Grand Slam for England?

by Jane Bretin

The pressure is on for the English rugby team as they are set to play their final game in the 6 Nations Tournament in a bid to win the Grand Slam this Saturday.

The England team, that has not won a Grand Slam in eight years, is expecting tough resistance from the opposing Irish team when they play them in Dublin on Saturday. As Brian O’Driscoll, Ireland’s captain, told the RBS 6 Nations’s official website: “It’s always a huge game for us because of the history between the countries”. He added that they would exploit the opponents’ nerves as the pressure will be palpable for the British team.

The outcome of the highly anticipated game is uncertain although most bookmakers have England set as victorious. Ireland’s boss, Declan Kidney has also admitted that England deserves to win the championship but still believes the Irish could stop that happening. Scores have been unpredictable in the tournament this year though, with the outsider Italy winning 22-21 against the well established French team. Scotland have also surprised rugby fans by resisting England for a long time in Twickenham last Sunday.

The final day of the tournament will also see two other games: Scotland and Italy will compete to avoid taking home the “wooden spoon” prize for the worst team of the 6 Nations. Unfortunately, Max Evans, who scored the only try for Scotland last week will not be playing due to an injury. he will be replaced by Nicky Walker who will be playing his 22nd cap. The last game of the day, that will seal the tournament is France vs Wales, they will be competing for second place.

The RBS 6 Nations serves as a warm-up for these teams before the Rugby World Cup that will take place in New Zealand this Autumn. After the surprises fans witnessed during this edition of the tournament, the World Cup promises to be full of exciting games.