Six Nations 2019 Preview and Ongoing Predictor

Who Will Be Crowed Champions in 2019?

On Friday 1st February 2019, France host Wales in the first game of the 2019 Six Nations.  The Stade de France stadium in Paris will be buzzing in anticipation.  But who will be holding the trophy at 7pm on the 16th March?  We look at each team’s form since the start of 2018 to give our prediction of the standings at the end of the tournament.  We also update the chart after each set of games to see how those positions change.

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England

Since the start of 2018, England’s results have been mixed and they have lost more than they have won.  Their try scoring record in the same period is great, scoring 4 or more tries on 5 occasions.  And they are on a two-game winning run after the Autumn series and were unlucky to lose against the All Blacks.  Could Eddie Jones surprise the critics and spearhead another England revival?

Statistics after round one

Won: 7

Lost: 7

Position on form at the start of the tournament: 4th

Position after one game:  4th

France

Everyone continues to wonder what has happened to France.  Their record since the start of 2018 is dismal with three victories against Argentina, Italy and England.  In that period they have failed to score 4 or more tries, a statistic that will make the blood run cold for most French supporters.  Can they turn the tide?

Statistics after round one

Won: 3

Lost: 9

Position on form at the start of the tournament: 5th

Position after one game:  5th

Ireland

Arguably and statistically the best team in the world at present.  Defeating the All Blacks for a second time in the summer and only losing one test match (against Australia in the summer test) since the start of 2018.  They match England with the number of games where they have scored more than 4 tries with 5.  At present, they are an awesome machine.  Who will have the guile to stop them?

Statistics after round one

Won:  11

Lost:  2

Position on form at the start of the tournament: 1st

Position after one game:  1st

Italy

A few years ago there were signs of improvement for the Italians, but this was been swept away as others have adapted their game.  Their only wins since January 2018 have come against Fiji and Japan and, like France, they have failed to score 4 tries or more.  But can the old dog Parisse rally his troops to cause an upset in 2019?

Statistics after round one

Won:  2

Lost:  10

Position on form at the start of the tournament: 6th

Position after one game:  6th

Scotland

When compared with England and France, Scotland’s statistics are fantastic.  Having only lost four games since the beginning of 2018, with two of them against Wales, the Scots are right to feel confident.  Also, they have the 2nd best record for scoring 4 tries or more, having achieved this in 4 test matches.  If they play to their potential, they could surprise everyone.

Statistics after round one

Won:  8

Lost:  4

Position on form at the start of the tournament: 3rd

Position after one game:  3rd

Wales

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As I am Welsh I must curb my optimism and consider this objectively.  Wales will win the Six Nations!  Hang on, let’s consider the stats.  They are on a nine game winning run that started after successive defeats against England and Ireland in the 2018 Six Nations.  They are scoring tries, with 4 or more scored in 3 tests since January 2018.  But do they have enough strength in depth?  Can they maintain that form?

Statistics after round one

Won:  12

Lost:  2

Position on form at the start of the tournament: 2nd

Position after one game:  2nd

The ‘Position on Form’ Table

We assessed each test match played since the beginning of 2018 and awarded 4 points for a win and 1 point for each game where the side scored four tries or more.  We then divided the total points by the games played to give us a points per game ratio.  Here are the standings

Team Win Loss Games Points (4 pts for a win) Bonus Points Total Points Divided By Games
Ireland 11 1 12 44 5 49 4.1
Wales 10 2 13 44 3 47 3.6
Scotland 7 4 11 28 4 32 2.9
England 6 7 13 24 5 29 2.2
France 3 8 11 12 0 12 1.1
Italy 2 9 11 8 0 8 0.7

Statistical Update After Round One

What a fantastic start to the 2019 Six Nations.  France conspired to lose against Wales on Friday night, despite an emphatic opening 40 minutes.  Scotland flattered to deceive against Italy.  And England shocked the rugby fraternity by thoroughly beating Ireland in Dublin.

