The Urban 6 Nations 2018 Thread

Discussion in 'general sports' started by Grandma Death, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. Grandma Death

    Grandma Death Reconfiguring & Reconstructing

    Well....a month to go. You know the drill. All chat relating to team selections, injuries and of course the wild optimistic guesses.

    I think this could be an interesting year. Basically two teams are clear favourites-but could Scotland be the stalking horse? They went to pieces last year at twickers when they headed there full of confidence-but this year they HAVE to fancy their chances at Murrayfield?

    England have the upper hand with Ireland at home and Wales at home.

    Could Wales shock everybody as the underdogs?

    Fixtures:

    ROUND ONE
    Wales v Scotland.... Principality Stadium (Cardiff).... Saturday, February 3.... 2.15pm GMT.... BBC

    France v Ireland.... Stade de France (Paris).... Saturday, February 3.... 4.45pm GMT.... BBC

    Italy v England.... Stadio Olimpico (Rome).... Sunday, February 4.... 3pm GMT.... ITV

    ROUND TWO
    Ireland v Italy.... Aviva Stadium (Dublin).... Saturday, February 10.... 2.15pm GMT.... ITV

    England v Wales.... Twickenham (London).... Saturday, February 10.... 4.45pm GMT.... ITV

    Scotland v France.... Murrayfield (Edinburgh).... Sunday, February 11.... 3pm GMT.... BBC

    ROUND THREE
    France v Italy.... Orange Velodrome (Marseille).... Friday, February 23.... 8pm GMT.... ITV

    Ireland v Wales.... Aviva Stadium (Dublin).... Saturday, February 24.... 2.15pm GMT.... BBC

    Scotland v England.... Murrayfield (Edinburgh).... Saturday, February 24.... 4.45pm GMT.... BBC


    ROUND FOUR
    Ireland v Scotland.... Aviva Stadium (Dublin).... Saturday, March 10.... 2.15pm GMT.... ITV

    France v England.... Stade de France (Paris).... Saturday, March 10.... 4.45pm GMT.... BBC

    Wales v Italy.... Principality Stadium (Cardiff).... Sunday, March 11.... 3pm GMT.... BBC

    ROUND FIVE
    Italy v Scotland.... Stadio Olimpico (Rome).... Saturday, March 17.... 12.30pm GMT.... ITV

    England v Ireland.... Twickenham (London).... Saturday, March 17.... 2.45pm GMT.... ITV

    Wales v France.... Principality Stadium (Cardiff).... Saturday, March 17.... 5pm GMT.... BBC

    And your predictions please.

    Likely and Wildcard.


    LIKELY:

    England (points)
    Ireland
    Scotland
    Wales
    France
    Italy

    WILDCARD

    Scotland (Slam)
    Ireland
    England
    Wales
    France
    Italy


    bendeus fancy a few beers on Super Saturday mate?
     
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  2. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    as a Wasps fan I feel duty bound to be the person posting the inevitable Cipriani article(s)
     
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  3. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    and I completely agree with your Likely prediction.
     
  4. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    I'm sure he will still be laughing at your first comment to have a pint in March!
     
  5. Smick

    Smick Strictly Second Class

    I love the six nations. I don’t watch much rugby throughout the rest of the year, but I try to watch every 6n match if I can. It’s like a reward for getting through the awfulness of January.
     
  6. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Ireland vs England on St Patrick's. Should be messy!!!
     
  7. Grandma Death

    Grandma Death Reconfiguring & Reconstructing

  8. Grandma Death

    Grandma Death Reconfiguring & Reconstructing

    Didnt realise no team has ever won three titles in a row. God fucking help us if England do. The room will stink of their farts for years
     
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  9. bendeus

    bendeus Bellend Tagline Generator

    You're on. You can show me your favourite ditch at the end of the evening ;):p
     
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  10. bendeus

    bendeus Bellend Tagline Generator

    Sad thing is, I'm not sure how much of a blow this actually is any more. His last game against Ireland aside, Gogzilla hasn't brought much for some time.

