Friday January 29, 2016
If you love rugby union, you’ll be keenly awaiting the start of 2016’s Six Nations tournament. This year it will take place between 6th February and 19th March, and during that period a total of 15 matches will be played.
The tournament focuses on six nations from the northern hemisphere. These are England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy. Last year, Ireland won the tournament, claiming their 13th title in the process. But will they be able to hold it once again this year? Five other teams will be trying to make sure this isn’t the case.
Each team has its own home stadium, and all six stadiums will be used during the course of the competition. Three matches will be played in the first week, the first of which sees France face off against Italy at the Stade de France in Paris. On the same day, Scotland face England at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. The following day concludes the first week’s action, as Ireland meet Wales in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
In week two the action moves to Cardiff and Rome, with one additional match taking place in Paris. This is where France will meet Ireland, with Wales vs Scotland and Italy vs England also taking place.
As the weeks go on, the positions are decided by the number of games played and the number won and lost by each team. If more than one team wins the same number of matches, the number of points for and against the team will decide who the eventual victor is. As you can imagine, things can change rapidly as time goes on.
So which team will you be backing this year? Will you back Ireland to retain their title, won in hard-fought fashion as it was last year? Or will you back England, who came a close second last year and could have won if they had scored just a few more points in their final match. Even Wales wasn’t far behind, as the top three teams vied for the chance to take the title. Consider your bets carefully and then follow the action.