Australian rugby’s most heated Six Nations Rugby 2017 Live rivalry is gearing up for an encore performance, when Twickenham Stadium hosts Eddie v Cheik, round three, in November next year.
Event Date: 4 February – 18 March 2017
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That’s England v Australia in the November internationals, of course. Except that after four brutal encounters in the ring this year, the sparring of the coaches has been as hot a ticket to watch as the rugby.
Eddie Jones, spurned former Wallabies coach leading an England renaissance, has delivered his old Randwick teammate Michael Cheika four lessons in on- and off-field tactics this year. England downed the Wallabies in three straight Tests in June, and again on the latter’s spring tour, while Jones demonstrated why a decade in international rugby – and all the accompanying successes and failures – have him at the top of his coaching game.
Now, Cheika and the Wallabies have the Six Nations Rugby Live opportunity to salvage some pride after the RFU announced England would host Argentina, Australia, and Samoa next November. It is a year to wait, but the Wallabies will play at least nine Tests next season, including three more bites at the Bledisloe Cup and a first ever Test against Japan on Japanese soil, before darkening England’s door on November 18.
“These block of matches are an important step in our preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and we look forward to playing in the 2017 series against three tough opponents in Argentina, Australia and Samoa,” Jones said.
The Australian Rugby Union announced a November 4 fixture against Japan on Thursday. The Japan Rugby Union will pay the ARU a fee to play at a yet-to-be-announced venue, which will be an important warm-up fixture for the union in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup. Australia last played a Test in Japan in 2009, when the Wallabies lost a Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks 32-19 in Tokyo. It will have been a decade since the two nations last met in a Test fixture, after the Wallabies notched a 91-3 win in Lyon, France, at the 2007 World Cup.
Despite the coaching fireworks off the field, the Australia-England clash is not the fixture the rugby world is waiting for. Now it will not be until at least 2018 that New Zealand’s All Blacks pit themselves against the second best team in the world.
In the meantime, Jones and his captain, New Zealand-born Dylan Hartley, have been tipped to surpass the All Blacks’ record 18-match winning streak.
Unbeaten in 2016, and with 14 Six Nations Rugby. successive victories, England begin their defence of the Six Nations title against France at Twickenham on February 4, before playing Wales (February 11), Italy (February 26), Scotland (March 11) and Ireland (March 18). A second successive Grand Slam triumph would extend their winning run to 19 internationals.
Hansen told New Zealand radio he believed England could clinch the record.
“They’ve got games against Italy and you’d expect them to beat Italy and I’d expect them to beat Scotland so they’ve then got the Irish game, the French game and the Welsh game,” he told Radio Sport.
“They’ll be toughies but we know they’re capable of beating them. They went through last year undefeated so it’s there for them to have a crack at.”
All-Ireland football champions: Mayo. We have to be right sometime.
All-Ireland hurling champions: Galway. See above.
Gaelic footballer of the year: Aidan O’Shea. See above.
Champions Cup: Saracens to retain the title. If only because Andy Farrell is a machine.
Six Nations: Ireland. Or England. No, Ireland. Yes, definitely Ireland. Maybe.
SOCCERChampions League: Barcelona. If Messi stays fit. If not, God knows!
English Premier League: Arsenal. But does anybody really, really care?
Mayo Super League: Westport Utd. Who else? We’d like to be able to walk downtown in 2017 without getting heckled.
Sporting wish for 2017: That Joe Brolly becomes a Mayo fan. Surely it’s time he stopped trying to beat us and joined us!
Sporting event you’d most like to see live in 2017: A ringside seat at a Conor McGregor fight. Just to see what all the fuss is about.
Sportsperson who is going to make the biggest impact in 2017: McGregor. Maybe the world is gone mad.
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Mayo SFC champions: Castlebar Mitchels. Three out of the last four titles, the best team around, a big population base and healthy finances. Remind you of anyone?
Mayo IFC champions: Wide open, could be anyone from eight teams. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe – Belmullet.
Mayo JFC champions: It would be a toss-up between Balla and Achill if Kilmaine hadn’t been relegated. Too big a fish for this pool.
Mayo SHC champions: Ballyhaunis to retain the TJ Tyrell Cup.
All-Ireland football champions: Feck it, the Dubs.
All-Ireland hurling champions: Waterford to progress one step further.
Gaelic footballer of the year: Diarmuid Connolly, but the Dubs will still whinge.
Champions Cup: Saracens.
Six Nations: Ireland.
Champions League: Barcelona.
English Premier League: Chelsea.
Mayo Super League: Westport United.
Sporting wish for 2017: A more balanced Six Nations Rugby Live Stream outlook on the Mayo football team’s highs and lows from within the county. Mayo folk can be their own worst enemies far too often.
Sporting event you’d most like to see live in 2017: Joe Brolly in the Octagon with Conor McGregor would be entertaining!
Sportsperson who is going to make the biggest impact in 2017: Declan Jennings. After watching his younger brother Gerry win a Mayo News Club Star at 41, Declan is transferring back to Breaffy to play ‘a bit of Junior’. Junior B full-backs and umpires be warned!
Mayo SFC champions: Ballintubber.
Mayo IFC champions: Kiltimagh.
Mayo JFC champions: Balla.
Mayo SHC champions: Ballyhaunis.
All-Ireland football champions: Mayo.
All-Ireland hurling champions: Waterford.
Gaelic footballer of the year: Cillian O’Connor.
Champions Cup: Saracens.
Six Nations: England.
Champions League: Real Madrid.
English Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur.
Mayo Super League: Westport Utd – I learnt my lesson last year!
Sporting wish for 2017: That the mark rule is a success and sees Gaelic football return to its catch-and-kick roots.
Sporting event you’d most like to see live in 2017: Europa League final – Tottenham v Man Utd!
Sportsperson who is going to make the biggest impact in 2017: Austin Gleeson, he’s a hurler and a half!|
Mayo SFC champions: Castlebar Mitchels. Is Garrymore’s three-in-a-row record about to be repeated?
Mayo IFC champions: Burrishoole. But it could be almost anyone.
Mayo JFC champions: Balla. Some day soon, this ‘pick the losing finalists’ craic is going to work for me!
Mayo SHC champions: Ballyhappiness.
All-Ireland football champions: Much as it pains me, the Dubs. Though if anyone can take them, it’ll be Mayo.
All-Ireland hurling champions: Tipperary. I love Seán Moran’s great line about their destruction of Waterford’s much-vaunted defensive system: “It was as if a baseball bat had been taken to a laptop”.
Gaelic footballer of the year: Brian Fenton. For the record, I correctly predicted Lee Keegan in January 2016!
Champions Cup: Saracens. Where are they from anyway?
Six Nations: Ireland. Come the day and come the hour…
Champions League: Borussia Dortmund. But maybe that’s my heart ruling my head.
English Premier League: Chelsea. Antonio Conte might, as a BBC commentator put it, struggle with the mannequin challenge, but last year’s slow bicycle race is a distant memory.
Mayo Super League: Westport United. Three-in-a-row to become four-in-a-row.
Sporting wish for 2017: Confirmation that we’ll see some Rugby World Cup action in Castlebar in 2023.
Sporting event you’d most like to see live in 2017: The Elfstedentocht (Eleven-Cities Tour) skating competition in the Netherlands, if it freezes enough. It hasn’t happened in 20 years. Damn global warming.
Sportsperson who is going to make the biggest impact in Six Nations Rugby 2017 Live: With a movie coming out on her 1973 Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs, Billie Jean King. Source