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It begins with the Six Nations


Written by Frans Weyers (Franshark)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, Six Nations on 1 Feb 2012 at 08:30
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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.



27 Comments

  • Where are Rich(SW Pool Capt on SB) and Rob (Owner)?

    Which (IF Any) SB comps will be trophy worthy? I believe we have SR, 6N and Varsity Cup SB pools. (have I missed any)

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.02.12 08:36:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Trophy?

    Ah shit… I’ve got a little behind on that score…

    SR, 6N and VC will all qualify for trophies, although I’ll gladly admit that I haven’t awarded trophies for last year’s competitions. If the winners contact me to complain, I’ll fix that :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.02.12 08:44:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Cool!!

    Riiiiiiiiich!!!
    Can we disable the default picks for the comps that are trophy worthy?

    let’s make it worthwhile. :)

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.02.12 08:46:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : started a new job this morning… will need to be patient with him :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.02.12 08:49:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : oh yes. :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.02.12 09:02:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : You have to pay for that privelage, but you probably know that by now ;-) :grin:

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.02.12 09:08:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : as far as I know you must have a upgraded pool to do that

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.02.12 09:09:06 by Franshark Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 6) : snap ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.02.12 09:10:02 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 8) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.02.12 09:13:48 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Kriek wants a shiny golden trophy, and some oakley shades, and a canterbury hamper. Sadly, Kriek never wins anything

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.02.12 09:50:03 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 6) : How much does it cost for that? I didn’t know you had to pay.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.02.12 10:07:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    its like R130 . not bad ..

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.02.12 10:17:54 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 12) : Not bad at all.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.02.12 10:21:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : Like Zibbie said :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.02.12 11:15:08 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @<a hr@<a href=@JarsonX (Comment 14) : “#comment-368375″>KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : ef=”#comment-368370″>Zibbie (Comment 12) : tel rich to give his banking details, we all pay in R1.00 and he can upgrade the pool

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.02.12 11:24:21 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 15) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.02.12 11:37:12 by JarsonX Reply
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  • France should take it. They have a decent coach at last, not a mad hatter like Lievremont!

    Barritt likely to start for Eng against Scotland. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if Scotland win that one.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.02.12 16:07:16 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 17) :

    Going to be very interesting, looks like they are going to play that Saracens midfield. Im not convinced that having Owen Farrell play at 13/or Barrit is a great idea at international level. Sure it may work in Aviva Premiership but its playing against France and Ireland, Wales at that level is different.
    As for England they are going to need to evolve their style, they play a rugby based on the 03 Model of a big pack of forwards with a kicking 10 and yet do not have the pack to be able to employ that.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.02.12 18:03:26 by Pat Reply

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  • @Pat (Comment 18) : Yes Pat agree. The press are saying that Barritt and Farrell will start together. It will be interesting to see what style they try and play. I can only see them struggling in the 6 Nations as Ireland, Wales and France have settled sides that have been together for a long period.

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.02.12 00:32:44 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 19) : when are they going to announce the flipping England side, though… I’m on the edge of my seat :)

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.02.12 07:52:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • I believe that Barritt will be making his debut on Saturday.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.02.12 13:41:18 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 21) : yip.

    I hope he is still the starting 12 when the poms come to RSA.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.02.12 14:10:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :
    England:
    15 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
    14 Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints)
    13 Brad Barritt (Saracens)
    12 Owen Farrell (Saracens)
    11 David Strettle (Saracens)
    10 Charlie Hodgson (Saracens)
    9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
    1 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
    2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
    3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
    4 Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
    5 Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)
    6 Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
    7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
    8 Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)

    Replacements:
    16 Rob Webber (London Wasps)
    17 Matt Stevens (Saracens)
    18 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
    19 Ben Morgan (Scarlets)
    20 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
    21 Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
    22 Mike Brown (Harlequins)

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.02.12 14:25:38 by Franshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : just ask ;-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.02.12 14:26:18 by Franshark Reply
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  • Barrit at 13 :?: :roll:

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.02.12 14:42:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 23) : Lot of Saracens folk in that squad :cool:

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.02.12 14:42:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 26) : the rest of Saracens not picked is SA players not available for selection ;)

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.02.12 14:59:06 by Franshark Reply
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