Following England’s scrappy defeat of Scotland at Twickenham, the final weekend of fixtures will see the team trying to win their first Grand Slam since the World Cup triumphing year of 2003. But there is also a potential for a Grand Slam of Grand Slams…
England’s U20’s have also been in scintillating form this season, with a number of matches televised, helping rugby fans to get a glimpse of some of the stars of tomorrow. Having scrapped past Wales and France, they obliterated the Italians and Scotland on their way to Ireland.
|56||England U20||V||Scotland U20||8|
|19||England U20||V||France U20||8|
|74||England U20||V||Italy U20||3|
|20||Wales U20||V||England U20||26|
England’s women, world cup runners-up last year, have had similar results to the U20’s, with tight wins over Wales and Frances followed by bulldozing of Italy and Scotland. Ireland are unlikely though to be a real roadblock to another Grand Slam for the team, who have enjoyed playing on the hallowed turf of Twickenham.
|89||England Women||V||Scotland Women||0|
|16||England Women||V||France Women||3|
|68||England Women||V||Italy Women||5|
|0||Wales Women||V||England Women||19|
And so to England’s men. After a mixed Autumn International season, with some glimpses of what they are capable of, they have begun to develop into a strong attacking unit, with some great players coming through. The likes of Foden, Ashton, Lawes, Croft, Wood, Youngs and Flood have all made outstanding contributions this tournament and should book places on the plane to the World Cup.
Ireland will be a tough prospect, particularly after THAT try. Everyone loves to beat the English, so lets see if the nerves will get to England, or the Irish manage to extend the St Paddy’s day celebrations!