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What we learned from Six Nations week 1

This weekend was the start of the 2020 Six Nations tournament. One of the most exciting rugby tournaments started with three interesting battles. Wales and Italy opened this tournament at this Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Ireland and Scotland faced each other at the amazing Aviva Stadium in Dublin and France welcomed the World Cup runners-up England at Paris in Stade de France. In this article we will discuss the results of these matches.

Wales versus Italy

This match was the start of Wayne Pivac’s reign as Wales head coach. His reign couldn’t start much better than this. Josh Adams, who was the leading try scorer at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, showed he’s a top finisher. Adams scored a hat-trick in this total demolition of the Italian rugby team. Wales was by far the better team in this match and won it with 42-0.

Ireland versus Scotland

Ireland is another team that started this Six Nations tournament with a new head coach. Former England rugby international Andy Farrell was appointed as Ireland’s head coach following the Rugby World Cup. The start of his reign was a lot harder than Pivac’s start for Wales. Ireland versus Scotland was a very exciting and almost equal match. Scotland took an early 0-3 lead in the game. It didn’t take Ireland long to overtake the Scottish team and from the moment Ireland was 5-3, they kept leading the score during the entire match. In the end Ireland won it with 19 against 12.

France versus England

England is the current Rugby World Cup runners-up, after losing against South Africa in the 2019 RWC final. This result made them the favourites for this match on Sunday. France however, started this match with a completely rejuvenated scored. This France team managed to outscore England with three tries to two in the rain. France took a 24-0 lead in the first half. England fought back in the second half, but they couldn’t catch the French team and lost with 24 to 17.

Next fixtures

The upcoming weekend is going to be a very interesting one. Are England, Scotland and Italy capable to fight back or will they lose again? These are the fixtures for round 2 of the Six Nations tournament:

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