So, we’ve updated our predictor and the new table is shown below.  Despite the defeat, our statistics say that Ireland will win the 2019 Six Nations simply due to the number of times they have scored 4 tries or more.  But Wales are closing the gap fast!

Team Win Loss Games Points (4 pts for a win) Bonus Points Total Points Divided By Games
Ireland 11 2 13 44 5 49 3.8
Wales 11 2 14 48 3 51 3.6
Scotland 8 4 12 32 5 37 3.1
England 7 7 14 28 6 34 2.4
France 3 9 12 12 0 12 1.0
Italy 2 10 12 8 0 8 0.7

Statistical Update After Round Two

An interesting round two.  Wales struggled to overcome a dogged Italy and missed out on a bonus point.  Ireland returned to winning ways by beating Scotland.  But it is England, who absolutely demolished France, who have emerged as the deserved favourites for the 2019 Six Nations.

But our statistical predictor tells a different story.  Based upon the performances of all the Six Nations sides since the beginning of 2018, Ireland will win the Six Nations, albeit just from Wales and due to securing more bonus point wins.  England stay at 4th, a fair reflection of their year, but not of the last two matches.  England also has the highest number of bonus points having exceeded scoring 4 tries in 7 of their last 15 tests.  That is some record.  Roll on round 3!

Team Win Loss Games Points (4 pts for a win) Bonus Points Total Points Divided By Games
Ireland 12 2 14 48 5 53 3.8
Wales 12 2 15 52 3 55 3.7
Scotland 8 5 13 32 5 37 2.8
England 8 7 15 32 7 39 2.6
France 3 10 13 12 0 12 0.9
Italy 2 11 13 8 0 8 0.6

Statistical Update After Round Three

A huge result for Wales beating England 21-13 and leaping up to 3rd in the world rankings.  Ireland flattered to deceive in Italy, but still managed to not only win but secure a bonus point in a 26-16 victory.  In Paris, the flair of France returned as they danced around the Scots to comfortably win 27-10.

Despite the Wales results, our statistics table still shows Ireland victorious.  Wales inability to secure bonus points is the only difference between the sides.  Also, England’s 8th defeat in 16 games keeps them below Scotland.

Team Win Loss Games Points (4 pts for a win) Bonus Points Total Points Divided By Games
Ireland 13 2 15 52 6 58 3.9
Wales 13 2 16 56 3 59 3.7
Scotland 8 6 14 32 5 37 2.6
England 8 8 16 32 7 39 2.4
France 4 10 14 16 0 16 1.1
Italy 2 12 14 8 0 8 0.6

Statistical Update After Round Four

Wales stutter to a 4th Six Nations victory against Scotland, setting up a Grand Slam finale in Cardiff.  The only team standing in their way is Ireland, who demolished France.  However, England wait in the shadows after trouncing Italy.

Our statistics table, calculated using the performances of all sides since January 2018, still shows Ireland winning the 2019 Six Nations.  England move up into 3rd.  But what will happen on Saturday?

Team Win Loss Games Points (4 pts for a win) Bonus Points Total Points Divided By Games
Ireland 14 2 16 56 7 63 3.9
Wales 14 2 17 60 3 63 3.7
England 9 8 17 36 7 43 2.5
Scotland 8 7 15 32 5 37 2.5
France 4 11 15 16 0 16 1.1
Italy 2 13 15 8 0 8 0.5

Statistical Update After Final Round Five

Our final table tells the story of the tournament.  Since January 2018, Wales has lost only two games; against England and Ireland in the 2018 Six Nations.  Since their last defeat against Ireland on 24th February 2018, the side has won 14 consecutive games.  A record for any Welsh side.  Wales top the table on the basis of games won, with Ireland snapping at their heels with a better bonus point record.  England edge Scotland in 3rd place.

