Six nations battle for silverware
2017 RBS 6 Nations Championship Tournament Update
England are on course to win back-to-back Six Nations Grand Slam triumphs! Red Rose manager Eddie Jones intends to steer England to the top of the rugby world rankings. And England are making giant strides towards that goal by maintaining a winning run under the Australian. After narrow victories over France and Wales in the first two rounds of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations championship, England can beat New Zealand's record for successive Test wins if they sweep aside Italy, Scotland and Ireland in the coming month. All passionate rugby fans in the Northern Hemisphere are buying up the remaining Six Nations tickets to watch the rest of the annual tournament that takes place between February and April. RBS 6 Nations is the longest running rugby championship in the world. Beginning in 1882 as the Home Nations, the tournament featured Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland. In 1910 France joined the competition which then became known as the Five Nations and more recently, Italy joined the tournament in 2000 making it the Six Nations championship.
England won the 2016 Rugby Six Nations title for the 27th time in history after defeating all five rivals during this tournament. In the last round of RBS 6 games England won the Grand Slam after defeating France 31-21. England finished the season in 1st place on the Rugby Union Six Nations 2016 Table, followed by Wales in 2nd and Ireland in 3rd. Scotland finished in 4th place, France in 5th, and Italy last in 6th. England won their first two clashes in the 2017 RBS 6 Nations battle and have their sights on another Grand Slam this year under the leadership of Australian coach Eddie Jones. England go into the mid-point of the championship in a position of strength and depth. The Red Rose are unbeaten, and favored to reach the finale in Dublin on March 18 with a good shot of repeating the Grand Slam. England are in a confident mood as they prepare for Sunday’s RBS Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham with players returning to boost their selection options. Gloucester wing Jonny May, will compete for his position with Jack Nowell preferred for the starting spot against Wales last weekend. Bath’s Anthony Watson now back in the mix following his recovery from injury. Wasps center Elliot Daly had a chance at the flank. May showed his expert skills when scoring against Argentina in November.
“It is that tight for spots that you have got to be at your best in training as well as on game day if you want to be selected,” May said. “The competition is tough. You don’t know who is going to play but ultimately that is a good thing for us because we want to be the best team in the world, and competing with each other is only going to make us better players. Eddie can choose who he wants to win certain games.”
Jones choses wings that fall into one of two categories: a worker- such as Nowell or Marland Yarde or a speedster such as May or Watson. England have never lost to Italy and reportedly Jones may try out new combinations such as Daly or Watson at full-back. May hopes to get selected. “Eddie said that he wanted a different wing, with Jack more direct, a more through-the-line player, whereas I am more of a round-the-outside player,” said May. “Jack was strong against Wales, carrying hard. Yes, I guess Ant Watson and I are competing for spots. We are both fast guys, and Elliot has got gas as well.” May was yellow-carded early in the game against France for a perceived dangerous tackle on center Gaël Fickou costing England points and an opportunity to score themselves. “We get judged on what we do out on the pitch, and that sin-binning has a negative impact on a game, doesn’t it, whether it was a mistake or whatever?” said May. “It wasn’t a great start for me. It was one of those things. It is a game of rugby and you are flying in and sometimes if you take somebody down it doesn’t look the best. I have got to learn from a yellow card and move on. I tried my best.”
Six Nations Trophies List
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CALCUTTA CUP – ENGLAND V SCOTLAND CALCUTTA CUP TICKETS
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The most recent Calcutta Cup match was won by England, who beat Scotland 15–9 at Murrayfield Stadium on 6 February 2016, to retain the Cup which they have held since 2009. The Calcutta Cup is a rugby union trophy awarded to the winner of the annual Six Nations Championship match between England v Scotland. It is currently England's since the 2009 Six Nations Championship. The cup itself is of Indian workmanship, decorated with cobras and an elephant. The 6 Nations incorporates a longer-standing competition between England and Scotland - the Calcutta Cup, originally contested in 1879. The Calcutta Cup gets its name from the original game, held in Calcutta on Christmas Day 1872 between England and a team comprised of players from Ireland, Wales and Scotland. The next year the Calcutta Football Club was formed as gentlemen stationed in India wished to form a rugby club and the year after (1874) the Calcutta Football Club officially joined the RFU (Rugby Football Union). The Calcutta Football Club was disbanded after six years, the club withdrew their funds from the bank and had the rupees melted down to make the Calcutta Cup. When England and Scotland compete in the Six Nations, the winner gains possession of the Calcutta Cup until the next year.
MILLENIUM TROPHY – IRELAND V ENGLAND TICKETS
England & Ireland face each other on Saturday, March 18 to contest for the Millenium Trophy at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, a cup contest which began in 1988 to celebrate Dublin being founded in AD988 by the Vikings.
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This trophy is awarded to the home nations team (Ireland, Wales, Scotland or England) who win all three of their matches against the others - hence the name, Triple Crown
CENTENARY QUAICH – SCOTLAND V IRELAND CENTENARY QUAICH TICKETS
The Centenary Quaich is awarded to the winner of the clash between Scotland & Ireland and dates back to 1989. Scotland won the 2017 Centenary Quaich at Murrayfield defeating Ireland 27-22 in a hard fought battle.
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GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI TROPHY – ITALY V FRANCE GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI TICKETS
Italy host France at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday, March 11 in the 2017 edition of the Guiseppe Garibaldi trophy that has been contested by France and Italy since 2007 to commemorate Giuseppe Garibaldi who led volunteer forces in the unification of Italy and who also led the Army of the Vosges, another volunteer force, fighting for the French Republic in the Franco-Prussian war in 1870-71
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