Wales emerge covered in glory

Wales Grand Slam

The curtain came down on the 2008 Six Nations on Saturday, with Wales earning a thoroughly deserved Grand Slam victory over France.

Personally, I gave them little or no chance before the competition began, and for that I apologise.  The way Warren Gatland and his coaches have forged a strong team spirit, solidifying their defence whilst maintaining their creative attacking instincts is remarkable.

Wales aside, the standard of rugby was fairly disappointing.  At times, England looked like the worst team of all, yet somehow finished second.  Ireland showed glimpses of their former selves, but were generally useless. Scotland appeared to be going backwards under Frank Hadden, but still managed to offload the wooden spoon to Italy, whilst France looked sublime at times, but like schoolchildren at others.

We’ll be reviewing all the action this week on The Rugby Blog, as well as revealing the winners of the Six Nations Betting League.

In the meantime, please share your reactions to the final round, and your reflections on the competition as a whole.

8 thoughts on “Wales emerge covered in glory

  1. huge congratulations to Wales – thoroughly deserving of the championship and the slam. I’ve enjoyed watching them throughout and although France at times played fantastic rugby in the championship, Wales had the determination to go the distance.
    Gatland has a golden touch, he and Edwards should take the Lions next year.

  2. Great effort from the Welsh. Really enjoy watching them and they look well on the way to being very rounded team. They have the forward grunt which they used to lack which has set a platform for the pace and ambition which they have always possessed.

    Key priority for them is to find a replacement for Martyn Williams who probably won’t be around much longer. He is so crucial to them and the balance of their team and they will miss him when he is gone. The rest of the team is still pretty young and they could grow into a fairly formidable outfit.

    Everyone else has some serious work to do. England need to sort out their coaching structure as a matter of urgency and stop coming up with half-arsed fudges; France need to stop using internationals as trials and pick their best team; Ireland need a coach who actually realises that he has some very good backs at his disposal; Italy need some half backs and they could be a pretty good side; Scotland need to stop buggering around with Parks, put Paterson at 10 and develop some ambition.

  3. They’ve got the makings of a great team this one, but must now develop consistency and a prolonged winning mentality. Looking forward to seeing Wales take on SA this summer, that will offer a far sterner test and a more realistic benchmark as to how much progress they have made in such a short period of time.

    Not particularly looking forward to seeing England against the Kiwis, although Saturday did provide some optimism. Commentators got it wrong, as did the boy himself bigging up his forwards – Cipriani should definitely have been f***ing man of the match!

  4. James Hook seems to have picked up some fans, and we seem to have picked up some readers in the Welsh teen girl category, judging by the comments on his player profile!

    Spike mentioned the Lions…is Ryan Jones the standout candidate for captain?

  5. Agreed. A year ago Eddie O’Sullivan was tipped to be Lions coach. Now I’m not sure he’d even be allowed to clean the boots. Picking purely on form I don’t think BOD would make the starting 15 – Tom Shanklin is playing far better. He’s a class act though and I’m sure he’ll be back.

    I’d like to see Haskell made England captain – if this happens he could be in with a shout in a year’s time. If the team was picked tomorrow though, I think Jones would get the armband.

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