Six Nations & Grand Slam

The Six Nations Championship (referred to as RBS 6 Nations as it's sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland) is an annual international rugby union competition involving six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. The four Major tennis tournaments, also called the Slams, are the most important tennis events of the year in terms of world tour ranking points, tradition, prize-money awarded, strength and size of player field, and public attention. 5.0/5

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The RBS Six Nations tournament came to a dramatic conclusion last weekend as Ireland held on to claim the title. The England players were left thinking what might have been after narrowly losing their first match to France; a result that would ultimately cost them the Grand Slam.
Six Nations - Farrell hopeful France can help England win Six Nations Andy Farrell is backing England to *** the 2014 RBS 6 Nations title from Ireland's fingertips - with a little help from old foes France. The climatic day of the tournament opens at the Stadio Olimpico where Stuart Lancaster's men will attempt to rout Italy before relocating to the post-match function to watch events in Paris unfold. Offering the most realistic chance of a first Six Nations crown under Lancaster is France spoiling Brian O'Driscoll's international farewell and being crowned champions on points difference. Les Bleus' typically erratic form makes the outcome of the final match fiendishly difficult to predict, but Farrell senses they are ready to do England a favour - six weeks after destroying their Grand Slam dream. "We've got a good chance of winning the title because the French are at their best when their backs are against the wall," England's backs coach said. "A few questions have been asked of the French team rece .. ...
Hey Niall! Sorry for Ireland's loss on the Six Nations... I wanted Ireland to win the Grand Slam and the Triple Crown... :(
England 13-10 Ireland 22 February 2014 Updated 18:29 By Tom Fordyce - Chief sports writer England ended Ireland's Triple Crown ambitions and blew the Six Nations title race wide open as they fought back to edge one of the great Twickenham battles. Rob Kearney's beautifully worked try had given Ireland a seven-point lead early in the second half before Danny Care replied with a thrilling score of his own to steal it back. Owen Farrell, who had earlier notched two penalties, then landed the conversion before a titanic final quarter saw both sides reduced to stumbling exhaustion by the relentless pace. With both teams attacking in waves against remorseless defences, Ireland could not work the break nor penalty they needed as the seconds ran out. It meant there would be no happy ending for the peerless Brian O'Driscoll - in his record-equalling 139th Test - on his last appearance at this stadium, and no second Grand Slam with which to garland his final season. But for England - beaten at the death by France a ...
Best of the Weekend: Cruise control for Ireland, England and France February 10, 2014 Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes boosted with win over the champions Welsh hopes of a Grand Slam died in Dublin this weekend, and the defending champions were dealt a hammer blow to their chances of retaining the title, as Ireland cruised to a 26-3 victory at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland imposed their game on Wales right from the off, and Warren Gatland’s side lacked both the intensity of their opponents, and the tactical nous. Tries from Chris Henry and Paddy Jackson, as well as a proficient kicking display from Jonathan Sexton, were enough to consign Wales to their first away defeat in the Six Nations since 2011. Wales did not match the defensive intensity of their opponents throughout the game, which was characterised by their poor defence of the driving mauls which set up both Irish tries, whilst the speed of Ireland’s line meant they were able to effectively cut off Welsh attacks at source, and prevent Wales’ danger ...
Resurgent Ireland ease past Wales 08 February 2014, 18:28 Ireland put a huge dent in Welsh hopes of a record third Six Nations title in a row, with a clinical display in Dublin's Lansdowne Road on Saturday as they ran out 26-3 winners. Warren Gatland's men simply never got close to the hosts, who tactically outmanoeuvred the giants in red, and boasted raw strength and aggression to complete the rout. Ireland have not begun a Six Nations with back-to-back victories since the Grand Slam year of 2009, and this comprehensive result will have them dreaming in Dublin. "Well it always helps to have the first two games at home and we would be disappointed not to have four points," said Ireland's outstanding captain Paul O'Connell. "Still it puts us in great heart for what will be a tremendous challenge against England at Twickenham in aa fortnight," added the lock. Jonny Sexton's boot dominated the game, but the performances of Peter O'Mahony, O'Connell, Andrew Trimble and Rob Kearney will give England boss Stuar ...
