6-Nations 2010 final week analysis & team lineups

17 03 2010

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Ireland fans in Croke park last weekend

Well here it is, the final week of the 6-Nations 2010. This week’s games see Wales v Italy,  Ireland v Scotland and France take on England.

The table as it stands:

Pos Team P W D L F A PD TF Pts
France 1 France 4 4 0 0 123 59 64 13 8
Ireland 2 Ireland 4 3 0 1 86 72 14 9 6
England 3 England 4 2 1 1 78 64 14 5 5
Wales 4 Wales 4 1 0 3 80 107 -27 7 2
Italy 5 Italy 4 1 0 3 59 104 -45 4 2
Scotland 6 Scotland 4 0 1 3 60 80 -20 2 1

Analysis:

Well it seem that this Grand-Slam & Championship is France’s for the taking. All they need is to take one or more points from their game with England and the title is theirs. However should France lose to England (Shock horror!) and Ireland were to beat Scotland well then there is a slight chance that Ireland could pip France to the Championship. (the combined points differential would have to be greater that 50, England beating France, Ireland beating Scotland)

It’s mathematically possible, but highly unlikely based on the English performances so far in this tournament. France have just won three games back-to-back for the first time since Marc Lièvremont took over as head coach almost 2 years ago. France have never been known for their consistency and this is the hope that Irish fans are clinging to!

As for Scotland, they have nothing to lose, they will trying to avoid the wooden spoon, Ireland are looking to win their 5th Triple crown in 6 years which is a very impressive achievement in itself. Personally, I would liked to have seen Ireland give some of the younger players some experience at this level, after all, we are rapidly approaching RWC2011. Players like Tom Court, Sean Cronin, Darren Cave, Fergus McFadden & Chris Henry have all proved what they can do at club level and deserve a chance to step-up and show what they are capable of at international-level.

Warren Gatland raised a few eyebrows when selecting 18yr old Tom Prydie to lineout for the Welsh on Saturday. The Ospreys winger will be 18 years and 25 days old when he faces Italy – The youngest player ever to lineout for Wales. He will be joined by fellow debutant Sam Warburton in the backrow. Gatland has made a total of five changes from the side that got beaten by Ireland, with Lions Gethin Jenkins, Mike Phillips and skipper Ryan Jones bringing experience back to the side. Their opponents Italy have proved that they are well capable of competing with the other 5-nations without their star player Sergio Parisse (knee injury).

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Team Lineups:

Sat 20th March 14:30 – Wales v Italy

Wales team:

Lee Byrne; Tom Prydie, James Hook, Jamie Roberts, Shane Williams; Stephen Jones, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Matthew Rees, Adam Jones, Bradley Davies, Luke Charteris, Jonathan Thomas, Sam Warburton, Ryan Jones (captain)
Replacements: Huw Bennett, Paul James, Ian Gough, Gareth Delve, Dwayne Peel, Andrew Bishop, Tom Shanklin

Italy team:

Luke McLean, Kaine Robertson,  Andrea Masi, Gonzalo Garcia, Mirco Bergamasco, Craig Gower,  Pablo Canavosio, Alessandro Zanni, Mauro Bergamasco, Paul Derbyshire, Quintin Geldenhuys, Carlo Antonio Del Fava, Martin Castrogiovanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini (c), Salvatore Perugini.
Replacements: Fabio Ongaro,  Matias Aguero,  Marco Bortolami, Josh Sole,  Tito Tebaldi,  Riccardo Bocchino, Gonzalo Canale.

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Sat 20th March 17:00  –  Ireland v Scotland

Ireland team:

G Murphy; T Bowe, B O’Driscoll, G D’Arcy, K Earls; J Sexton, T O’Leary; C Healy, R Best, J Hayes; D O’Callaghan, P O’Connell; S Ferris, D Wallace, J Heaslip.
Replacements: S Cronin, T Buckley, L Cullen, S Jennings, E Reddan, R O’Gara, R Kearney.

Scotland team:

H Southwell, S Lamont, N De Luca, G Morrison, M Evans, D Parks, C Cusiter, A Jacobsen, R Ford, E Murray, J Hamilton, A Kellock, K Brown, J Barclay, J Beattie.
Replacements: S Lawson, A Dickinson, R Gray, A MacDonald, M Blair, P Godman, S Danielli.

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Sat 20th March 19:45  –  France v England

France team:

Clement Poitrenaud; Marc Andreu, Mathieu Bastareaud, Yannick Jauzion, Alexis Palisson; Francois Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra; Thomas Domingo, William Servat, Nicolas Mas, Lionel Nallet, Julien Pierre, Thierry Dusautoir, Julien Bonnaire, Imanol Harinordoquy.
Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Sebastien Chabal, Alexandre Lapandry, Dimitri Yachvili, David Marty, Julien Malzieu.

England Team:

Ben Foden;  Mark Cueto,  Mike Tindall,  Riki Flutey,  Chris Ashton;  Toby Flood,  Danny Care;  Nick Easter,  Lewis Moody,  Joe Worsley;  Steve Borthwick (captain),  Simon Shaw;  Dan Cole,  Dylan Hartley,  Tim Payne
Replacements: Steve Thompson,  David Wilson,  Louis Deacon,  James Haskell,  Ben Youngs,  Jonny Wilkinson,  Mathew Tait

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