Six Nations Round Up
Important news ahead of the Six Nations.
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ROSS FORD has been awarded the Scottish captaincy for the Six Nations. Ford, who has 53 caps, started all four of Scotland’s World Cup tests. The 27-year old hooker was not Coach ANDY ROBINSON’S first choice. Robinson revealed that he had wanted to give the captaincy to Saracens back-row KELLY BROWN. Unfortunately Brown suffered an injury playing for Saracens at the weekend and looks set to miss the tournament. His absence will be a big loss for Scotland who encounter England at Murrayfield on February 4th.
GETHIN JENKINS will be out for the next five weeks after suffering a knee injury. The prop will miss part of the Six Nations Championship. It is a blow for Wales as Jenkins has long been regarded as a world class prop. He is joined on the injury list by RHYS PRIESTLAND and DAN LYDIATE who are both doubts for the start of the tournament. Fly-half Priestland was arguably the find of the World Cup and looks set to be Stephen Jones’ long-term successor with Jones left out of the squad and Hook struggling to nail down the 10 shirt at international level. The absence of these three players will no doubt challenge Wales’ championship credentials.
STUART LANCASTER has confirmed that he will be applying for the full time role of England Head Coach. He has been described as ‘lucky’ by CLIVE WOODWARD to have the job. Lancaster has responded calmly to all criticism directed towards him with the following words:
“There’s a lot of people giving me advice. Fortunately, I’m confident in my own coaching philosophy to believe in the way I think things should be done. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but the opinions that really matter to me are those of the players, the leadership group, the management team and the people that surround the team.
“We want to be known as a humble, hard-working, honest team who graft and get on with the job and represent England with pride. The power of the nation behind you is a terrific force and we want to make sure the spectators feel excited about coming to watch and feel connected to us.”
The dead-line for applications is 15th of February and Lancaster will hope to be able to add two Six Nations wins out of two to his CV. Jim Mallinder, Nick Mallett, Wayne Smith and Vernon Cooper are just some of the names that have been linked to the role.
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