Wales and Scotland have announced their teams for the 2018 tournament:

Wales


Forwards: Rob Evans (Scarlets), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Bradley Davies (Ospreys), Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues), Cory Hill (Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, capt), James Davies (Scarlets), Taulupe Faletau (Bath), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys).


Backs: Aled Davies (Scarlets), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Bath), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Owen Williams (Gloucester), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors), Hallam Amos (Dragons), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Steff Evans (Scarlets), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets), George North (Northampton Saints), Liam Williams (Saracens).

Scotland


Forwards: John Barclay CAPTAIN (Scarlets), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby), Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby), David Denton (Worcester Warriors), Cornell Du Preez (Edinburgh Rugby), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Toulouse), Luke Hamilton (Leicester Tigers), Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Lawson (Newcastle Falcons), Murray McCallum (Edinburgh Rugby), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby), Gordon Reid (London Irish), D’arcy Rae (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby), George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby), Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors)


Backs: Mark Bennett (Edinburgh Rugby), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby), Greig Laidlaw (ASM Clermont Auvergne), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors), Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Taylor (Saracens), Nathan Fowles (Edinburgh Rugby)


The other four nations should be announcing their teams in due course.


Which team, do you think, is going to win the tournament this year?
Don't know too much about Rugby but it will be a good indicator on England's chances at the World Cup.
Think i might have a crack at watching this to try and get into rugby whilst Scotland are still reasonably decent at it
seanmacca100 wrote:

Think i might have a crack at watching this to try and get into rugby whilst Scotland are still reasonably decent at it





France might do well, England are the best side and should win it.
I'm going for England to win, but Wales and France will push them hard.



Josh Adams and James Davies have been touted as very good uncapped players for Wales, so they should be ones to watch.



Scotland could possibly be dark horses after an encouraging 2017, Ireland will want to build on a decent Autumn series, but alas for Italy it will be an all but impossible task.
seanmacca100 wrote:

Think i might have a crack at watching this to try and get into rugby whilst Scotland are still reasonably decent at it





Sean you should try and get to Murrayfield to watch a game, I think the atmosphere would convince you. It really is fantastic and if you are a Scot it would make the hair stand up on the back of your neck!



I am making my third trip to Murrayfield for the Scotland v England game, I think England have to be favourites to win the six nations with the squad they have, but if Scotland don't get too many injuries they have the chance of their best finish for years.
I think Man City will win it.
Magic147 wrote:

I think Man City will win it.





They’ve more chance than the Jocks.
England but the away game in France could be pivotal.
Magic147 wrote:

I think Man City will win it.





Scotland could be dark horses, definitely resurgent and could cause teams problems.



Personally, I think that the final table will be:



1. England

2. Wales

3. France

4. Scotland

5. Ireland

6. Italy
Ah, so that's why they call it the 6 nations.
Amazingly so.



Although, there are calls for Georgia to replace Italy in the tournament.
Windridge wrote:

Amazingly so.



Although, there are calls for Georgia to replace Italy in the tournament.





Is she good at rugby?
England team to face Italy



From:



Backs



Mike Brown (Harlequins)

Nathan Earle (Saracens) (uncapped)

Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints) (uncapped)

Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)

Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks)

Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

Danny Care (Harlequins)

Owen Farrell (Saracens)

George Ford (Leicester Tigers)

Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)

Alex Lozowski (Saracens)

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)

Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)

Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)

Marcus Smith (Harlequins) (uncapped and apprentice player)

Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)



Forwards



Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) (uncapped)

Nick Isiekwe (Saracens)

Maro Itoje (Saracens)

George Kruis (Saracens)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

Joe Launchbury (Wasps)

Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby) (uncapped)

Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)

Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)

Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)

Lewis Boyce (Harlequins) (uncapped)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)

Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby) (uncapped)

Jamie George (Saracens)

Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs) (uncapped)

Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)

Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)



Fair to say that some England fans are split on this team. The 'You Must Play The Armitage's At All Costs' army have certainly been loud on social media.
Magic147 wrote:



Is she good at rugby?





:laugh: :D



Currently ranked just outside the Top 10 rugby nations worldwide (12th).



Italy are 14th in the table.
Windridge wrote:



Scotland could be dark horses, definitely resurgent and could cause teams problems.



Personally, I think that the final table will be:



1. England

2. Wales

3. France

4. Scotland

5. Ireland

6. Italy





1. England

2.France

3.Scotland

4.Ireland

5.Wales

6.Italy
Wales have announced their squad for the match v Scotland:



Backs:



15. Leigh Halfpenny

14. Josh Adams

13. Scott Williams

12. Hadleigh Parkes

11. Steff Evans

10. Rhys Patchell

9. Gareth Davies



Forwards:



1. Rob Evans

2. Ken Owens

3. Samson Lee

4. Cory Hill

5. Alun Wyn Jones

6. Aaron Shingler

7. Josh Navidi

8. Ross Moriarty.



Replacements: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Tomas Francis, Bradley Davies, Justin Tipuric, Aled Davies, Gareth Anscombe, Owen Watkin



Lots of Llanelli Scarlets players included, but surprised Moriaty plays at 8 and not Tipruic. Would have started Bradley Davies at 4, personally, but Hill might be a better option at slowing the pace of the Scottish attackers down. Good options on the bench for Wales as well.
Score Predictions:



Wales 25-20 Scotland

France 27-19 Ireland

Italy 6-54 England
Windridge wrote:

Italy 6-54 England





:laugh:
Wales 25-7 Scotland

France 25-13 Ireland

Italy 13-19 England



I don't know even know if those score combinations are possible!
Even with the injury problems, I still think that England can reach the half-century versus the Italians.



Eddie Jones has an efficient team who will be out to impress from the off.



The other two matches will be a lot closer - Scotland have picked up form and will want to do Wales over on their patch, plus Ireland could capitalise on the lack of the French Gallic Flair.



However, it looks as if Ireland have a major off-field issue to deal with.
That would be Englands best win over Italy in nearly 15 years, with a weaker England team than last year, and a stronger Italy team.



I'd be more inclined to go for something like



Italy 16 - 35 England
The Italians are very unpredictable, but they will want to impress against England, so I am more inclined to think the score will be nearer 16 -35 than 6 - 54.
Italy 236 all out

England 237/4



England win by 6 wickets.
seasider wrote:

Wales 25-7 Scotland

France 25-13 Ireland

Italy 13-19 England



I don't know even know if those score combinations are possible!





They are all possible.



(two points for a conversion, three points for a drop goal or penalty kick and five points for a try).
The Jocks are so frustrating! I guess that’s the difference between a good side and a average one.
A fantastic display by Wales, one of their best performances for a good while.



Scotland never got out of the starting blocks.
Its like watching paint dry..International kick and clap. Shite.
Qblock87 wrote:

Its like watching paint dry..International kick and clap. Shite.





Yeah, unlike the rugby league World Cup which was thriller...



What was the score in the final? 6 - 0?
TheSteed wrote:



Yeah, unlike the rugby league World Cup which was thriller...



What was the score in the final? 6 - 0?





Blasphemy! Much more skill in involved in League, you tell em Q!!