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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Official Six Nations Launch ahead of Saturday

The highly anticipated RBS Six Nations 2008 kicks off on Saturday with Ireland meeting Italy at Croke Park to kick off the tournament.

This years tournament will be intriguing as it's only a few months after the World Cup, a World Cup cup in which certain teams exceeded expectations and others failed miserably.

We're working feverishly to get the Rugbydump Forum up so you can all give your predictions, but until then here is the official launch video for this years Six Nations, with interviews with the captains and coaches.

Who's your money on?




  • Thats alittle too much fence sitting for my liking....
    "We are looking to build on the results achieved in the world cup and are confident that we will make an impact" would have set my mind far more at ease....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 12:57 pm  

  • why the f*ck did the Scots send bloody Simon Webster instead of Jason White , after all Jason is the captain ???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 1:21 pm  

  • if wales/ospreys get off to a good start against a weak english side, then they have every chance of doing well, and maybe even winning, as france are in transition, and who knows with the irish atm!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 1:24 pm  

  • It will be France or England, but my money is on France.
    They will take revenge :)

    By Anonymous ManneBishop, at January 30, 2008 1:43 pm  

  • hope the irish will win it but probably the french will

    By Anonymous minstrel boy, at January 30, 2008 2:04 pm  

  • "why the f*ck did the Scots send bloody Simon Webster instead of Jason White , after all Jason is the captain ???"

    exactly what i was wondering....i dont rate simon webster at all to be honest. i think there are far better players than him, so yeh, why send him?!?

    By Anonymous JS, at January 30, 2008 2:20 pm  

  • in the opening scene; were the players showing off their shaved legs?!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 2:26 pm  

  • Yes, shaving your legs is the new thing in rugby.

    By Anonymous WedNesBoy, at January 30, 2008 2:59 pm  

  • Would like to say England will do it. But, I gotta question the selection of Toby Flood in the centre! Why drop Tait??? He was coming in to his own at the back end of the world cup, dropping him is not gonna help his confidence at all. Why is Hipkiss not even in the squad?? and Jamie Noon??? All three are better centers than Flood.

    AND, Balshaw at full back??? surely there are better options then this?? EG, Tait at 15, with noon or Hipkiss in the centre with Tindall!!!

    Would like to see Moody in the 6 shirt with Tom Rees at 7 too!!!

    By Anonymous Northy, at January 30, 2008 3:32 pm  

  • Simon Webster was sent because Jason White had the shits apparently.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 4:11 pm  

  • why have rees in the back row with moody?
    rees had a shocker against munster + james haskell is the inform backrow in northern hempisphere rugby!
    team that SHOULD start:
    1.sheridan 2.regan 3.vickery
    4.shaw 5.kay
    6.haskell 7.moody
    10. wilko
    11.sackey 14.vinakolo

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 4:53 pm  

  • the welsh will beat the english this weekend anyway !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 5:04 pm  

  • My money goes on France, for sure. A side which is much better than in the World cup.. The oldest players left, new talents are in, a new coach, and a wole new game strategy, based on movment and hand play.

    They will shine, for no one is a match for them right now.

    By Anonymous F.G, at January 30, 2008 5:18 pm  

  • my money (as it can be obvious) is on Italy...not a grand slam but....Maybe a triple crown???I mean....if we put our heads to it this time...we're a hell of a great team...that's all we need...concentration.
    If not so I'd like to see ireland come out on top.(I've got Irish heritage).

    By Anonymous italian scrummy, at January 30, 2008 5:32 pm  

  • how can a video over 2 minutes long not mention france's prospects once?? vickery too scared to talk about them?

    By Anonymous Kurt, at January 30, 2008 5:46 pm  

  • ^ thats what I was wondering. Vickery talks about anyone but France, talks like if France isn't even in the tournament.

    By Anonymous Frenchy, at January 30, 2008 6:06 pm  

  • To be honest, I imagine he did speak of France but for some reason it was edited out....

    By Anonymous Mr Mwenda, at January 30, 2008 6:27 pm  

  • can Italy win a triple crown ?

    Its really just between France and England but Wales could suprise people.

    I just hope Ireland have some sort of return to form.......

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 6:34 pm  

  • its all a bit short notice and no where near sorted yet in Wales, but still i'll be interested to see how much better we play on saturday. who knows, we could get our old form back.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 6:40 pm  

  • The reason France may not win it is because of some strange/poor selections by the new coach. Ashton made a poor desiosion in swapping tait for Balshaw, only as tait had 1 average game last week.

    I think if England played the Ospreys they would win. Therefor we will win on Sat (13 players in the Welsh team from Ospreys).

    Moneys on Ireland for a comeback from the WC

    By Anonymous elrolo, at January 30, 2008 6:44 pm  

  • Ok I see nobody is giving Scotland a chance here, well look what happened the last time England and France came to Murrayfield! They are a settled team with some exciting new talent-Nick de Luca at centre will be a 6 nations star. Oh and simon Webster will beat anyone 1 on 1 given a chance (just hope his defence is solid)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 7:09 pm  

  • Tindall & Tait? tindall is an outside centre, so how do you play him and tait in the same team when Tait played 13 as well?

