And so it begins… Today 1st February 2014 the RBS 6 Nations kicks off at 2.30pm with Wales defending their title and playing for a record 3 consecutive RBS trophies. And you know what, they just might do it!
After much of the side being instrumental on the Lions Tour last summer and some encouraging performances in the Autumn International Dove Mens Series against the Southern Hemisphere sides, Wales return to full strength (minus Jon Davies) with Sam Warburton and Jamie Roberts back fit and ready to do battle (the Sam starts on the bench today against Italy).
I don’t really watch much sport and I never spend my Saturday or Sunday afternoon in the pub or at a ground – but for 5 weekends a year I am glued to the TV (or pub screen for a big game) for the 6 Nations. Filling my time before the game is challenge. i suspect the wife will hand me a duster or a basket of washing to do at some point… Today the sun is shining and I am going to occupy myself writing a few blog posts and giving the bikes a once over before deciding which one to ride tomorrow, as I lead a short MB Swindon ride to the historic stone circle at Avebury. The sun will encourage a few out, but it’s going to be muddy.
Anyway, back to the rugby and predictions for the weekend.
Ireland v Scotland – I can’t see this being anything but a win for Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. 15 points clear I reckon.
France v England – Both teams will want to win and believe they can win. The fact that the game is in Paris will edge France I think. Though as we are constantly reminded by the pundits “we don’t know which French side will turn up”… A tight game, France by 5 points.
Wales v Italy – The game that on paper every side knows they can and should win, but arguably the game that each side dreads the most. “Are we the team they are gonna upset this year?” A buoyant Wales in Cardiff should run in half a dozen tries so my Welsh heart says a 25 point clear victory.
Here’s Leigh Halfpenny’s thoughts on the match today.
There, I already killed 15 mins. 4 and half hours to go until kick off!