Articles of the week, 6 Feb

There have been lots of very good 6 Nations preview pieces this week. The 42 has put out some great content, with Lynne Cantwell’s preview of Ireland’s campaign – and how best to approach a tournament for which expectations are lower – a particular highlight. Nick Bishop highlighted the scrum battle between Scotland and England in an excellent bit of analysis on Green & Gold Rugby, and his second Calcutta Cup preview piece (on Eddie Jones’ & England’s attacking structures) is also worth a read. The Gain Line covered some interesting aspects of the debate over England’s back row balance, while Andy McGeady looks in detail at the line out for the Irish Times. You can find links to all of these pieces and more below:

Andy McGeady, The Irish Times: Origin of 50 per cent of World Cup 2015 tries proved to be lineout possession

The Gain Line: England’s back row conundrum

Nick Bishop, Green & Gold Rugby: The Scotland scrum vs. Marler

Nick Bishop, Green & Gold Rugby: How will Eddie Jones change England’s attack?

Alex Shaw, Rugby World: Ireland vs. Wales preview

Neil Treacy, The 42: Jack McGrath can exploit Wales’ Samson Lee to give Ireland the edge in the scrum battle

Murray Kinsella, The 42: Boring or not, kicking game a key focus for Ireland against Wales

Lynne Cantwell, The 42: ‘They don’t have a fear of doing something wrong. You’re supposed to express yourself’



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