Following England’s triumphant opening victories in this year’s Guinness Six Nations against France and more noticeably away in Ireland, Eddie Jones’ men looked on course to regain the championship from Ireland to obtain their 28th title.
However, a historic night in Cardiff on the last matchday saw a Wales side show immense strength and determination to bring England’s winning streak to a crashing end. This result left Wales as the only unbeaten side of the Six Nations, therefore blowing this year’s competition wide open.
So, who is going to reign supreme on March 16th? In this news post the Diverse Trainers team break down the competition to identify a potential winner, and explain the importance that strength and conditioning training has in creating a successful rugby squad.
Who are the favourites for this year’s Guinness Six Nations?
Although England’s defeat at the Principality Stadium knocked their chances of achieving a 3rd Six Nations title in 4 years, many bookmakers still have Eddie Jones’ side as favourites to be victorious on March 16th.
England’s remaining 2019 Six Nations fixtures are both at home against two unfancied teams, in the shape of Italy and Scotland. Many are expecting England to pick up 10 points from these fixtures, which is why they are still tipped by many to win the title.
Although, Wales’ destiny is in their own hands, and a Six Nations Grand Slam from Warren Gatland’s men would see them pick up their first Six Nations title since 2013. But Wales’ run-in is much less favourable than England’s, with a visit to Scotland followed by a potential title decider at home to Ireland.
Speaking of Ireland, it would be fair to say that the pre-tournament favourites have been underwhelming in this year’s competition. An opening day defeat to England and two low-key performances against Scotland and Italy have seen them only achieve one bonus point so far, leaving them three points off the summit. Nevertheless, Jay Schmidt’s team are still in with a small chance of retaining their title if England and Wales faulter, but they will need all the luck of the Irish to be victorious.
With one win on the board each, Scotland and France are huge outsiders to win this years competition, although a victory for either of these two nations is still mathematically – although highly unlikely - possible.
As for the Italians, their dream of an unlikely Six Nations triumph is over for another year, but they will be hopeful of not finishing the tournament pointless with upcoming games against England and France.
The importance of strength and conditioning for Rugby
Whichever squad lifts the Six Nations trophy this year, you can guarantee that the victorious teams’ strength and conditioning programme will have played a huge part in their success.
Rugby is one of the most gruelling sports out there, which can see players’ bodies beaten up and constantly in aid of recovery. So, to ensure that a squad avoids the injuries that are commonly associated with rugby, it is vital that an effective strength and conditioning programme is enforced.
At Diverse Trainers, we offer courses that provide you with all the qualities needed to become a leading strength and conditioning coach. Our Active IQ Level 4 Strength and Conditioning Qualification gives all students the technical expertise needed to become a success within the industry.
Once qualified, you will be able to train athletes of all disciplines, including high-level rugby players. So, broaden your health and fitness portfolio today by learning more about our Active IQ Level 4 Strength and Conditioning Course.
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