Team Win Loss Draws Games Points (4 pts for a win 2pts draw) Bonus Points Total Points Divided By Games
Wales 15 2 0 17 60 3 63 3.71
Ireland 14 3 0 17 56 7 63 3.71
England 9 8 1 17 38 8 46 2.71
Scotland 8 7 1 15 34 6 40 2.67
France 5 11 0 16 20 0 20 1.25
Italy 2 13 0 15 8 0 8 0.53

Hospitality Packages

There are packages for the forthcoming Six Nations England and Ireland games which include a superb 3-course lunch, a guest rugby personality to talk about life in the game, and a big screen to watch the game.  Further details can be found on ‘Rugby Hospitality During Six Nations 2019‘ but availability is limited.

For more information about having Rugby Legend speak at your rugby or golf club, or pre-match rugby hospitality for the Six Nations Internationals please do not hesitate to contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

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Our 2018 Review

Great Rugby Conversation from Rugby Legends

2018 has been another exciting year.  Here is a quick review:

February

Rory Lawson and Alix Popham Predictions Proved Wrong

Wales 34-7 victory against Scotland caught both our guests off guard.  Rory and Alix joined us for the pre-match entertainment and lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.  Their was a general thought that this would be a close game, but Wales dominated.  It was a sign of things to come.

Photographs from the event with Rory and Alix can be seen on the Paul Fears Photography website.

March

David Duckham Entertains at the Parc Golf Club in Newport

David Duckham was the blonde bombshell of his time, electrifying stadiums with his graceful, swerving running.  He was so good that the Wales rugby public adopted him as one of their own, naming his ‘Dai Duckham’.  During the evening he talked about playing for England, the Barbarians and the British and Irish Lions.

June

Phil Bennett Captivates Pontyclun RFC

After presenting the end of season awards to players from the senior and youth Pontyclun RFC rugby players, Phil Bennett told his audience some fantastic rugby stories.

Photos from the dinner at Pontyclun Rugby Club.

July

Rugby Union Tales from Rob Jones at Pontypridd Golf Club

On Friday 20th July 2018, Wales and British and Irish Lions scrum half, Robert Jones, captivated the audience at Pontypridd Golf Club with stories of his life in rugby union.

Photos from the evening at Pontypridd Golf Club.

Hospitality Packages

We want to thank all our guests and speakers for their support in 2018.  We have enjoyed every minute and we hope you have.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2019.

There are packages for the forthcoming Six Nations England and Ireland games which include a superb 3-course lunch, a guest rugby personality to talk about life in the game, and a big screen to watch the game.  Further details can be found on ‘Rugby Hospitality During Six Nations 2019‘ but availability is limited.

For more information about having Rugby Legend speak at your rugby or golf club, or pre-match rugby hospitality for the Six Nations Internationals please do not hesitate to contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

 

 

Craig Chalmers Talks Rugby

Scottish International Guests Before Wales play Scotland

The Autumn Test Series has a Six Nations feel to it this year with Wales playing Scotland on the 3rd November 2018 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  The extra test match, outside of the international window, is part of the side’s preparation for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Once again, Legends Hospitality has arranged pre-match hospitality at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.  The guest speaker at the event is Craig Chalmers.

Craig Chalmers

Craig ChalmersCraig Chalmers played 60 times for Scotland between 1989 and 1999, scoring 166 points.  He also represented the British and Irish Lions on the 1989 winning tour to Australia, winning 1 test cap.

Craig’s preferred position was fly-half, but he also played at centre.  As a fly-half he was highly respected for his ability to marshal a game with astute kicking.  He was also not shy of making a hard tackle.  His most famous performance was when Scotland played England in 1990.  The Scotland team was undefeated when England arrived in Murrayfield.  In a tense match, Tony Stanger scored a try for the Scots. but it was Chalmers three penalties that eventually proved to be the difference between the two sides.  This was the last time that Scotland won the Grand Slam.