    I'm wondering whether Gatland will take a look at Josh Adams - he's not tied by the new laws related to the national team and he's pulling up trees - currently the AP's top scorer
     
  11. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    You say EVER as if the competition has been going for ages, its only 18 years old!
     
  12. Grandma Death

    Grandma Death Reconfiguring & Reconstructing

    Right it's on mate. It's in my diary. Don't let me down mate!

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  13. Grandma Death

    Grandma Death Reconfiguring & Reconstructing

    I'm aware of that. Still a remarkable achievement given no other team has done it?

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  14. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Scotland once managed 6 in a row, in the 1890s! lol
     
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  15. Grandma Death

    Grandma Death Reconfiguring & Reconstructing

    England winning anything, let alone 6 in a row, makes me feel physically unwell.

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  16. Teaboy

    Teaboy It definitely looks brighter over there..

    I have a horrible feeling this 6N is going to be about who has the least injuries and can get most of their best players on the pitch at the same time. Certainly seems to be the way the season has gone thus far.

    It's still a bit far out but I kinda fancy Ireland this year. I have a suspicion that England may catch a cold up in Edinburgh first out which could open the door for an Ireland 6N on points. So why not a chip an early prediction in:

    Ireland
    England
    Scotland
    Wales
    Italy
    France

    I actually don't think France will come last despite their current chaos, I just enjoyed writing it.
     
  17. bendeus

    bendeus Bellend Tagline Generator

    England
    Ireland
    Scotland
    Wales
    France
    Italy

    No 'slam
     
  18. Threshers_Flail

    Threshers_Flail Well-Known Member

    I think he has to, we are really lacking depth in the back three.
     
  19. Grandma Death

    Grandma Death Reconfiguring & Reconstructing

  20. flypanam

    flypanam “There is no reason for restraint”

    I'd fancy our chances except we're two or three injuries away from been a bit shit, also we're pretty shocking when it comes to staring the campaigns. I'd also lower my expectations because a number of players are still green in caps terms; Stockdale, Carbery and I'd love to see it but probably won't Jordan Larmour.

    England
    Scotland
    Ireland
    Wales
    France
    Italy
     
  21. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Billy Vunipola's back from injury earlier than I remember being predicted. On the other hand, Joe Marler will miss Italy and Wales.
     
  22. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    yeh, but we're pretty well stocked at loosehead
     
  23. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    That's England's strength over the others in a nutshell really; that they have that strength in depth to replace pretty much anyone with a high standard player. Farrell might be the exception, but that's open to debate.
     
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  24. bendeus

    bendeus Bellend Tagline Generator

    Sorry, stop press. Gatland to pick the entire Scarlets team and Beirne to switch allegiance. Wales to romp to a slam with pride, passion and guile
     
  25. bendeus

    bendeus Bellend Tagline Generator

    And that's how Eddie wins matches. No tactical genius, just a bloke who realises that if you bring on massive, athletic players in the last 20 you're likely to outscore your less well served opponents. The number of Eng wins that happen in the final quarter after near parity for the first three is telling.
     
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  26. diond

    diond Well-Known Member

    Well it is tactical and it is genius, considering it works and yet no other 6N side has either a) cottoned on, or b) not been able to do it themselves.
     
  27. diond

    diond Well-Known Member

    Well let's hope they do. I don't like to see anything suffering, but I'll make an exception in your case.
     
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  28. bendeus

    bendeus Bellend Tagline Generator

    They have cottoned onto it as it's utterly bloody obvious. They haven't been able to do it themselves because they don't have a bench like England's. Nobody does.

    E2A: so it isn't genius, it's just a fairly smart use of existing resource.
     
  29. Grandma Death

    Grandma Death Reconfiguring & Reconstructing

    I shall be so drunk on the last day I will have technically medicated away the pain. So there.

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  30. Teaboy

    Teaboy It definitely looks brighter over there..

    Would you like us to stop the game after an hour? Maybe bring in some sort of deceleration thing like in Cricket?

    There must be some way we can change the rules to stop the team with the better squad winning?
     
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