Are England destined for third straight Six Nations title?

03 February, 2018, 11:32 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Are England destined for third straight Six Nations title?

"I think you can be working as hard as you can in the Six Nations and still that's good preparation for whatever comes next year or beyond".

When we last left the yearly drama that is the RBS Six Nations tournament, England were claiming the title, but leaving the Aviva Stadium more than a little disappointed, their loss to the Irish meaning they missed out on a second consecutive Grand Slam, a Triple Crown and the opportunity to break New Zealand's record of consecutive test wins, drawing level with the All Blacks on 18.

Reflecting on the team selection, Joe Schmidt said: "We felt James (Ryan) went really well recently against Montpelier who are a big side, and we're really looking forward to seeing what he delivers on Saturday".

France last won the Six Nations in 2010. We also have the experience of Fergus McFadden who is also a pretty accomplished goal-kicker too.

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He previously coached Jalibert at Bordeaux-Begles.

Actually, the Irish know enough.

Scotland‚ dark horses to go on and win the championships‚ beat Wales at Murrayfield previous year and don't bet against them winning away from home this time. Kick off, to remind you, is at 4.45pm on Saturday evening at the Stade de France.

"When Ireland played Argentina they went after Sanchez, their number 10 and Bundee Aki was used to drive him at angles out of the way and make gaps through the middle, so keep an eye out for that one at the weekend", McCarry said. Recent encounters suggest another gritty one.

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Geoffrey Palis; Teddy Thomas; Remi Lamerat; Henry Chavancy; Virimi Vakatawa; Matthieu Jalibert; Maxime Machenaud; Kevin Gourdon; Yacouba Camara; Wenceslas Lauret; Sebastien Vahaamahina; Arthur Iturria; Rabah Slimani; Guilhem Guirado (capt); Jefferson Poirot.

To that end, he's picked Geoffrey Palis at fullback, Arthur Iturria to lock his second test, and moved Kevin Gourdon from flanker to No. 8 for the first time at global level. Reserves: Adrien Pelissie, Dany Priso, Cedate Gomes Sa, Paul Gabrillagues, Marco Tauleigne, Antoine Dupont, Anthony Belleau, Benjamin Fall.

IRELAND: Kearney, Earls, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale, Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best, Furlong, Henderson, James Ryan, O'Mahony, van der Flier, Stander.

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