Tag: six nations rugby

  • 2008 RBS Six Nations Schedule

    <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/6nations.jpg" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="390" height="304" alt="" /><br /> <em>All times are Bahamian.</em><br /> <br /> <div align="center"><strong><font color="#666666">Saturday, February 2</font><table align="" width="200" border="1"><tr><td><font color="#009900">Ireland</font> v <font color="#0000CC">Italy</font> (9am)<br /> England v <font color="#FF0000">Wales</font> (11.30am)</td></tr></table><br /> <br /> <font color="#666666">Sunday, February 3</font><table align="" width="200" border="1"><tr><td><font color="#0000CC">Scotland</font> v <font color="#0000CC">France</font> (10am)</td></tr></table><br /> <br /> <font color="#666666">Saturday, February 9</font><table align="" width="200" border="1"><tr><td><font color="#FF0000">Wales</font> v <font color="#0000CC">Scotland</font> (9am)<br /> <font color="#0000CC">France</font> v <font color="#009900">Ireland</font> (11am)</td></tr></table><br /> <br /> <font color="#666666">Sunday, February 10</font><table align="" width="200" border="1"><tr><td><font color="#0000CC">Italy</font> v England (9.30am)</td></tr></table><br /> <br /> <font color="#666666">Saturday, February 23</font><table align="" width="200" border="1"><tr><td><font color="#FF0000">Wales</font> v <font color="#0000CC">Italy</font> (10am)<br /> <font color="#009900">Ireland</font> v <font color="#0000CC">Scotland</font> (12noon)<br /> <font color="#0000CC">France</font> v England (3pm)</td></tr></table><br /> <br /> <font color="#666666">Saturday, March 8</font><table align="" width="200" border="1"><tr><td><font color="#009900">Ireland</font> v <font color="#FF0000">Wales</font> (8.15am)<br /> <font color="#0000CC">Scotland</font> v England (10.15am)</td></tr></table><br /> <br /> <font color="#666666">Sunday, March 9</font><table align="" width="200" border="1"><tr><td><font color="#0000CC">France</font> v <font color="#0000CC">Italy</font> (10am)</td></tr></table><br /> <br /> <font color="#666666">Saturday, March 15</font><table align="" width="200" border="1"><tr><td><font color="#0000CC">Italy</font> v <font color="#0000CC">Scotland</font> (8am)<br /> England v <font color="#009900">Ireland</font> (10am)<br /> <font color="#FF0000">Wales</font> v <font color="#0000CC">France</font> (12noon)</td></tr></table></strong><br /> Source: <a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/rugby/six_nations/article1586161.ece" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Times Online</strong></font></u></a> </div>

     
  • Six Nations Video Highlights

    <a href="http://www.rbs6nations.com/video_highlight.htm" target="_blank"><u><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/6nations_logo1a_08.jpg" align="left" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="170" height="232" alt="" /></u></a><br /> <em>Here is some fantastic video footage provided by the Official RBS Six Nations Website. The quality is excellent and if you can put up with some drab commentary (which gets better three weeks in) then you'll love it.</em><br /> <br /> Each match has 15 minuntes of highlights, so give yourself plenty of time.<br /> <br /> <div align="center"><font color="#FF0000"><strong>Youth players who have not had many opportunities to watch first class rugby should definitely watch these clips.</strong></font></div><br /> <br /> <em><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Click on the Six Nations logo to go to the link.</strong></font></em>

