Who Boosted Their Chance for a British and Irish Lions Place?
What a great start to the Six Nations. Mind you, would we have expected any less?
Scotland edged out much-fancied Ireland 27-22 in a thriller at Murrayfield. I fear for the Italians who have to face the Irish next. It could be a bonus point annihilation in Italy.
But in Edinburgh, who stood out? In my mind, there were two players who put their hands up. At full-back, Stuart Hogg once again showed how he is possibly the best attacking 15 in the world. His running lines and speed will terrorise any defence, including the All Blacks.
Another player who has an outside chance of getting on the plane down-under is Greig Laidlaw. A key link man, but also a phenomenal kicker.
Of the Irish, maybe only Ian Henderson stood out for the Lions coaching team.
England stretched their winning run to 15 with a hard-fought 19-16 victory against France. It was not the most spectacular of games and the biggest impact appeared to be the English bench. James Haskell must be penciled onto the Lions squad team sheet and I expect to see more of him in the Six Nations.
When Wales played Italy on Sunday, all eyes were on Sam Warburton and he did not disappoint. Also, Alun Wyn Jones did everything expected of being the captain and enhanced his chances of being Gatland’s right hand man in New Zealand when Wales left the field securing a 33-7 victory. And can you leave out Halfpenny, who kicked Wales back into the game when they were 7-3 down? But where would you play him?
Before the Wales vs England test match this weekend, we have a rugby hospitality event with David Duckham and JPR Williams at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff. It will be interesting to hear their thoughts about the crunch test match and those who can forget booking a family summer holiday.
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