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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Six Nations 2008 Review

Six Nations 2008 Review

As the 2009 Six Nations kicks off this weekend, we thought it would be a good time to squeeze in a nice review of last years tournament.

Wales came out trumps as they dominated winning five out of five matches, thriving under their new coaching team of Warren Gatland, Shaun Edwards and Rob Howley.

They won the Grand Slam with a resounding four-point margin from England and France, with a disappointing Ireland finishing fourth, ahead of Scotland and Italy.

Over the course of five weekends throughout February and March, 30 games of international rugby were played in six top European cities, with 595 points scored, all of it watched by tens of thousands of travelling fans, and a television audience in the millions.

This extensive review takes us through all the highs and lows of a fantastic tournament in which we saw a little man named Shane take centre stage, burning up the turf on his way to becoming the IRB Player of the Year for 2008.


Time: 07:59

Posted at 2:26 pm | 14 comments

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Anonymous February 07, 2009 4:41 pm

Cool vid, should be interesting this year with the Lions tour coming up. The contenders will be stepping up their performances to gun for a position on the tour.Looking forward to seeing young Halfpenny for Wales and our own Bowe for Ireland.

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Uncle Leo February 07, 2009 5:12 pm

That Irish try where O'Gara flicked it on was just fantastic.I like the 3 Nations and all, but I think with the number of games and teams involved in the 6N, there's always something amazing to see - it's definitely the best sporting tournament of the year.

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Anonymous February 07, 2009 5:31 pm

the close proximity of the countries helps the cause of the tournament as a whole, such an incredible experience. the weekend as a whole, as a travelling fan is the best sporting experience ive ever had.

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Matthew February 07, 2009 8:35 pm

Over the course of five weekends throughout February and March, 30 games of international rugby were played in six top European cities??How do you work this out. This aint tri nations where you play 1 home and away game per opponent!15 games played actually!

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Anonymous February 07, 2009 9:24 pm

England were terrible today, italy gave them the win

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Tom February 07, 2009 9:50 pm

Great result for us (Ireland) today, hope it continues! Was reliving the nightmare of 2 years ago in the last few minutes....was a very entertaining match and I thought both sides looked dangerous.I thought our defense in the last 15 mins was immense and the discipline was fantastic throughout.I have to admit I felt for Italy today, Bergomasco should have been changed after the first try imo. England will be delighted with the win but I thing Johnson should be looking to bring in the likes of Tait - had a great couple of 7's seasons and has real pace.Looking forward to the rest of the matches, A. Powell tomorrow should be interesting!

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Neil February 07, 2009 10:34 pm

Ireland v France, what a great game. Not so for England, felt sorry for Italy, it was only the experimentation at 9 that allowed the gap in points really.Looking forward to seeing how tomorrows game goes, I too look forward to see if Powell can continue his impressive form along with the young Halfpenny.

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Brennie February 08, 2009 1:33 am

Allez Irelais ! Delon Armitage told TheTimes.com he benches 140/150kg. For a skinny fella that's impressive/unbelievable...Not that it's that relevant but makes me feel weak

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Anonymous February 08, 2009 10:09 am

awesome stuff

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durrie February 08, 2009 10:53 am

Great vid as always RD...Totally agree with Uncle Leo on O'Gara showing sublime skill for that one Irish try, poerty in motion...it's moments like that which make us rugby fans weak at the knees!Ireland against France yesterday was a cracker...Ireland Vs. Wales could be set for a grandslam final showdown this year I reckon. What a game that will be if it pans out that way!Currently not even 1 English player has a spot in the Lions Squad IMO. They were abysmal against a woeful Italy all ou of position.

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dean February 08, 2009 11:02 am

Great Stuff!Ireland Frane was a cracker ireland looking pritty impresivei still fancy wales again tho

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Anonymous February 08, 2009 11:33 am

France will win this year... They falled against Ireland but they deserved to win. They have created the game and fuck OWENS it's a shame for rugby.

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Anonymous February 08, 2009 4:31 pm

Yet another French Fan blaming the referee for defeat. In fairness most people get on but there's always a few that can't accept that their own team was simply beaten by the better team.

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Anonymous February 10, 2009 10:39 pm

i think the referee di dmake a few mistaked but tbh its unreasonable to blame the whole french defeat on that, ireland were the better side although it was very close at times

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