There weren’t many automatic selections for this year’s best of the Six Nations, but that just makes things more interesting and a little unpredictable.
The final week has come and gone with plenty of strong performances to comb over. No room for Scots this time, but there is one Italian and a few Frenchmen.
An sensational day of rugby called a close to what has been a memorable Six Nations tournament, with all three games providing maximum entertainment.
It’s that time of year again. Le Crunch comes at the most crucial time, with England in chase of the championship and France in search of respect.
What a difference a week makes. Seven days ago Ireland had the Grand Slam in the back of their minds, and now their title chances are hanging by a thread.
It’s pretty unusual to arrive at the last weekend of the tournament with all three matches still relevant to the title, though Wales have a tough job ahead.
With only two matches worth mentioning this week, it made the job a little easier but only just. The competition at lock, in particular, was fierce.
A dramatic weekend of Six Nations rugby faded rapidly in quality. From start to finish the action ranged from brilliant, to clumsy, to utterly hideous.
An awkward battle between two sides lacking in confidence and direction takes place as almost an afterthought on Sunday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The Calcutta Cup is one of the highlights of the Six Nations every year, though perhaps less so for Scottish fans when the match is in London.