We are right around the corner from the start of the Six Nations 2012. On Saturday they get the tournament off to a fast start with 2 games back to back.
Before we get to the 2012 tournament, lets have a quick peek back to 2011:
England won the tournament by winning 4 from their 5 games, scoring 13 tries and only conceding 5, ending with 8 points on the log. Behind them France, Wales and Ireland all ended with 6 points from 3 wins. The only game England lost was against Ireland and at that stage the tournament was basically theirs already.
All these teams were also involved in the WC with France doing the best of them by ending runners-up by only one point against the mighty All Blacks. England won their 4 pool games with Scotland winning 2 of their games in the same pool. France ended 2nd to NZ in their pool winning 2 of their games. The same for Wales ending 2nd in their pool behind SA winning 3 from 4.
It was in pool D that saw some drama as Ireland caused the upset of the tournament by beating Australia and ending up on top of their pool, with Italy in 3rd spot with only 2 wins.
England lost to France in the quarters and Ireland lost to Wales setting up a thrilling semi final that saw France beating Wales by one point and then going on to the final losing against NZ by the same margin.
Now back to 2012:
France and Italy get this year’s tournament going with the opening game in Stade De France at 14h30(SA time) followed by Scotland vs England at 17h00 at Murrayfield. As it is often the case after a WC tournament we see some new talent in international teams when they start playing again. The French new coach Philippe Saint Andre is looking forward to some new spirit in the team, and maybe some revenge too since they lost to Italy in last years Six Nations tournament. England is also going in with new (stand in) coach Stuart Lancaster but retains the core of their team playing in the WC. Both France and England will be looking to start their campaigns with good wins.