    For england played:

    12: Greenwood
    13: Tindall

    Bath Played:

    12: Barkley:
    13: Tindall

    Gloucester play:

    12: Allen
    13: Tindall

    i feel sorry for tait, he should have been on the bench at least, but i guess the view is that Cipriani covers, 10/12/13/15. Wigglesworth cover 9 & 10 having played there a bit for Sale last season.

    I think overall France are going to be the team to beat, they play england in Paris, so if they can turn over Scotland at Murrayfield, they normally start slowly, i think they'll be oncourse for the tournament, and possibly a Grand Slam.

    I think Deusattoir (spelling?) is a super 7 and they just need to find a great 6. i think a few of the backs will have a point to prove after Laportes conservative/negative selections.

    I think they'll go back to flair backs behind a formidible pack under Lievremont.

    on a side note: I'm moving to Paris next month for three years, I fully intend to get to as many tests as possible :)

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at January 30, 2008 7:39 pm  

  • omg wat a puff the italian guy was wearing make-up!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 7:46 pm  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 7:52 pm  

  • c'mon wales...don't get the damn spoon!

    By Blogger KLK, at January 30, 2008 7:58 pm  

  • If Ashton has got the balance right (as its not all just about the in form players), England will win. I hope the Ospreys do well though. Watch out for Italy sneaking under the radar ....cant wait.
    'Le crunch' is always my favourate though.

    By Blogger AK, at January 30, 2008 10:14 pm  

  • I despair as to why ashton would ever pick balshaw at fullback, he's played poorly for gloucester at 11, and at the best of times he's always been flakey. It seems he's had some kind of love affair with him ever since he worked with him at bath, despite him now being half the player he was then. i don't see the fascination with borthwick either, pfft. on a side note...

    "omg wat a puff the italian guy was wearing make-up!!!!"
    you wouldn't say that if you saw his fiancee! phworr.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 10:21 pm  

  • i would hav said ireland until steady eddie decided 2toleave out the best player in the country at de moment- jamie heaslip. and how is it a "form" selection 2 pick rory best ahead of jackman? also andrew trimble is an average centre and a terrible winger. oh well at least eddie might finally be sacked...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 10:25 pm  

  • Brian Aston's a fool, he's only gone and dropped Tait.
    And to the second person I agree that Jason White should be captain because he's a very god player.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 30, 2008 10:50 pm  

  • Jason White is the captain you nugget, he was just ill that day.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 31, 2008 12:58 am  

  • who you calling a nugget ya muppet ? I know Jason White is the cpatain , I just wondered why the hell we picked Simon Webster , I mean surely there are better players to send than him. Christ he's usually on the bloody bench !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 31, 2008 11:41 am  

  • As a Frenchman, honestly, I'm not too sure the XV de France will retain the title. I will support my team, of course, especially if they stick to playing fast, exciting rugby with new players as the new coach seems to want to.
    I think England will be very dangerous, especially with cipriani at 10. I hope we'll beat 'em though.

    But what I would like to see most is a good tournament from Scotland (see you in murrayfield this sunday) and Wales. We all want to see an open competition, don't we?

    By Anonymous Bert, at January 31, 2008 12:44 pm  

  • Agreed Bert,
    Thats the beauty of the 6 nations. As an English supporter I think the French will be very hard to beat at home. (and I think they might have a few axes to grind!)
    Its going to be a good one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 31, 2008 4:48 pm  

  • the only guy who doesn't look like a female (not shaved like a sheep)is the French Nallet : that's a sign, real men are Frenches

    By Anonymous Lucas, at January 31, 2008 6:20 pm  

  • i dnt feel tht balshaw is the best choice, however, with players such as cipriani on the bench; the backs are pretty much covered.

    in his first season, i remember balshaw as bein an amazing player and he had the sort of wow factor about him. however, if ashton wnts 2 play him, thn y not give him a chance. he has been brilliant, so give him a shot. hopefully we will get to see vanikolo and cipriani, however, certain positions should not be comprismised such as tindal and strettle, as these are the only two players who can really make a difference. tindal is not the most exciting player, however, his defence is excellent and he creates spaces and executes well at some times. strettle is a player, who is absolutely phenominal with the ball , given any space he will execute and make yards, his tackling last year was not best, however, watching him play for quins in all sorts of positions, i truly feel that he will fit in perfectly on the wing.

    My team tht ashton should have picked (backs as i agree with fowards set up):

    10. Wilkinson
    11. Sackey (Vanikolo at half time)
    12. Cipriani (gives wilkinson options and alsoexperience and flair outside him)
    13. Tindall

    By Anonymous eng2win6nations, at January 31, 2008 6:59 pm  

  • I think its disconcerning that the England capin 'doesn't know who to pick as his winner'

    Fucking hell, lets not be too optermistic eh!

    But England will win and Ireland to loose

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 31, 2008 8:53 pm  

  • has anyone noticed at the very start of this video, Ashton says "it feels like it's been a very long time since the world cup in ITALY"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 02, 2008 11:29 am  

  • Yes to the welsh :D

    By Anonymous David, at February 02, 2008 9:30 pm  

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