In what will be a historic rugby Saturday, the world patiently waits to witness who will be crowned the kings of the Six Nations this year. Scotland makes a trip to Wales, where Italy is due to host World Cup runners-up, England, and France host the Irish; where four teams stand the chance to be awarded Six Nations Champions. Due to the global Covid pandemic, the Six Nations tournament has been postponed since March 2020.
In last year’s Six Nations, Wales were comprehensive winners, also triumphing in style celebrating a grand slam victory. Unfortunately, this season didn’t turn into a successful title defence as Wales have only won one game to date – while suffering 3 defeats. Therefore, this Saturday Wales will be handing over the title to a new Six Nations Champion.
Potential Six Nations 2020 Champions:
Ireland currently top the table with 14 points, however, they face a lethal – yet youthful – French side in Paris, with le Bleus only 1 point behind them on the table.
In what may seem to be the game that will decide the winner of the Six Nations, England is in joint second with France; an English success in Rome could see the English win the prestigious tournament.
England is above France on the table based on point difference, however, if Eddie Jones’ side repeats their 2019 Six Nations (57-14) performance against Italy this weekend, England will be guaranteed Six Nations 2020 Champions. Therefore, Andy Farrell’s Ireland, Fabien Galthié’s France and Eddie Jones’ England are in a must-win scenario for the Six Nations title this year.
Six Nations 2020 current table:
Weekend Rugby Players Milestones:
Wales – Welsh captain, Alwyn Jones, will set a new international test record as he is due to earn 149 test caps for Wales against Scotland this weekend.
England – Scrumhalf, Ben Youngs, is set to earn his 100th test cap against Italy on Saturday. Youngs will become the second English rugby player to achieve the centurion of test caps history.
Six Nations Weekend Line Ups:
Leigh Halfpenny; Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Taulupe Faletau, Justin Tipuric, Shane Lewis-Hughes; Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Will Rowlands, Tomas Francis, Ryan Elias, Rhys Carre
Replacements: Sam Parry, Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, James Davies, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Patchell, Nick Tompkins
Stuart Hogg (capt), Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, James Lang, Blair Kinghorn, Finn Russell, Ali Price, Blade Thomson, Hamish Watson, Jamie Ritchie, Jonny Gray, Scott Cummings, Zander Fagerson, Fraser Brown, Rory Sutherland
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Oli Kebble, Simon Berghan, Ben Toolis, Cornell du Preez, Scott Steele, Adam Hastings, Duhan van der Merwe.
Matteo Minozzi, Edoardo Padovani, Luca Morisi, Carlo Canna, Mattia Bellini, Paolo Garbisi, Marcello Violi, Jake Polledri, Braam Steyn, Sebastian Negri, Niccolo Cannone, Marco Lazzaroni, Giosue Zilocchi, Luca Bigi, Danilo Fischetti
Replacements: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Simone Ferrari, Pietro Ceccarelli, David Sisi, Johan Meyer, Maxime Mbanda, Guglielmo Palazzani, Federico Mori.
George Furbank; Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Henry Slade, Jonny May; Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, Jonny Hill; Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: Tom Dunn, Ellis Genge, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, Ben Earl, Dan Robson, Ollie Lawrence, Ollie Thorley
Anthony Bouthier, Vincent Rattez, Virimi Vakatawa, Arthur Vincent, Gaël Fickou, Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont, Gregory Alldritt, Charles Ollivon ©, François Cros, Paul Willemse, Bernard Le Roux, Mohamed Haouas, Julien Marchand, Cyril Baille
Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Arthur Retiere, Thomas Ramos
Jacob Stockdale, Andrew Conway; Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki; Hugo Keenan; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rob Herring, Andrew Porter; Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan; Caelan Doris, Will Connors, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Ed Byrne, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Peter O’Mahony, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne, Chris Farrell
With this weekend’s Six Nations fixtures going down to the wire, three major European teams will have everything to play for. I feel the team with the big match temperament will be crowned 6 Nations Champions, in this case being England. This is due to the team’s ability to handle severe pressure for an entire 80 minutes.
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