STOP PRESS - Six Nations Preview The Six Nations commences this weekend in Cardiff when Wales take on Italy, England travel to Paris to challenge Les Bleus and the weekend’s dramas finish at the Aviva Stadium with Ireland against a pioneering Scottish team! England: Stuart Lancaster has really steadied the ship since the 2011 World Cup, one of the things that he has done best is that he has been prepared to give players a go. This weekend he has done exactly that, Burrell and Nowell have been handed debuts as well as Jonny May receiving his second cap. My prediction – If England can beat France away, they are well on their way to winning a Six Nations! England have two home games: Wales and Ireland. The pain from last year – when they lost the Grand Slam - may just push them past Wales. Predicted finish: 1 France: After the terrible season that they had last year, no-one knows what to expect! Like England, France have given new players a chance: Jules Plisson, an uncapped fly half and Alexandr ...
Six Nations excitement reaching fever pitch. In the game which not many people care about, West England host Italy. The big game of the weekend is undoubtedly a potential Grand Slam decider between the two World-Class Northern Hemisphere heavyweights England and France. Ireland host Scotland in the mid-table skirmish in Dublin. Predictions: France V England - too close to call West England V Italy - yawn Team BOD V Scotland - Two BOD tries to nil.
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Six Nations Rugby Return for 2012 with new Passion The Six Nations Championship also known as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons is an annual international rugby competition. The Six Nations Championship is the successor to the Five Nations and the Home Nations Championship. The current sponsors of the Six Nations are Royal Bank of Scotland. The winners of the Six Nations Championship are also known as the European Champions. France is the last winners of a Grand Slam in 2010, when they defeated Wales at the Stade de France in a 28-9 win. England is the current title holders, defeating France on 19 March 2011. There are six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. The format of the Championship is simple. Each team plays every other team once, with home field advantage alternating from one year to the next. Two points are given for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. Unlike many other rugby union competitions the bonus point system is not used. If a team wins all its ...
Members of Ireland Women's Grand Slam winning squad will embark on a Six Nations trophy tour across Ulster next week, hoping to inspire thousands to take up rugby.
Six Nations 2013: England must improve on their performance against the French to achieve the Grand Slam
We've a big weekend on Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 On Saturday Des Cahill and Joanne Cantwell bring you full commentary on the RBS Six Nations Championship meeting of Italy and Ireland, soccer from the English Premier League and Alliance GAA league latest. Then on St Patrick's Day join Darren Frehill and Jacqui Hurley for highlights from Ireland's Women's rugby team's bid for the Grand Slam in Italy plus coverage of all the day's sport including the AIB All Ireland Senior Club hurling and football finals and the English Premier League. Saturday and Sunday 2pm-6pm
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Six Nations 2013: Dan Cole serves warning to Italy that England's misfiring scrum will be ... Dan Cole has warned Italy that England's underperforming scrum is building towards a big performance in Sunday's Six Nations showdown at Twickenham. Practice makes perfect: England have been working on their scrum to prepare for the challenge of Italy Photo: GETTY IMAGES By Telegraph Sport 4:36AM GMT 06 Mar 2013 Comments Unusually for a nation with such a strong set piece tradition, England are on the Grand Slam trail in spite of their scrum and lineout. England lost the scrummaging battles against both Ireland and France while the red rose lineout has not been a well-oiled machine so far in the RBS 6 Nations championship. The seat of Italy's power lies up front and Cole knows England... ~SportsMan
It has often been said that a week in rugby is a long time. Two weeks ago I sang the praises of the Six Nations as the best competition in the world with three games that more than lived up to that...
