Rugby 6 Nations: Ireland and England fight for the Grand Slam

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

On March 1st, Ireland and England will fight for the Grand Slam, a match that could be decisive for the final victory.

Rugby 6 Nations 2015

As every year around this date, the Europe of rugby is bustling with the celebration of the Six Nations. Italy was included in the competition in 2000, joining England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and France. Six teams giving everything on the field to win the European Championship and try to reach the well-known Grand Slam, which can only be obtained by the team winning all the games.

In 2015 the 120th edition of the historic competition takes place. The tournament kicked off on February 6 with the match of England and Wales at the Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium in what would become an exciting meeting. During the first half the Red and Whites were absolutely dominated by Wales who had the support of the fans. But after the break, the Stuart Lancaster team recovered thanks to the effectiveness in touch recoveries and scrum. In the end, the English won 16-21 against the Red Dragons, the winners of the tournament in 2012 and 2013.

Round 1: no surprises

On Saturday, Ireland entered the competition with the game at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Italy, being the only team that has never won the competition, resisted for about one hour the pushes of the current champion. The men of the French coach, Jacques Brunel, physically challenged, finally succumbed dramatically in the last 20 minutes. Final score: 3-26.

To close the first round, France received Scotland at the monumental Stade de France. Despite being disappointed last year, the French, under the baton of Philippe Saint André, were presented as the favourites against the Thistles, who have not won the title since 1999. No tries scored, the French, imposed but not convincing too much with 15-8.

Round 2: the consolidation of England and Ireland

With an unbalanced duel in perspective, the English played against Italy their second game at Twickenham. It is in this legendary stadium where the final of the Rugby World Cup will take place on October 31, 2015. Despite a good beginning of the match and the three tries, the Italians floundered in the English ground (47-17).

As for Ireland and France, each one holding a victory, they both aimed to emerge stronger from the confrontation in the Aviva Stadium of Dublin. The Shamrocks, current champions, could not relax in front of the French, and the game was tense and close. During the break, Ireland was dominating with a head-start of 6 points. France showed its stronger side during the second half, scoring the only try in the match. But that was not enough and the Joe Schmidt team won with 18-11.

Wales and Scotland met at Murrayfield, both looking to make up for their respective losses in round 1. The Welsh were logically ahead of the Scots in a spectacular game that ended in 23-26.

Towards a “final” Ireland - England

So far, the tournament presents itself quite tight. After two intense rounds, these two “Nations” are still fighting for the Grand Slam. The match that will take place on March 1 between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin will be decisive for the final victory. What are you waiting for to see in action the scrums, tackles and tries of the best ones? The supremacy of the rugby is at stake this year.

The same weekend, the 15 of France will have the opportunity to recover in Paris against Wales. The clash promises a great show between the last Rugby World Cup finalist and the winner of the 6 Nations in 2012 and 2013.

The outcome is still uncertain, the tournament will keep the fans on tenterhooks until the end. On March 14, Wales and Ireland, will meet at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. And the following week, in the last game of the 6 Nations championship, England and France will meet at Twickenham, on March 21st. Both teams, bitter enemies of European rugby, will see each other for the highly expected and traditional “crunch”. The English have not faced a defeat at home against the French since 2007. Excitement and adrenaline are guaranteed until the last minute every year at the Rugby 6 Nations games, don’t miss out on it and experience it live.