30 January, 2011

Six Nations Preview: "Until they go out on the razz, England will never feel that bond"

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Can these scenes be repeated in 2011???
It's not often that I have a headline featuring England (though I have nothing against the English), but this is a very wise quote from former England rugby legend Jeremy Guscott. 

There can be little doubt that an RBS Six Nations campaign which takes place in World Cup year is more important than a Six Nations campaign in other years and this year is no different.  

France: 2010 Grand Slam Champions but impossibly unpredictable
"They've got the best talent in Europe and the weakest mind in Europe. They're good enough to win in England though."  -  Stuart Barnes on France.
"France can't win in Twickenham or Ireland (which are their away games this year)." - England 2003 World Cup (and two-time Heineken Cup) winner: Laurence Dallaglio

Jeremy Guscott

"Wales are waiting to happen, but can't play for 80 minutes and are nowhere near their Grand Slam winning sides" - former England and Lions star: Jeremy Guscott. 

2011 is last Six Nations for many Irish stars: 2011 WILL be Brian's last World Cup

"Ireland somehow look better than last year, eventhough they've the same players." - Dallaglio 
"Ireland are way past their sell by date" - All Black all-time leading cap holder: Seán Fitzpatrick

"Italy's big game every year is always against Scotland, though they could fancy
Italy:  can't play for 80 minutes
themselves against Wales this year" - former England international: Stuart Barnes
"Italy won't win a game. If rugby was a 40 minute game, Italy would win a lot of matches. Problem for them is that it's an 80 minute game." - Jeremy Guscott 

Scotland's star man: scrum-half Mike Blair

"I think Scotland will win three games; against Ireland at home, Italy and Wales." - Stuart Barnes

All Black all-time record cap holder:  Seán Fitzpatrick
The 2011 RBS Six Nations starts this Friday and is certainly more than a dress rehearsal for the World Cup.
"It's the best rugby competition in the World, due to it's rich history." - Seán Fitzpatrick

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