The 2017 RBS Six Nations Rugby 2017 Live tournament will kick off on Saturday, February 4, as champions England renew their rivalry with France at Twickenham Stadium.
Scotland will take on Ireland, while Italy host Wales in Rome on Sunday. Here’s a look at the schedule for Round 1, complete with TV and live-stream info.
|Six Nations Schedule|
|Saturday, Feb. 4||2:25 p.m. GMT||Scotland||Ireland||BBC|
|Saturday, Feb. 4||5:50 p.m. GMT||England||France||ITV|
|Sunday, Feb. 5||4 p.m. GMT||Italy||Wales||ITV|
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England will attempt to become only the sixth team to defend the Grand Slam, beginning at home against France. Coach Eddie Jones and his troops are favourites for the title, with Ireland expected to be their toughest competition.
As shared by BBC Sport’s Tom Fordyce, Jones expects a fierce challenge from Les Bleus in Round 1, though:
Eddie Jones (grinning): “There have been 20 wars between England and France. That’s a lot of wars. And there’ll be another one on Saturday.”
France held their own against New Zealand and Australia in the autumn Tests but ended up losing both matches by a combined seven points. The team appears in better form than last year but are always a bit of a question mark ahead of the Six Nations, and their under-the-radar status this year might help them.
Pundits and fans are already talking about the Ireland-England clash in Dublin on March 18 as a title-decider, but Les Bleus have been looking forward to Saturday’s match more than any―the chance to avenge last year’s loss in Paris. Six Nations Rugby 2017 Live Stream
Wesley Fofana won’t be active, which is a major blow for France, but England have major absentees of their own. Chris Robshaw won’t feature, and Mako and Billy Vunipola have both been sidelined for some time already.
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Kicking may prove the key in this one―France always tend to do well from the tee, and Owen Farrell’s spotty form could spell trouble.
Ireland flashed their remarkable talent with wins over Australia and New Zealand in November, and after last year’s injury-hit campaign, coach Joe Schmidt and his players will be out to reclaim their standing as Europe’s top team.
Today FM’s Ross Lindsay shared these comments from the coach, who seemed confident in his team’s ability to beat Scotland:
On paper, Scotland are one of the weaker teams in this year’s Six Nations, but a trip to Murrayfield is never easy. Johnny Sexton’s fitness is an issue, and with Jared Payne sidelined, there are some question marks regarding the depth in the centre of the pitch.
Scotland will say goodbye to coach Vern Cotter after the tournament, so expect the team to battle hard for results as well.
Italy enter the Six Nations with high hopes after their shock win over South Africa in November, and their home match against Wales should be one of their best chances of grabbing a win this year.
After rugby in North and South America came under the umbrella of one organization for the first time, the competition is now in its second year. And the chairman of Americas Rugby, Agustín Pichot, is expecting a significant improvement for the 2017 edition.
“Last year, in our inaugural season, having a tournament for the whole of the Americas was as much a dream as a necessity,” he said, according to the Buenos Aires Herald. “Teams have been working tirelessly in preparation, and unlike last year, the tournament has become a focal point of their season be it at the start of it for teams in the South or in the middle for the North.”
For the U.S., the competition begins Saturday when hosting Uruguay in San Antonio, Texas. The two teams also faced off in the opening encounter of last year’s championship, when Uruguay came out on top 29-25 in Montevideo. The USA Eagles would go on to lose the Brazil next time out before rebounding with victories over Chile and Canada and drawing against an Argentina XV side. The Argentinian team, essentially a second-string roster, won the competition at a canter last time around.
New Zealander John Mithchell had taken Watch Six Nations Rugby 2017 Live over the U.S. right before last year’s Americas Rugby Championship, but he’s now had more than a year at the helm and will be eager for some victories having seen his side lose all three of their admittedly tough autumn internationals. The tournament will also act as important preparation for qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which will get underway in June.
“We’re getting closer to what our squad of 30 will be for June’s Rugby World Cup Qualifiers, but there are positions up for grabs,” Mitchell said at a training camp in California last week. “The biggest area for development — and it doesn’t happen overnight — is the development of a second and third scrum. We have nice group of young guys now but it’s going to take time.”
Back in the side after a seven-month absence will be Irish-born AJ MacGinty, one of whom is still a select few Eagles to operate at a high level overseas. Meanwhile, there will be a debut for hooker Peter Malcolm in a side that will be led by captain Blaine Scully and veteran vice-captain Todd Clever.
USA Roster Americas Rugby Championship 2017
Nate Augspurger (Old Blue of New York)
Chris Baumann (Denver Stampede)
Demecus Beach (Old Blue of New York/Ohio Aviators)
Nate Brakeley (New York Athletic Club)
Bryce Campbell (Indiana University)
Ben Cima (Rocky Gorge Rugby Football Club)
Nick Civetta (Newcastle Falcons, England)
Todd Clever (Austin Huns)
Shaun Davies (Glendale Raptors, Ohio Aviators)
Spike Davis (Columbus Rugby Club, Ohio Aviators)
Cameron Dolan (Cardiff Blues, Wales)
JP Eloff (Chicago Lions/Ohio Aviators)
Hanco Germishuys (Austin Huns)
James Hilterbrand (Manley Rugby, Australia)
Luke Huime (Old Blue of New York)
Matthew Jensen (Bingham Young University)
Olive Kilifi (Seattle Saracens/Sacramento Express)
Tony Lamborn (Hawke’s Bay Magpies, New Zealand)
AJ MacGinty (Sale Sharks, England)
Will Magie (Glendale Raptors/Denver Stampede)
Siaosi Mahoni (Life West/San Francisco Rush)
Peter Malcolm (Wheeling Jesuit University/Ohio Aviators)
Ryan Matyas (Old Blue of New York)
Alex Maughan (Life University)
Al McFarland (New York Athletic Club)
Anthony Purpura (Boston Rugby Club)
John Quill (Glendale Raptors/Sacramento Express)
Blaine Scully (Cardiff Blues, Wales)
David Tameilau (RC Narbonne, France/San Francisco Rush)
Ben Tarr (Glendale Raptors/Denver Stampede)
Mike Te’o (San Diego Breakers)
Zack Test (Men’s Eagles Sevens)
Andrew Turner (Unattached)
Dino Waldren (Unattached)
Calvin Whiting (Brigham Young University)
2017 Americas Rugby Championship TV Schedule (all times EST)
Brazil vs. Chile (5:15 p.m., Pacaembu Stadium, São Paulo )
USA vs. Uruguay (4 p.m., Toyota Field, San Antonio)
Canada vs. Argentina XV (8 p.m., Westhills Stadium, Langford, British Columbia)
Argentina XV vs. Uruguay (5:10 p.m., Estadio Villa Mitre, Buenos Aires)
USA vs. Brazil (7 p.m., Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas)
Canada vs. Chile (8 p.m., Westhills Stadium)
source : http://bleacherreport.com