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Over and out

  • Claire Stocks
  • 28 Mar 07, 10:35 AM

London - Thanks for reading and contributing to this blog during this year's RBS Six Nations.

Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We're now closing the blog - but before we go if you have any feedback on how we did things or ideas for how we might do them in the future, let us know here.

We have plans to revive the blog during the Rugby World Cup this autumn so will try and incorporate good suggestions.


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Team of the Tournament

  • Mark Orlovac
  • 20 Mar 07, 01:45 PM

m_orlavac_6666.gifLondon - So after five weekends of thrilling action, the dust has settled on another Six Nations campaign.

Before the tournament started, our team of BBC Six Nations bloggers sat down to select a combined team of the tournament and we did the same three games in.

Now hostilities have come to an end, the votes have been painstakingly counted and we can exclusively reveal what we think is our definitive starting XV.

Triple crown winners Ireland provide six of the team, with champions France and Italy having four players apiece.

Youngster David Strettle is England's only selection while Wales and Wooden Spoonists Scotland miss out altogether.

Six players from the original team have kept their places, and interestingly five of them are in the pack.

Let us know what you think of our selections, what we've got right, what we've got wrong, and let us know how your Six Nations XV would look.

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Irish party falls flat

  • Andrew Cotter
  • 18 Mar 07, 02:04 PM

Andrew Cotterire_badge.gifI left Rome on Saturday night. There was a tentative plan to rearrange a flight and stay and experience this intriguing drink you call "Guinness" in the Italian capital with a big, bald former hooker. I'm glad I didn't.

Has a St Patrick's Day celebration ever fallen so flat?

The Six Nations may have been criticised for a lack of quality. Kiwis will be sleeping soundly in their nests. But I can't remember a more dramatic conclusion to the competition. In fact, it was one of the most dramatic afternoons I can remember in any sport.

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Six Nations - the final verdict

  • Rob Hodgetts
  • 18 Mar 07, 10:31 AM

Rob HodgettsLondon - The 2007 Six Nations ended in controversial, joyous, heartbreaking or infuriating fashion depending on the colour of your shirt.

But there's no doubt it's been a cracker - maybe not for the actual quality of rugby but for the drama and suspense right up until the final match.

France, Ireland and England were all tied at the top of the table going into Saturday's finale, meaning every point scored, for or against, would be crucial in deciding the eventual winners.

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Do believe the hype

  • Phil Harlow, BBC Sport journalist
  • 18 Mar 07, 10:30 AM

Phil Harlowwal_badge.gifCardiff - James Hook's outstanding display against England has given new hope to a Wales team that had looked bereft of it for much of the Six Nations.

But it has also provided coach Gareth Jenkins with a rather tricky selection dilemma in the very near future.

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Wales v England player ratings

  • Phil Harlow, BBC Sport journalist
  • 18 Mar 07, 09:21 AM

Phil Harlowwal_badge.gifEngland badgeMillennium Stadium - Wales secured their first win of the Six Nations and avoided the Wooden Spoon with a hard-earned 27-18 win over England in Cardiff.

See what you think of my player ratings for both sides.

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Scotland player ratings

  • Rob Hodgetts
  • 17 Mar 07, 04:25 PM

Rob Hodgetts London - France beat Scotland 46-19 in an exciting match which all but clinched the Six Nations title for Les Bleus.

The Scots were clinging on at 20-14 down at half-time but were blitzed by a barrage of second-half scores, including Elvis Vermeulen's all-important last-gasp try.

See if you agree with my ratings of the Scotland team.

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Ireland player ratings

  • Rob Hodgetts
  • 17 Mar 07, 02:24 PM

Rob Hodgetts London - Ireland ran riot at Stadio Flaminio with a 51-24 victory over Italy to leave France needing to beat Scotland by 24 points to win the Six Nations title.

See if you agree with my ratings of the Ireland team.

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As long as Wales beat the English

  • Sean Davies
  • 15 Mar 07, 10:51 AM

Sean Davieswal_badge.gifCardiff - I took a fair bit of abuse in a previous blog as people seemed to think that my desire to see Wales beat England made me some sort of atavistic cave dweller.

With the big Cardiff showdown now looming large, I’m still clearly smarting as I’ve decided to revisit the touchy subject.

Now I don’t believe that a win over our oldest rivals should be Wales’ ultimate ambition, or that it would completely make up for a dismal Championship for Gareth Jenkins’ team. But it would set the world to rights, if only for a short while – and here’s why…

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More laws questions answered

  • Nigel Owens
  • 15 Mar 07, 09:04 AM

Nigel OwensThe penultimate round of Six Nations games has thrown up plenty of queries for my colleague Hugh Watkins and I.

This week we cover the controversial ending to the Wales v Italy game in Rome as well as issues surrounding Ireland's win over Scotland.

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Will Lewsey feature in Ashton's future plans?

  • Phil Harlow, BBC Sport journalist
  • 14 Mar 07, 02:39 PM

Phil HarlowEngland badge Bath - England coach Brian Ashton may have only made two changes to his team to face Wales on Saturday.

But he certainly retains his reputation as a ruthless selector.

After starting all Six Nations matches so far, Josh Lewsey has been cast out of the entire squad following a disappointing performance against France.

His replacement by Sale winger Mark Cueto, who has never played at fullback for his country before and who has made only a handful of appearances in the position for his club, suddenly means his international future is looking a little uncertain.

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Jones loss a blessing in disguise?

  • Sean Davies
  • 14 Mar 07, 10:00 AM

s_davies_6666.gifwal_badge.gifCardiff - Ok, Stephen Jones has taken some pretty vociferous criticism on various blogs and message boards for his performances in this season's Six Nations, and now he's out of the England game.

I think a lot of the flak has been pretty unfair to a player who is a great servant to Welsh rugby and I would have kept him at outside-half in Wales' first four games of the Championship.

But Phil Bennett said that Jones should have been taken out of the firing line after his battering in Rome and I'm with him on that one (hey, it's not a bad opinion to share!), but let's throw it open for your thoughts - I'm sure there'll be a few as usual on the Welsh number 10 debate!

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