::Howley hails composed Wales:: Rob Howley: Delighted with victory in Rome Rob Howley hailed his Wales side after they adapted superbly to testing conditions at a soaking Stadio Olimpico to beat Italy in the 6 Nations. Torrential rain made life treacherous for the reigning Six Nations champions, but second-half tries by centre Jonathan Davies and wing Alex Cuthbert sent Italy packing 26-9. Full-back Leigh Halfpenny chipped inwith 16 points from four penalties and two conversions as Wales recorded a fourth successive Six Nations away win for the first time since the championship began 13 years ago. And it sets them up for appointments with Scotland and England next month, knowing that a retention of Six Nations silverware they won in Grand Slam fashion last season is not beyond them. "I am very pleased," Wales' interim head coach Howley said. "We adapted really well to the conditions and the deluge. We showed patience and composure and we took our opportunities. "Our scrum was very impressive and gave us t ...
England will hope to keep their hopes of a Grand Slam alive by beating France at Twickenham on Saturday in the Six Nations. The big EPL game of the weekend is on Sunday with Man City hosting Chelsea in what looks to be a battle for second place this year. The second leg of the Copa Del Rey is on Tuesday, the game promises to be an intriguing encounter with the tie balanced at 1-1. We'll also have the FA Cup replays on Tuesday and Wednesday. Saturday February 23rd 10:00 QPR v Man Utd 10:00am Arsenal v Aston Villa 10:00am Norwich v Everton Sunday February 24th 8:30am Man City v Chelsea 11:00am Newcastle v Southampton Monday February 25th 3:00pm West Ham v Tottenham FA CUP Tuesday February 26th 2:45pm Everton v Oldham Wednesday February 27th 2:30pm Middlesbrough v Chelsea Copa Del Rey Tuesday February 26th 3:00pm Barcelona v Real Madrid SIX NATIONS RUGBY Saturday February 23rd 12:00pm England v France Sunday February 24th 9:00am Scotland v Ireland*
Wales' 2005 Grand Slam captain Michael Owen believes Sergio Parisse's ban is good for Wales, but a blow for the Six Nations.
thoroughly looking forward to it, Six Nations to be enjoyed first though. Grand Slam too hopefully!
Six Nations: Graham Rowntree urges England to be wary of France's ferocious pack Graham Rowntree has warned England to expect a gruelling battle against a wounded France side on Saturday at Twickenham. Defeats in their opening two Six Nations games have heaped pressure on the French, but Rowntree believes Philippe Saint-Andre's side will be determined to upset the hosts' Grand Slam hopes. The forwards coach is wary of the challenge posed... ~SportsMan
Six Nations: Graham Rowntree warns England about the threat posed by France Graham Rowntree has steeled his men to face a ferocious French pack, motivated by a desire to rescue their own RBS 6 Nations campaign at the expense of England's Grand Slam dreams. France head to Twickenham under immense pressure after losing their opening two games of the championship for the first time since 1982. Conversely, England are on a high but forwards coach... ~SportsMan
Six Nations 2013: Wales' Sam Warburton upbeat on title defence RBS Six Nations Championship: WALES V IRELAND Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday 2 February Kick-off: 13:30 GMT Captain Sam Warburton says Wales are upbeat about defending their Six Nations title despite poor results at international and regional level. Wales enter the championship on the back of seven straight defeats and none of the regions reached the Heineken Cup knockout stages. Wales have not won since beating the Barbarians 30-21 in June . "[We are] Grand Slam champions and that's how we are going to approach the campaign," said Warburton. The Cardiff Blues open-side flanker understands that there is a depressed air about Welsh rugby but insists that it has not entered the Wales camp, despite four defeats to Australia and reversals against Argentina, Samoa and New Zealand. "It's understandable that people are looking that way at Welsh rugby," he admitted. "But quite a few times I have come into campaigns and people don't ...
Wales Team to Face Ireland Announced Wales interim head coach Rob Howley has named an experienced side to begin the defence of their RBS 6 Nations title, with 13 members of the 2012 Grand Slam winning squad starting the opening fixture against Ireland on Saturday. A sold out Millennium Stadium will witness the first match of the 2013 tournament and the starting fifteen features one uncapped player, Dragons second-row Andrew Coombs. Coombs will partner Ospreys’ Ian Evans in the second-row who returns from injury to start the fixture. The front-row sees the return of Adam Jones from injury and he links up with Matthew Rees and Gethin Jenkins to reunite the 2009 British & Irish Lions front row. In the backline Dan Biggar is the only change to the side that kicked off last season’s Six Nations with victory over Ireland in Dublin. The Ospreys fly-half will win his 12th cap at the Millennium Stadium. “As a squad we have worked hard over the past two weeks and go into Saturday excited and confident at defe ...
