Are you ready to experience the thrill of the Six Nations Championship? This tournament has a rich history dating back to 1883, and it’s one of the oldest and most exciting competitions in rugby. From legendary players to unforgettable moments, the Six Nations has it all!
With some familiar faces expected to win it again. The two teams that are touted to come away with the coveted trophy are Ireland and France, with both teams boasting an abundance of young talent and experienced Veterans in their teams. Both teams aren’t strangers to winning the tournament, with Ireland winning the Grand Slam in 2018 and France winning the Grand Slam in 2022 for the first time in their history.
Out of the two, who looks more in favour? Well, it is impossible to pick just by looking at sheer rugby ability! However, when looking at the fixtures of this year’s tournament. Ireland could be set to take home the trophy due to having the home advantage when they face off against the French.
Whatever the outcome, this Six Nations looks like another fantastic year, from Eddie Jones being sacked and replaced by Steve Borthwick to Italy looking extremely dangerous now after years of poor performances from the Azzurri. This is due to many of their promising academy players now coming into their starting squad and giving them a massive boost in pushing for their first title.
Over the years, some players have gone from well-known rugby players to household names overnight due to scintillating performances they put on for their nation in this tournament. One great example of this was last year with the Italian Fullback Ange Capuozzo. With some magical creativity, he inspired the Italians to achieve a jaw-dropping comeback against the welsh. The feat was so impressive the Welsh winger Josh Adams, who had won the “official” man of the match award, gave his medal to Capuozzo due to his blistering performance.
The scouts at Elite Rugby scholars have identified someone who could repeat the same feat by setting this Championship on fire. So, who will be this year’s under-the-radar player to look out for? Look out for the Scottish Back Row, who currently plays for Edinburgh Rugby, Luke Crosbie.
Luke Crosbie got his debut for Scotland against Tonga in 2021 however had previously been called up into the Scotland squad for the 2019,2020 Six Nations Championship. This year it looks like he will get another chance to prove himself on the international stage after being selected to start against England in the opening weekend of this year’s Championship. However, he has much to live up to as he fills in for Hamish Watson, one of Scotland’s best players. Who is on the bench after just coming back from injury? Luke Crosbie has shown he can do it at the club level in the URC and Heineken Cup. Let’s see if he can rise to this next stage in his rugby career.
The Elite Rugby Scholars Game of the weekend:
The game we look forward to this weekend is the historic Scotland Vs England. As always, a sporting fixture between Scotland and England comes with some electricity, and this fixture is no different. Scotland will have the boost of the “definite” return of Finn Russell, who has made his way back into the squad after having multiple spats with Gregor Townsend over the last few years. Russell is known for his exceptional attacking play and creative skills, and his presence will be a significant factor in Scotland’s efforts to secure a win. Meanwhile, England has been in the midst of change after the recent sacking of Eddie Jones and the appointment of Steve Borthwick as the new head coach. Borthwick has shaken up the squad, bringing in several new faces and fresh perspectives. As a result, the new-look England team will be looking to make an impact and demonstrate their determination. With these critical changes, Saturday’s match between Scotland and England is shaping to be thrilling and unpredictable, with both teams eager to prove themselves on the field.