     
  • Six Nations Round Up: France

    <div align="center"><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Laporte hails French spirit</strong></font></div><br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/RugbyLogoFrance_01.jpg" align="right" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="146" height="147" alt="" /><br /> <em>France head coach <strong>Bernard Laporte</strong> believes the spirit fostered in his title-winning squad over the last seven weeks vindicates his decision to convoke a 40-man party for the recent RBS 6 Nations Championship.</em> <br /> <br /> Laporte was not able to live up to his pre-tournament vow of giving every member of his squad at least one game in the competition in the hope of seeing as many players as possible in the run-up to the World Cup later this year. <br /> <br /> A combination of injuries and a desire to keep his first-choice team intact to maintain a Grand Slam momentum put paid to that. <br /> <br /> But Laporte believes almost two months of continuous training and bonding at Les Bleus' custom-made training camp in Marcoussis, a village 20km south of Paris, has helped mould his group into 'one little family'. <br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> When asked what he can take from the tournament, won by France on Saturday following their dramatic 46-19 win over Scotland, Laporte said: 'Winning it, of course. <br /> <br /> 'We wanted to win it and we did that, by going through joy and also pain. Sport is like that, an eternal restarting from scratch. <br /> <br /> 'But I will also remember living life in this community with the players who we have discovered. <br /> <br /> 'There was never the slightest tension. We have functioned like a true club, like one little family, with great respect for each other. <br /> <br /> 'If we make a review, save for the injured players, everybody was able to revive themselves and find a certain enthusiasm.' <br /> <br /> He added: 'What gets me excited in particular, it is living with this group, who are just extraordinary. It has been like this for years. <br /> <br /> 'We feel good about this and we hope this continues." <br /> <br /> After winning his fourth RBS 6 Nations title in his eight years in charge, Laporte admitted he knows 90% of his squad for the World Cup. <br /> <br /> Indeed, the showpiece that begins on September 7 with a clash between Les Bleus and Argentina will occupy his mind for the next six months. <br /> <br /> 'There remains a certain number of questions,' he said. <br /> <br /> 'Who will be the last prop. Who will be third hooker? Who will we take in the back row? Who will be the centres and the wingers? <br /> <br /> 'The World Cup will be another competition. Just because we are champions of Europe, it doesn't mean we will beat Argentina or Ireland in September. <br /> <br /> 'But the fact we won this is a positive, it gives us some momentum. <br /> <br /> 'Being European champions is all very well, but we must from now on wish to be world champions.'<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.rbs6nations.com/news_5411.htm" target="_blank"><u><strong><font color="#0000CC">Official RBS Six Nations Site</font></strong></u></a>

     
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  • Six Nations Round Up: Ireland

    <div align="center"><font color="#009900"><strong>O'Sullian hopes luck of Irish changes</strong></font></div><br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/IRFU_logo_02.jpg" align="right" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="150" height="150" alt="" /><br /> <em><strong>Eddie O'Sullivan</strong> claims Ireland's anti-climatic RBS 6 Nations was undermined by a run of bad luck that he hopes will be evened out during the World Cup.</em> <br /> <br /> France retained their crown on points difference alone with a dubious late try from Elvis Vermeulen, awarded by the television match official, edging them past Ireland. <br /> <br /> O'Sullivan believes the decision to allow the try was an example of Ireland's lack of fortune during the championship. <br /> <br /> 'We thought we had won the Six Nations until the final seconds in Paris. It was a tough, emotional tournament,' said the Ireland coach. <br /> <br /> 'I've always said the Six Nations is a tough competition to win. You need to play well and be lucky with injuries, which overall we were as we kept a pretty healthy profile. <br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> 'But you also need the rub of the green at some point in the tournament. People say you make your own luck but we could say hand on heart that luck wasn't on our side on Saturday. <br /> <br /> 'We didn't get a lot of luck in the Six Nations so I hope we get some in the World Cup.' <br /> <br /> Ireland put themselves in a magnificent position to clinch the title with a spellbinding 51-24 victory at the Stadio Flaminio that saw Italy cut to ribbons. <br /> <br /> And while Irish title hopes were ultimately dashed by the narrowest of margins, O'Sullivan feels the display in Rome will stand the team in good stead for the summer tour to Argentina and World Cup. <br /> <br /> 'Our performance sent a message out because our accuracy was right up there. We did create a lot of chances and took them,' he said. <br /> <br /> 'In the first half we managed to get three tries without having the best possession. <br /> <br /> 'There was a lot of good in that and we have to take a step back and say that it was a good performance against Italy. <br /> <br /> 'They were on a high after taking two big scalps but we put them to the sword in a pretty clinical way. That's got to carry some weight. <br /> <br /> 'Now we have to keep that momentum and kick on.'<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.rbs6nations.com/news_5413.htm" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Official RBS Six Nations Site</strong></font></u></a>

