The 2nd weekend of the 6 Nations has arrived, and what a weekend of rugby it should be. One could argue that the 2nd weekend is the most important in the 6 Nations, as success in the competition depends so much on momentum. As I mentioned on Monday, after the 1st weekend I would say France, England, Ireland and Wales all have realistic chances of winning the 2014 Championship. But, after this weekend that list will probably be down to two countries.
The game between Ireland and Wales is massive for Welsh rugby fans. Ireland are the only team to have beaten Wales in the 6 Nations in the last two years, coming to Cardiff last year for the first match of the Championships and blowing Wales off the park during the first half. But, in their last four matches, Wales have won three of them.
Not only could this match determine whether Wales or Ireland can go on to win the 2014 title, but also Ireland seek revenge. Revenge for Wales’ coach Warren Gatland dropping Brian O’Driscoll for the 3rd and final Test on the Lions’ tour this summer. Although O’Driscoll and Gatland themselves will play down the significance of this, you can bet that the Irish press will use it to whip up the passion of the crowd in the Aviva Stadium.
After the Ireland v Wales game, England will try to get their 6 Nations back on track in Edinburgh, and then on Sunday France face Italy to see if their win over England was just a flash in the pan or not. I cannot wait until kick off at 14:30!! 🙂