The Six Nations is upon us and in this week’s show we comprehensively preview the opening games in this year’s installment in one of rugby’s oldest competitions.
This week’s panel is the most varied yet, with Ireland, Scotland and England all represented. Talking Rugby regulars William and Pedro represent Ireland, Durham man Mike is back for his second show to talk England while new man Nigel joins from Scotland.
0:00 – Before the Six Nations preview, the show starts with William’s thoughts on Brian McLaughlin’s situation at Ulster, with the news that he is set to leave Ulster at the end of the season.
7:20 – We look ahead to Ireland vs Wales in Dublin. Declan Kidney has kept faith (aside from injury) with the players that appeared at the World Cup, is his selection too conservative?
(Note: Wales’ starting lineup was not announced at time of recording.)
21:30 – It’s a new era for England and with one of their most inexperienced Six Nations lineup they face a tricky trip to Scotland. The much maligned Dan Parks is starting at 10 for the Scots, how will we dictate how Scotland play? Nigel discusses the conservatism of Andy Robinson.
37:10 – Doc joins us to discuss the third game of the weekend. Two sides with new coaches, France host Italy at the Stade de France. Phillipe Saint-Andre has made a few interesting selections, picking a beefy bruising pack to tackle the inevitable physical challenge from the Italians.
46:00 – The panel talk about some of the current media stories and also some suggestions from the lads, including a Six Nations A tournament to be run in conjunction with the senior competition, plus the lads disagree on the introduction of bonus points into the Six Nations.
57:45 – We end the show with our Bet of the Week and Mike’s thoughts on Stuart Lancaster’s recent comment in the media.
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