     
  • Six Nations Round Up: England

    <font color="#FF0000"><strong>Andrew buoyed by England future</strong></font><br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/ENgland Logo_01.gif" align="right" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="150" height="160" alt="" /><br /> <em><strong>Rob Andrew</strong> believes England have finally emerged from the shadow of the 2003 World Cup win and have a very bright long-term future.</em> <br /> <br /> England's director of elite rugby was reflecting on an RBS 6 Nations campaign of mixed success - three home wins, two away defeats but the best red rose performance in the tournament for three seasons. <br /> <br /> There are still major issues head coach Brian Ashton needs to address over the next six months, particularly in the forwards where the traditional strength of England's game has been at least partially eroded. <br /> <br /> But Andrew is convinced England are entering an exciting new era after young players like Nick Easter, David Strettle, Shane Geraghty, Tom Rees and Toby Flood all emerged to make their mark on the international scene. <br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> Andrew said: 'It was a very positive Six Nations in many respects. <br /> <br /> "We have blooded a lot of new players and won our three home games which is the first place you start when you are trying to rebuild something. England were even struggling to win at home prior to that. <br /> <br /> "The long-term future looks very bright. The increased in size of our pool of Test players is a positive shift. <br /> <br /> "And one of the important things to have come from the Six Nations is that for the first time in three years England are looking forward rather than looking back. <br /> <br /> "The short-term challenge is about getting the right balance between youth and experience to deliver what Brian wants delivered heading into the World Cup. <br /> <br /> "The last World Cup team took six years to develop and we have six months. <br /> <br /> "But if we do get that balance right there have been enough signs in this tournament that we can be positive moving forward.' <br /> <br /> The summer tour to South Africa will be vital for Ashton to try and strike that balance, address the problems up front and cure England's inability to win away. <br /> <br /> But his plans could be seriously affected if Wasps and Leicester reach the European Cup final, which is played at Twickenham the weekend before the first Test. <br /> <br /> The England pack against Wales last Saturday was made up entirely of players from the two Premiership clubs. <br /> <br /> "There are causes for concern that need to be addressed - particularly the performances up front away from home against Wales and Ireland,' said Andrew. <br /> <br /> "Starting to win away from home is a big thing now for these players. That is where South Africa will be important."<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.rbs6nations.com/news_archive_5408.htm" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Official RBS Six Nations Site</strong></font></u></a>

     
  • Six Nations Round Up: Italy

    <div align="center"><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Troncon receives Dondi praise</strong></font></div><br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/Italy_logo_team_logo_02.jpg" align="right" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="130" height="150" alt="" /><br /> <em>Italian Rugby Federation president <strong>Giancarlo Dondi</strong> has hailed captain <strong>Alessandro Troncon`s</strong> contribution to his country`s most successful RBS 6 Nations campaign</em>. <br /> <br /> The veteran scrum-half turned in man-of-the-match performances against England and Scotland despite his late call-up to Italy`s squad after an absence of almost two years. <br /> <br /> The Azzurri`s victories against the Scots and Wales saw them finish fourth in the championship, their highest place since they joined the competition in 2000. <br /> <br /> 'All the players has been fantastic, but I must admit watching Alessandro Troncon playing in this tournament was a great joy," Dondi said. <br /> <br /> "He has been our best player, a true leader on the pitch. I personally believe he was one of the most exciting players in the whole tournament.'<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.rbs6nations.com/news_5414.htm" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Official RBS Six Nations Site</strong></font></u></a>

     
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