Home Tag Archives: Six Nations 2016

Tag Archives: Six Nations 2016

The Fields Of Freedom: Understanding Georgia’s ‘Lelo’ Spirit

Centuries and centuries ago, in the beautiful countryside of the lands that now make up Georgia, the game of ‘Lelo burti’ or ‘field ball’ was played. Teams could be of any size and usually consisted of the male populations of neighbouring villages. The aim of the sport would be to move a heavy ball across a stream or river in between …

Read More »

Opinion: Vakatawa’s New France Contract Could Be A Game-Changer For Sevens Rugby

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 13: Virimi Vakatawa of France ttys to evade Ross Ford of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Currently centrally contracted to the FFR, it appears Virimi Vakatawa is likely to shun numerous offers from Top 14 clubs to re-sign with France’s national governing body, despite the chance to earn more money elsewhere. Vakatawa, a surprise inclusion in Guy Noves’s first squad for the Six Nations, established himself as a regular with the country’s sevens side before making the …

Read More »

Football Ticket Campaigners Should Inspire England’s Rugby Fans

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Liverpool fans show support for their team prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on March 2, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Outrage at the rising cost of Premier League tickets caused thousands of devoted Liverpool fans to campaign against these changes. After many weeks of action, Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, caved in to all their demands. Now the time has come for rugby fans to stand up for the sport they love. FSG had previously announced plans to introduce £77 match …

Read More »

Six Nations: Yet Another Reason Georgia Should Replace Italy

during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Namibia and Georgia at Sandy Park on October 7, 2015 in Exeter, United Kingdom.

There have been frequent calls for relegation and promotion to be introduced between the two European international competitions, the Six Nations and the European Nations Cup – which features the top teams from the second tier of European rugby. Now with Italy picking up the wooden spoon once again, having lost every game in the 2016 Six Nations, is it …

Read More »

What Caused All The Handbags In The Ireland-Scotland Match?

during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

Ireland-Scotland was one of the best matches of the tournament. Ireland finally showed they can actually play rugby, even if it seemed they had to remind themselves of it from time to time, and Scotland are definitely the form side right now. The Scots lost the match mainly through their own indiscipline, and Ireland were the stronger side on the day. Yet the …

Read More »

Opinion: Is The Spirit Of Rugby Slipping Away?

Rugby LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Mike Brown of England talks with Dan Biggar of Wales after the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The headlines in the media over the past week have been dominated by ‘Marler-gate’ and whether what has transpired in the aftermath of the incident is at odds with the ‘spirit’ of the game. So is that ethereal notion at threat or is the very esoteric character of rugby alive and well? Many fans were angered with what Joe Marler …

Read More »

Forget Australia, It’s Wales Next For Eddie Jones’ England

After Eddie Jones and his England team triumphed against France on Saturday, winning their country’s 13th grand slam in the process, heads will inevitably turn now to England’s next challenge. However, there’s another hurdle for England to overcome before they test themselves against World Cup finalists and current Rugby Championship trophy holders Australia. England have replaced their annual Barbarians fixture …

Read More »

England: Grand Slam Has To Be Just The Start

during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England.

Today could potentially be a historic day for English rugby as the Eddie Jones’ England side look for the country’s first grand slam since 2003, but whilst an important step forward, it should only be just the start. Any victory in Paris is in itself impressive. Wales won there last year and Ireland in 2014, but the last time England …

Read More »

Joe Marler’s Words Are Not Banter. They Are Racist.

Daire O’Driscoll discusses the reaction to Joe Marler’s “gypsy boy” comment during England’s 6 Nations clash with Wales. Rugby fans and World Rugby like to portray their sport as a bastion of sportsmanship and higher moral conduct. World Rugby’s memo urging referees to clamp down on “football culture” and referee Nigel Owens’ perpetual reminder to players that they are not on a soccer field highlight …

Read More »

An In-Depth Analysis Of Ireland’s Line-Out Issues

Maurice Brosnan analyses Ireland’s line-out issues. Of the countless areas that the departure of Paul O’Connell was going to effect, the-line out was always going to suffer most. O’Connell was a master of that particular set-piece, a dedicated student constantly trying to perfect its efficiency. Since his departure Munster and Ireland have had their line-out troubles. Both these sides use …

Read More »

England Are On For A Double Grand Slam Next Weekend

during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England.

The England men’s team has dominated the headlines recently because of their unbeaten run to a Six Nations Championship title and a potential Grand Slam next weekend, but we shouldn’t forget that the national women’s team has done exactly the same thing. After a 32-0 thrashing of Scotland, a surprisingly narrow victory against Italy, a colossal battle with Ireland, that …

Read More »