Six Nations Promises To Deliver


The Wait Is Over

I personally cannot wait for the 2024 Six Nations to commence this Friday evening in Paris, where both France and Ireland are seeking to repair their reputation after disappointing World Cup campaigns.

Fresh off of a wave of optimism thanks to the Netflix documentary focusing on the 2023 Championship, Test match rugby is likely to have brand new eyeballs focused firmly on the action this year and I am expecting two massive outcomes this year: French dominance to return, and a new Irish superhero to emerge like a phoenix from the proverbial ashes.

Dupont’s Absence Will Leave A Void

France will be less formidable due to the absence of their talismanic captain Antoine Dupont,, as he pursues his Olympic dream with the Sevens side.

Dupont's absence will undoubtedly leave a void in Les Bleus' lineup. His ability to control and electrify matches has been unparalleled, positioning him as a potential all-time great. However, Maxime Lucu, a seasoned replacement, has showcased his prowess in recent seasons. While duplicating Dupont's impact is a tall order, Lucu has a golden opportunity to prove himself on the grand stage.

Romain Ntamack's continued absence compounds France's challenge, but the playmaking skills of Thomas Ramos and the unpredictable Matthieu Jalibert provide solid alternatives. Despite missing key players, France boasts impressive depth, leaving them well-equipped to pursue a Grand Slam, building on their 2022 success.

Crowley To Fill Sexton Void

In contrast, Ireland are grappling with the retirement of Johnny Sexton, a legendary figure and the nation's leading points-scorer. The void left by Sexton is monumental, but the emergence of Jack Crowley offers a glimmer of hope. Crowley's ascent through the ranks, coupled with his versatile skill set, positions him as a potential linchpin for Ireland's campaign.

The departure of Sexton creates an era of transition for Ireland, and much attention will be on how they navigate this shift. Crowley, with his composed demeanor and knack for scoring points, could play a pivotal role in shaping Ireland's new identity. The Six Nations provides a platform for the young fly-half to make a lasting impression and solidify his place as a key figure in the post-Sexton era.

France Or Ireland

As the tournament unfolds, all eyes will be on France's ability to adapt without Dupont and Ntamack, and Ireland's prospects under the evolving leadership of a new generation, led by the promising Jack Crowley. 

The Six Nations is poised to deliver captivating storylines, showcasing both the resilience of established teams and the emergence of rising talents on the international rugby stage. I simply cannot wait.


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