Six Nations Rugby Tournament
The Six Nations started with a bang last weekend with some awesome rugby on display.
I’m a big Scotland fan and was pleased to see Scotland get the win against Ireland. If you are not a huge rugby fan and you are not sure what the 6 Nations tournament actually is, here is a guide to help you find out what everyone is talking about.
As the name suggests the tournament is played by 6 teams, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy. It used to be the 4 Nations when created in 1882 then France joined in 1910 to become the 5 Nations until 2000 when Italy joined the tournament to make it the 6 Nations as we know it today.
There are 15 players in each team, 8 forwards and 7 backs. The forwards are bigger and heavier, whereas the backs are lighter and faster. The wingers are usually the fastest players on the pitch and normally get their share of the tries. It used to be played by amateurs at the top level but now top international players are all professionals and play for professional clubs.
You get 5 points for scoring a try, 3 points for scoring a kicked penalty or drop goal and this year the tournament is using a new ‘bonus points’ system whereby if your team scores 4 or more tries during a match you get an extra bonus point.
All the hype has been around the England camp as they were victorious last year. In a pre-tournament press conference Head Coach Eddie Jones said: “The scene is set for a great tournament, as the defending champions they will all be coming to get us.”
With the first weekend of the half term holidays coming up, I recommend getting comfy on Saturday afternoon and watch some world class rugby.
By Rhiannon, Yr 4
Monks Abbey Newsroom