Heading into this weekend and the third round of the 2016 RBS Six Nations championship, is it set to be become one of the greatest we’ve seen?
We’ve picked apart the records, analysed the form-books and come up with the following three conclusions. Get involved and post your comments below the blog!
1) Will the 16-16 draw between Ireland & Wales be decisive?
Last year’s Six Nations tournament was as close as it comes, with three teams tied on points and a points difference of just six separating England and Ireland.
Following numerous managerial and captain changes, and a number of key retirements, we could be on the verge of a European rugby revolution. In what favour, we hear you ask? This is the tournament we’ll find out.
Ireland’s opening 16-16 draw with Wales may have handed the crown to England. The 23rd February tie between Ireland and England has never seemed so important!
2) Eddie Jones & Dylan Hartley must continue to silence their critics.
It’s fair to say that Eddie Jones was quickly thrust into the media debacle surrounding England Rugby.
His decision to appoint Dylan Hartley as captain for the Six Nations was met with a mixed reception, and left some questioning how his temperament will affect the captaincy. So far, so good!
An obvious passion and hunger to succeed are pivotal elements of captaincy at all levels of elite sport. Will this dampen English hopes and expectations of winning the crown on the run-in? We doubt it.
3) Is it down and out for the reigning champs?
Ever since Five Nations became Six in 2000, we’ve never seen a triple-consecutive winner. William Hill started with Ireland as 10/3 outsiders in the outright odds due to a spate of erratic form, behind England (13/8 favourites) and Wales (5/2).
Johnny Sexton’s recovery from a concussion scare was an important boost for Ireland, but a draw with Ireland and a defeat to France has left the defending champions in a perilous position.
Of course, we’re behind Dylan Hartley Eddie Jones and the boys to #BringThemHome, but are they your favourites to win the crown? Who will take Player Of The Tournament?
Let us know in the comments!