The Champions Cup continues to the final stages in the forthcoming weekends.
Welsh sides will also have a quarter final game as one of their former captains insist that changes need to be brought in with regard to leveling out the playing field among the different clubs across borders in the continent.
The coming Sunday will see Stade Francais playing against Ospreys. A day before that Gloucester will face Cardiff Blues which will be held at Kingsholm. Both the games will surely bring some change and progress, but meanwhile Paul Thorburn, who has been tournament director of the 1999 World Cup feels that the odds of wins are stacked increasingly in favor of those clubs that are wealthy enough to afford non national players. He also feels that the laws need to be revised as to how many non-national players can be part of any European rugby team. Continue reading
When the Six Nations kicked off and the opening round begun, Wales and Ireland found themselves in two very different places.
For the Wales Rugby Team, they were looking forward in optimism having come away with a hard-fought victory over their Italian counterparts. Thus, they successfully completed the onerous task of playing Italy first in the competition.
On the other hand, Ireland went on against Scotland at Murrayfield where they ended up in a disappointing defeat to their Scottish counterparts. Thus, there hopes of a Grand Slam and Triple Crown were thrown out almost immediately.
The championship competition has just two more rounds left to go and Ireland knows that with a win over Wales in Cardiff, they would most probably be able to secure a winner takes all clash in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium against England on St. Patrick’s weekend. Continue reading
Italy’s former coach Nick Mallett reckons that the Italians are in with a fighting chance of winning as they look to take on Wales in the first of the Six Nations clashes this Sunday.
With Italy at home, and undefeated since early 2016 (when they were beaten by Australia) things are looking up for the Azzurri. Whilst they have taken points of the French and Scottish in previous tournaments, they rarely manage to get any points from their clashes with the Welsh teams (both domestically and internationally) – but that might all yet change in Rome this year! Continue reading
Rob Howley needs to shake things up as it is being felt with the Six Nations opener game comes near. Indeed, the team has been sticking to certain players only who have been tried and tested for the team in several games. In order to pick up and improve performance, it is expected that new players would be looking at this year.
The Six Nations squad would be picked on Tuesday by Rob Howley. He has probably gotten the names already enlisted and the announcements would be made during the following week. There is a debate that is growing on the fifteen players to be selected for the game coming up against Italy. Continue reading
Relishing the prospects of participating in the Six Nations this season, Wales Scrum-half, Gareth Davies has called on his team mates to find top gear as they enter into the competition.
Davies feels that the beginning of the campaign should see his Wales Rugby team find the top gear into the competition, especially as they would be meeting with some of the heavyweights such as England, who are currently in high spirits and amazing form, and Ireland who recently won their game against Australia.
For Wales, their autumn international series came to an end with a win over South Africa which saw them beat their counterparts 27-13. On the other hand, Ireland came off with a back to back win against both New Zealand and Australia. England, the in-form heavyweights led by Eddie Jones, remain unbeaten up to this point.
Wales’ Six Nation campaign will begin with a game against Italy at Cardiff on February 5, while six days later, they would play host to Eddie Jones men.
Davies was quoted saying, Continue reading