Hospitality Packages

Packages for the Scotland, Australia and South Africa games include a superb 3-course lunch, a guest rugby personality to talk about life in the game, and a big screen to watch the game.

There are three tiers of tickets for the Wales vs Scotland, Australia and South Africa games:

Level One Premier – Drinks reception with the guest speaker, a free bar (beers and wines only) until kick-off, post-match food, premier seating position in room, match-day gift.

£129 + VAT per head

Level Two Enhanced – Free Bar (beers and wines only) until kick-off and match-day gift.

£99 + VAT per head

Level Three Classic– Pay as you go bar,  and a match-day gift.

£79 + VAT per head

There is also an option to book the Top Table and sit with the Guest Speaker throughout the event. The table will be named after your company or business with publicity opportunities during the day.  The cost is the same per head as the Premier Package plus a one-off fee of £250 plus VAT.  Ideal when entertaining clients.

For more information about pre-match rugby hospitality for the Autumn Internationals please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

Rugby Hospitality Returns For Autumn Internationals

Rugby Greats Talk Rugby

International test match rugby returns to Cardiff this Autumn.  And Legends Hospitality has arranged for some of the game’s rugby greats to meet and talk to rugby fans before the game at pre-match hospitality events held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.

With the Rugby World Cup just 12 months away, the four test matches will provide Warren Gatland the opportunity to review his squad and pencil in names for the plane that leaves to Japan.

The Games

Craig ChalmersWales vs Scotland (Saturday, 3rd November – Kick Off: 2:45pm)

Although it is unusual to play a home nations side in the Autumn international series, this is an exciting test match.  Scotland failed to live up to expectations in the 2018 Six Nations and will be looking to reignite belief in Cardiff.

Prior to the game, ex Scotland and British and Irish Lions Fly-Half Craig Chalmers will be talking about life as a Scottish international and his rivalry with present Scotland coach Gregor Townsend.

Wales vs Australia (Saturday, 10th November – Kick Off:  5:20pm)

Australia’s form in the Rugby Championship has not been good, but when they play in Cardiff there always appears to be renewed vigour.  It will be interesting to hear what our guest, Gareth Llewellyn, has to say.  Gareth Llewellyn won 92 caps as a lock forward for Wales between 1989 and 2004, captaining the side on 7 occasions.  He also appears regularly on Scrum V and Radio Wales offering his well-respected views on the modern game of rugby.

Wales vs Tonga (Saturday, 17th November – Kick Off: 2:30pm)

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Wales last played Tonga at Eden Park in New Zealand in June 2017, winning 24-6.  Whenever the Tongans play we can expect fireworks and big collisions.  There are lower ticket prices to attract families to the game and we are also offering hospitality with a pre-match lunch at a special price of £29 per person or £99 for a family of four.  Our guest will be the mercurial James Hook, now playing for Ospreys and with a CV that includes the British and Irish Lions, Wales, Barbarians, Gloucester, and Perpignan.

Wales vs South Africa (Saturday, 24th November – Kick Off: 5:20pm)

Brynmor Williams All Blacks 1977

The final test is against South Africa.  The Springboks are still smarting after their defeat in the controversial test match in the USA last summer and will be buoyed by their victory against the All Blacks.  Before the test match, ex Wales and British & Irish Lions scrum-half Brynmor Williams will give us his thoughts.  In the 70s and 80s, Brynmor competed against Gareth Edwards and Terry Holmes for the Wales No. 9 shirt and still played 3 tests for the British and Irish Lions against the All Blacks in 1977.

Hospitality Packages

Packages for the Scotland, Australia and South Africa games include a superb 3-course lunch, a guest rugby personality to talk about life in the game, and a big screen to watch the game.

There are three tiers of tickets for the Wales vs Scotland, Australia and South Africa games (see above for details of the Tonga game):

Level One Premier – Drinks reception with the guest speaker, a free bar (beers and wines only) until kick-off, post-match food, premier seating position in room, match-day gift.

