Who's watching the Six Nations?

  • shutoman

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    Feb 03, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
    The Six Nations tournament started this weekend with three cracking matches.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/16658830

    Italy just caused a major upset by beating France in a well-paced match.

    English, Irish, Scots, Welsh, Italians and French, Most Americans and many others will have some heritage from these nations - but it's not necessary. Just pick a country and get involved.

    Here's a relatively user-friendly introduction to the game:

    http://artofmanliness.com/2009/03/10/rugby-basics/
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    Feb 04, 2013 12:35 PM GMT
    Yep some good rugby, what were Scotland and England doing running the ball like thaticon_smile.gif
  • shutoman

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    Feb 04, 2013 2:34 PM GMT
    I know! Great stuff. For a moment I thought that I was watching the wrong match. There was some very fancy dummy-ing by England at the beginning to the second half that reminded me of the France of the 80s and 90s.

    But the game that delighted me most was the Italy win. The tournament doesn't make sense unless all six teams are up to muster and, while they've been bedding themselves in, Italy have mostly been there not to waste the opportunity of a extra fixture where there used to be a rest weekend.

    But the impact of club rugby in Italy is being felt. And they deserved to win yesterday, no doubt. I couldn't believe this was the same France of the Australia test and while they just weren't on the same form Italy really took the opportunity. I'm enjoying seeing a distinctive Italian style develop in front of my very eyes.

    Oh, and don't tell me that the Wallabies aren't capable of closing down a match to stopped play and drop goals when it suits. But I think you know that :-)
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    Feb 06, 2013 10:58 AM GMT
    Thanks for the links and your thoughts on an 'Italian Style'. Anything that can reduce 'robot' rugby is in best interests of the game.