Six Nations 2013 PredictionPosted on January 28, 2013 by sweetenglandOn February the 2nd the 2013 Six Nations Championship begins. Last year Wales won the Six Nations and got the Grand Slam in the process. All the other nations will be out to make sure that this does not happen again this year.With ...
Former Wales coach Mike Ruddock believes Ireland have strength-in-depth (Rugby U) Grand Slam-winning coach Mike Ruddock believes Ireland are "better equipped" for the RBS Six Nations after the emergence of a talented crop of young players. A spate of injuries over the course of the past 12 months have seen a number of experienced campaigners sidelined - with the likes of Paul O'Connell, Stephen Ferris, Tommy Bowe, Brian O'Driscoll and Rob Kearney having sat out lengthy spells. That has forced coach Declan Kidney to blood Craig Gilroy, Michael Bent, Dave Kilcoyne, Richardt Strauss, Iain Henderson, Ronan Loughney, Declan Fitzpatrick and Simon Zebo since the end of last season's championship. Paddy Jackson and Luke Marshall also got their chance in the non-cap international against Fiji, while Mike McCarthy, Donnacha Ryan, Peter O'Mahony and Chris Henry have gained valuable game-time on the international stage. And although O'Connell, Ferris and Bowe remain in the treatment room, Former Wales boss Ruddock cl ...
Agree with Phil Vickery on England to win the Six Nations this year and a Grand Slam should be achievable
Been in to town. Feels more like January now I've seen the posters outside O'Neills for the Six Nations. They were blatantly encouraging me to go there for the day and get mortal while watching Wales get another Grand Slam! :-)
Elite England after toppling the All Blacks England’s incredible victory over New Zealand will mean very little if it does not provide a platform to improve on the fairly average win ratio achieved during Stuart Lancaster’s short tenure as England coach. The men in white, and now sometimes purple, won just 50% of their fixtures in 2012 (6/12) and only managed one win over the big three southern hemisphere rugby powers from six attempts. Despite the unlikely win over the All Blacks, Lancaster must not be afraid to rotate his playing staff if England are to win a first Grand Slam in 10 years. Injuries, possible suspensions, and the complex rules governing the elite squad make it nigh on impossible to predict how many changes will be made in the Six Nations squad. But based on the first half of the season a number of players should make way for returning experienced internationals and some young, but very much in form, Premiership stars. Forwards In the forwards, the props are likely to stay the same but ...
RUGBY - Anglesey’s George North is an injury doubt for this year’s Six Nations Championship. The star winger, a product of Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern on the island, was stretchered off in the second half with possible neck and back injuries at Ravenhill, Belfast. There North's side. Llanelli Scarlets were demolished 47 - 17 by a rampant Ulster in the RaboDirect Pro 12 league. Wales start their defence of the Grand Slam against Ireland in Cardiff on February 2,.
Well that's my new 2013 diary almost filled out: 9 England games, 45 days of the Ashes, 20 F1 races, 21 City games, almost 60 days of Grand Slam tennis, 5 England games in the Six Nations, 23 days of African Cup of Nations and a Rugby League World Cup planned so far. Now I can consider putting in things like family birthdays etc
SPOTY - 2012 was also the year that saw Wales secure their 11th Grand Slam in the Six Nations, Andy Murray's historic US Open triumph, Manchester City's remarkable comeback to win the Premier League title, Chelsea's Champions League victory, Bradley Wiggins's Tour de France triumph, Rory Mcilroy's record-breaking win at the US PGA Championship which cemented his status as the world number one golfer, and Europe's sensational eleventh-hour victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup. What a year!
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