Saturday, February 03, 2007

six nations rugby!

alright; first we have:

Saturday, 3 February
Stadio Flaminio, Rome

Italy v France (Sat)

Kick-off: 1330 GMT
Live - BBC One, BBC Sport website. Updates - Five Live

Italy host defending champions France in the opening match of the 2007 RBS Six Nations in Rome on Saturday.

The Azzurri finished bottom of the table last year after four defeats and an 18-18 draw against Wales.

The hosts have claimed the Wooden Spoon five times in seven tournaments but led France at half-time in 2006 before running out of steam in a 37-12 defeat.

France, who won the title on points from Ireland, will be desperate to impress in World Cup year on home soil.

But France, who have won the Five/Six Nations title 15 times, lost twice to the All Blacks and scraped to a 27-26 win over Argentina in the autumn. (yes, but the all-blacks have played some of the best rugby in the world this past year, and must be highly tipped to lift the world cup…)

followed by:

Saturday, 3 February

England v Scotland (Sat)

Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 1600 GMT
Live on BBC One, Five Live, BBC Sport website

England are looking to launch a successful new era under coach Brian Ashton when they host auld enemy Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday.

The world champions (that’s us, believe it or not…) are desperate to bounce back after losing eight (eight!) of their last nine Tests under Andy Robinson.

Scotland are on the up after coming third in last year's Six Nations with wins over England, France and Italy.

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