So after a one week break where it seemed like a lifetime, The RBS Six Nations is back on our screens with some indulgent Rugby to take place across the weekend.
England takes on the fierce force of the French, who after two somewhat surprising losses, are looking to bounce back and get their campaign back on track. Stuart Lancaster’s outfit, however, have taken 4 points from two with resilient wins over Scotland and most recently, the tight game against Ireland and will be looking to keep up their 100% record.
The England side this year has a fantastic blend of youthful talent, combined with the experience required to lift the trophy this year. Despite the variations of options available to Lancaster, he has named an unchanged 23-man squad for the tie, giving the chance for several unused players to go back to their respective clubs.
The beauty of this short delve in the Rugby World for most, is that every match, and every point matters. The positions of anyone in the Table is irrelevant; it is the passion that every player will show with the England men playing for the English Rose to the chorus of ‘Sweet Chariot.’
So far, it seems that England have to play rough and ready for a battle. So far, much of the weight has been brought on the shoulders of Owen Farrell, England’s FlyHalf. His precision and nerves of steel at just 21 has ensured the wins for England. Coincide this with the strength and power of the likes of Captain Chris Robshaw and the tenacity of Ben Youngs et al, there is quite an exciting prospect that they can go all the way. The gift of Les Bleus is that they are strong and now angry, looking to rekindle their Championship. Either way, this is set to be an exciting encounter, and certainly one not to miss.
For me, the blend of talent that Lancaster has at his grasp and the roar of the England Lions at the fortress that is Twickenham guiding the English force into battle, I can only see one result and eventually one winner of the Six Nations.