Poll: Who will win the 2011 RBS Six Nations?

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France: the 2010 Six Nations Grand Slam winners

The 2011 RBS Six Nations is now just days away! So, who do you think will win?

Maybe you think it will be England after they claimed Australia’s scalp twice last year, but then again, they didn’t look up to much against the Boks in their most recent outing?

France are always likely to be in contention, but with Marc Lievremont’s selection policy, all he is achieving is giving substance to the ‘you never know which French team will turn up’ cliche.

Can Ireland win it again? They played some of the best rugby of the Autumn against New Zealand, and they have France and England at home. But maybe you buy into the idea that some of their key players are past their best?

How about Italy? Some reasonable performances recently, and they’ve come close to a major scalp in recent years – but surely it’s still too soon for them to be realistic contenders?

Scotland are now the highest-ranked Celtic nation, and maybe they do have a better chance than Wales and Ireland. A good start against France and you never know.

Wales are having an injury nightmare in the build-up to the tournament, but they still have some fine players in the backs. Mixed performances in the autumn are not a great indicator, but as everyone knows, anything can happen in the Six Nations!

Cast your vote below, and then leave a comment underneath if you wish to justify your decision – we like a bit of debate on The Rugby Blog so let us know what you think. Selected comments will appear in The Rugby Paper on Sunday morning.

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13 thoughts on “Poll: Who will win the 2011 RBS Six Nations?

  1. its going to be a mixed up year! I have no idea but I don’t think its going to be a grand slam year for any team… points difference?!

  2. While England and France are probably the favourites going into the tournament, France and Wales probably have the advantage through having more of their tough games at home.

  3. Apart from England winning, my main wish for this years 6N is that Italy beat someone, especially Wales.

    Its an annual thing now among my rugby pals (some of who are sadly welsh) and its one of the most amusing games!

    Its going to Eng / Fr / Ire – France probably have the edge.If ireland had a front 5, theyd be my bet.

  4. If England can manage to beat Wales in their opening game in Cardiff, I am confident they will go on to win the tournament. I can’t see them winning the Grand Slam but with three games at home, including France, I think they will just edge home for their first title since 2003.

  5. France has such amazing running around in their domestic competition. Poitrenaud, clerc, heymans, jauzion, trinc-duc, harinodorquy, yachvilli, parra, servat, and even chabal is also on fire this last season at racing-metro.
    It wouldn’t suprise me that quite a few nations would struggle against the Toulouse back line.
    But it is the question which side will turn up every test match. If it’s the side that beat Ireland last year, they’ll win with a GrandSlam possibly. If it’s the side that played the Aussies, they’ll struggle against Italy even.

  6. Since we live in France we see the Frogs quite often, and frankly they do not have the consistency to repeat last seaon’s success. My money is on England though following all the injuries perhaps not a Grand Slam. Scotland could be a revelation – I said ‘could be’………………..

  7. ireland will have a tight 5 this year! mike ross will be picked after him being so stupidly ignored in the autumn hooker is are weakness with injury but leinsters scrum has been strong against clermont and racing so think it will stand up
    second rows should be cullen and touhy from ulster but kidney won’t pick on form! so prob POC and cullen back 3 will prob be strongest in comp!! france has a very good one two but englands isn’t up to scratch and walse need a 7 williams gettin old
    leinster will be the irish team with a few changes different hooker second row winger and a no 8 cos heaslip is injured 6 and 7 prob sean o’brien and jennings going o be hard team to beaat and if kidney rotates with some youth like leinster it could do well in world cup

  8. With our backs hitting try-scoring form in the last weekend of the Heineken Cup, a solid and settled pack and the grit of Al Kellock leading, dare Scotland dream of a decent result or two?

  9. I feel its unlikely we’ll see a grand-slam this year, and expect a bit of a mix of results…

    England will be strong at home, but they’ll struggle in Cardiff and Dublin – they have a very poor record at both venues in recent years, and contrary to some of the media hype, have some obvious underlying weaknesses (see SA game.) They certainly have some fire-power in the back three, but the absence of Lawes, Croft and Moody (early on at least) will severely limit the mobility of their pack and weaken them significantly at the breakdown.

    Scotland play a somewhat limited game, but they are dogged upfront and difficult to break-down defensively – and I think they have a real chance of beating at least one of Wales and Ireland at home… They could even go unbeaten at Murrayfield, but I can’t see them having much joy in Paris or London.

    Despite some disappointing recent results, France are defending champions and have four sides through in the Heineken cup – French rugby is certainly in rude health. As I believe four wins will be enough to win the tournament, I’d consider France to be a good bet: you’d expect them to see off Wales and Scotland in Paris, Italy on the road shouldn’t be too much of an obstacle and I think they have a very realistic chance of getting a result in either Dublin or London… It probably comes down to the age old cliché of ‘which French side will turn up…

    Italy will be whipping boys again… Don’t see them getting anything this year. Some may view the Wales game as a potential win for the Italians, but Gatland is unlikely to repeat the complacency of experimenting in Rome as he did in 2009, and Wales comfortably put Italy to the sword last year, despite being noticeably under-par throughout the tournament.

    Ireland is a difficult one to decipher… They’ll be strong in Dublin, but France pose a genuine threat there… Trips to Edinburgh and Cardiff will be difficult… Conceivably they could lose a couple of games again this year. Teams will target Ireland in the tight… The Irish backs are very clinical, however, and they are capable of beating teams with a minority share of possession.

    Wales… Consistent lack of form will be a big concern for Wales. They come into the tournament on a dismal run and need a few results in the World Cup year. They’re not as bad as people seem to think, but seem incapable of putting a 80 minute performance together. Also, discipline needs to be must better this year if they are going to get any decent results. Realistically, they have a strong chance of beating Ireland and England in Cardiff, should see off Italy with little trouble, but will probably come unstuck in Paris, and possibly Edinburgh. Front row problems may undermine Wales’ chances, but they’ll miss Adam Jones more than Gethin Jenkins, as Paul James is a very effective scrummager… Seriously lacking a decent alternative at tight-head though.

  10. I believe England Are clearly more than capable of winning,afterall they have adjusted there game and improved it .they now run the ball more and play a southern hemisphere game-this showed against the allblacks and wallabies in 2010

  11. Think England will be a grand slam winner in the Six Nations, but this will be the highlight of the year. The wooden spoon will be between Italy and Wales. Scotland is going to surprise us all and will be either second or third.

  12. Not quite sure where all this optimism about Scotland is coming from. Beating Argentina a couple of times is not that big achievement considering how poor they were in the autumn. A Ireland team with no scrum playing poorly easily beat the pumas last November but you dont see us getting excited. Scotland will win two games and finish fourth behind the big three Ireland England and France. Wales if they were fully fit would also finish ahead of them.

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