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Six Nations 2017: What you need to know

All that you need to know about this year’s competition…

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Eddie Jones’s England kickstart their 2017 by looking to defend their RBS Six Nations crown, after a marvelous 2016 that saw them go unbeaten and equal 2003’s 14-test winning record.

With two years until the next Rugby World Cup however, the current crop have a long way to go to emulate the successes of Clive Woodward’s men. It all starts by asserting their dominance at home however and as is par for the course, five teams await intent on knocking last year’s champions from their perch.

New for 2017 will be a bonus points system, similar to that which is used in the Rugby World Cup. The Six Nations Council will implement the bonus point feature on a trial basis in both the men’s and women’s competition in 2017 as well as the U20 Six Nations, with the system being reviewed following the conclusion of the three Championships.

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The Updated Scoring Criteria

1. A team winning a game shall be awarded four match points or (if it scores four tries or more in the process) five match points.

2. A team that loses the match shall be awarded no match points or (if it scores four tries or more in the process or loses by a margin of seven points or fewer) one match point or (if it scores four tries or more in the process and loses by a margin of seven points or fewer) two match points.

3. Teams that draw a match shall each be awarded two match points and any of them that scores four tries or more in the process shall be awarded a further one match point.

4. A team that wins all five of its matches (a Grand Slam) shall be awarded a further three match points.

The Fixtures 

  • Saturday February 4 – Scotland v Ireland, England v France
  • Sunday February 5 – Italy v Wales
  • Saturday February 11 – Italy v Ireland, Wales v England
  • Sunday February 12 – France v Scotland
  • Saturday February 25 – Scotland v Wales, Ireland v France
  • Sunday February 26 – England v Italy
  • Friday March 10 – Wales v Ireland
  • Saturday March 11 – Italy v France, England v Scotland
  • Saturday March 18 – Scotland v Italy, France v Wales, Ireland v England.

The Squads


federer-nadalEngland:

Forwards: Nathan Catt, Jack Clifford, Dan Cole, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Jamie George , Teimana Harrison, Dylan Hartley, James Haskell, Nathan Hughes , Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Matt Mullan, Kyle Sinckler, Tommy Taylor, Mike Williams, Tom Wood.

Backs: Mike Brown, Danny Care, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph , Alex Lozowski, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Henry Slade , Ben Te’o , Anthony Watson, Marland Yarde, Ben Youngs.

France:

Forwards: Uini Atonio, Cyril Baille, Eddy Ben Arous, Mohamed Boughanmi, Camille Chat, Damien Chouly, Loann Goujon, Kevin Gourdon, Guilhem Guirado, Arthur Iturria, Raphaël Lakafia, Julien Le Devedec, Yoann Maestri, Clement Maynadier, Louis Picamoles, Fabien Sanconnie,(Stade Francais), Sebastien Vahaamahina.

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Backs: Djibril Camara, Yann David, Jean-Marc Doussain, Gael Fickou, Henry Chavancy, Yoann Huget, Rémi Lamerat , Camille Lopez , Maxime Machenaud, Noa Nakaitaci, Geoffrey Palis, Baptiste Serin , Scott Spedding, Virimi Vakatawa.

Ireland:

Forwards: Finlay Bealham, Rory Best, Jack Conan, Ultan Dillane, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Iain Henderson, Billy Holland, Dave Kilcoyne, Dan Leavy, Jack McGrath, Sean O’Brien, Tommy O’Donnell, Peter O’Mahony, Donnacha Ryan, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Devin Toner, James Tracy, Josh van der Flier.

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Backs: Tommy Bowe, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Craig Gilroy, Robbie Henshaw, Paddy Jackson, Rob Kearney, Kieran Marmion, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Luke McGrath, Conor Murray, Tiernan O’Halloran, Garry Ringrose, Rory Scannell, Jonathan Sexton, Andrew Trimble, Simon Zebo.

federer-nadalWales:

Forwards: Scott Andrews, Nicky Smith, Rob Evans , Rhodri Jones, Tomas Francis, Samson Lee, Kristian Dacey, Ken Owens, Scott Baldwin, Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones, Rory Thornton, Luke Charteris, Cory Hill, James King, Justin Tipuric, Olly Cracknell, Ross Moriarty, Taulupe Faletau , Sam Warburton, Thomas Young.

Backs: Gareth Davies, Rhys Webb, Aled Davies, Dan Biggar, Sam Davies, Owen Williams, Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams, Ashton Hewitt, Alex Cuthbert, Steffan Evans, George North, Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny.

Scotland:

Forwards: Alex Allan, Simon Berghan, Zander Fagerson, Gordon Reid, Jon Welsh , Fraser Brown , Ross Ford, Stuart McInally, Jonny Gray, Richie Gray, Grant Gilchrist, Tim Swinson, Ben Toolis, John Barclay, Cornell Du Preez, John Hardie, Rob Harley, Josh Strauss , Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson.

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Backs: Greig Laidlaw, Ali Price, Henry Pyrgos, Finn Russell, Duncan Weir, Mark Bennett, Alex Dunbar, Huw Jones, Matt Scott, Duncan Taylor, Stuart Hogg, Damien Hoyland, Sean Maitland, Tommy Seymour, Tim Visser.

Italy:

Forwards: Pietro Ceccarelli, Dario Chistolini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Andrea Lovotti, Sami Panico, Tommaso D’Apice, Ornel Gega, Leonardo Ghiraldini, George Fabio Biagi, Joshua Furno, Marco Fuser, Federico Ruzza, Andries Van Schalkwyk, Marco Barbini, Simone Favaro, Maxime Mata Mbanda, Francesco Minto, Sergio Parisse, Abraham Jurgens Steyn.

Backs: Giorgio Bronzini, Edoardo Gori, Marcello Violi, Tommaso Allan, Carlo Canna , Tommaso Benvenuti, Tommaso Boni, Michele Campagnaro, Luke McLean, Giulio Bisegni, Angelo Esposito, Giovambattista Venditti, Edoardo Padovani.

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The Odds…

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England – 20/23
Ireland – 5/2
Wales – 9/1
Scotland – 25/1
France – 16/1
Italy – 1000/1

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