Six Nations 2019 – Who will come out on top?
Friday the 1st of February marks the beginning of the 2019 Guinness 6 Nations and this will be an interesting one for sure. However, this year kicks off in France at the Stade de France where France will be up against Wales, Saturday 2nd 2019 Scotland play Italy at Murrayfield followed by Ireland v England at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
The Six Nations will bring us weekend’s packed full of exciting rugby matches until Saturday 16th March also known as ‘Super Saturday’. Super Saturday starts with Italy v France in Rome at the Stadio Olympico, followed by Wales v France at the Principality Stadium and finishing off with England v Scotland at Twickenham Stadium.
Grand Slam winners Ireland will be looking to retain the Championship trophy as they are hoping to be in contention for winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
England will be fighting to return to dominance in this year’s competition after they finished fifth for the first time in the Six Nations 2018.
Six Nations Fixtures with UK Kick Off times
France v Wales, Friday Feb 1, 8.00pm (UK & Ireland), Paris
Scotland v Italy, Saturday Feb 2, 2.15pm, Edinburgh
Ireland v England, Saturday Feb 2, 4.45pm, Dublin
Scotland v Ireland, Saturday Feb 9, 2.15pm, Edinburgh
Italy v Wales, Saturday Feb 9, 4.45pm (UK & Ireland), Rome
England v France, Sunday Feb 10, 3.00pm, Twickenham
France v Scotland, Saturday Feb 23, 2.15pm (UK & Ireland), Paris
Wales v England, Saturday Feb 23, 4.45pm, Cardiff
Italy v Ireland, Sunday Feb 24, 3.00pm (UK & Ireland), Rome
Scotland v Wales, Saturday Mar 9, 2.15pm, Edinburgh
England v Italy, Saturday Mar 9, 4.45pm, Twickenham
Ireland v France, Sunday Mar 3.00pm, Dublin
Italy v France, Saturday Mar 16, 12.30pm (UK & Ireland), Rome
Wales v Ireland, Saturday Mar 16, 2.45pm, Cardiff
England v Scotland, Saturday Mar 16, 5.00pm Twickenham
6 Nations Talking Points
Firstly, Ireland are favourites going into the competition and some may say that it is their’s to lose. They looked deadly in their Grand Slam last year and they have been on fire since. Beating the Aussies 2-1 in their 3-match test in June 2018 and then going unbeaten until this present day. They managed a victory over the All Blacks in November. However, on the 2nd February, we will find out if 2019 is the year they crumble.
England are coming off a rather disappointing Six Nations finishing 5th for the first time ever in 2018. Can they beat Ireland in this year’s opening game staged at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin? England coming off a run of some decent victories which include Australia, Japan and loosing 15-16 to the All Blacks and beating South Africa. Can they turn this around in the 2019 Six Nations? Farrell will be captaining the Roses for the first 2 matches and Dylan Hartley currently injured will possibly making a return in the 3rd match against Wales at the Principality Stadium.
Italy’s Sergio Parisse is Italy’s most-capped player, and currently 5th most-capped player worldwide. He was the first Italian rugby union player to be nominated for the IRB International Player of the Year, first in 2008 and again in 2013. Parisse is widely considered one of the greatest number eights of modern rugby. His first 6 nations was back in 2003, this year could potentially be the last for Sergio.
Wales are also major title contenders. Warren Gatland’s men are undefeated since losing to reigning Grand Slam champions Ireland in last season’s Six Nations, since when they have toppled South Africa (twice), Argentina (twice), Australia, Scotland, France, Italy and Tonga.
As Gatland heads into his final tournament as Wales boss – he steps down after the World Cup later this year – he has every reason to be on a high about chances of winning the tournament.