs Italy (Twickenham)

Play Rugby USA volunteers will be out and about supporting our friends at The Australian and the Pig n’ Whistle. Hope to see you there!

 

The Australian: 20 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018, USA (Click here for their website)

Pig n’ Whistle on 36th: 202 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018, USA (Click here for their website)

 

 

(Cover Image By: Arun Marsh (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0])

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