£129 + VAT per head

Level Two Enhanced – Free Bar (beers and wines only) until kick-off and match-day gift.

£99 + VAT per head

Level Three Classic– Pay as you go bar,  and a match-day gift.

£79 + VAT per head

There is also an option to book the Top Table and sit with the Guest Speaker throughout the event. The table will be named after your company or business with publicity opportunities during the day.  The cost is the same per head as the Premier Package plus a one-off fee of £250 plus VAT.  Ideal when entertaining clients.

For more information about pre-match rugby hospitality for the Autumn Internationals please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

 

 

Rory Lawson and Alix Popham Predictions Proved Wrong

Past Internationals Foresaw A Tight Wales vs Scotland Test

The extent of the Wales 34-7 victory against Scotland (Six Nations, 3rd February 2018) surprised even past internationals.  Both Rory Lawson and Alix Popham predicted tight scorelines, although the winner was very much dependent on your nationality!

Former Wales back row Alix Popham and former Scotland scrum half Rory Lawson were speaking at the Legends Hospitality pre-match event held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.  It was great to hear about their rugby career highlights and also their thoughts on the opening game of the 2018 Six Nations.

A selection of photos from the event can be seen below with a more extensive selection available to view on the Paul Fears Photography website.

For more information or to book a place at a hospitality event prior to the final two Wales Six Nations internationals, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

Rory Lawson and Alix Popham Talk Rugby Prior to Six Nations Opener in Cardiff

Pre Wales vs Scotland Six Nations Rugby Hospitality

One of the most entertaining tests of the Six Nations is when Wales play Scotland.  Being their first test of the 2018 Six Nations, a result is vitally important for both teams.

This year’s battle will take place on Saturday 3rd February at 14:15 in the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  Scotland arrive having thrashed the Wallabies 53-24 at Murrayfield on the 25th November.  Wales are also on a single game winning run having defeated the Springboks 24-22 at the beginning of December.

The rugby world has marked down Scotland as the favourites.  But what will two former rugby internationals say?

Pre-Match Build-Up Talking Rugby

Prior to the Wales vs Scotland game, we will be hosting a rugby dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.  After a fabulous 3-course meal, two former international rugby stars will talk about their experiences and give their views on the vital first test of this year’s Six Nations.

Rory LawsonScotland will be represented by Rory Lawson.  Rory is the grandson of legendary rugby commentator, Bill McLaren and represented Scotland between 2006 and 2010 winning 31 caps.  His rugby career started with Edinburgh Rugby in 2003, before he moved South to Gloucester in 2006 where he spent most of his professional life.  In 2012, after 149 appearances, Rory moved North to Newcastle before retiring due to injury in 2013.

Alix PophamSpeaking in the red corner will be former Wales Back Row Alix Popham.  Considered by many to have won far fewer caps that he deserved often due to injury, Alix played 33 times for Wales between 2003 and 2008.  His career started at Newport in 1998 where he played 89 times.  He moved North for a very successful stint with Leeds Tykes in 2002, making his Wales debut against Australia in 2003.  Alix returned to Wales in 2005 to play for the Llanelli Scarlets before finishing his career at Brive in France.

Building Test Match Excitement

Our pre-match hospitality events provide rugby fans with the perfect start to International Saturday and a location where fans can easily get a beer and eat in a relaxed and warm environment.  For £99 (plus VAT) per person, we have a free bar up until kick-off, a fantastic 3-course meal, a rugby talk with a Q&A with Rory and Alix, and rugby prizes including signed shirts and memorabilia.  All this is staged within a 10 minute walk of the stadium in the centre of Cardiff.  It is a wonderful start to the day for any rugby fan and ideal for companies entertaining staff or clients.

Places are limited and so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in coming along.

This is the first of three events we are staging this Spring, with further news on events prior to Wales playing Italy and France being announced shortly.

For more information or to book a place for the Wales vs Scotland test match (or any of Wales Six Nations games), please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website