Fourth decisive day in this 2023 6 Nations Tournament with the Crunch between England and France.
Fourth and penultimate day of the 2023 6 Nations Tournament this Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March. On the program for the weekend, the “Crunch”! France moves to Twickenham in between the XV de la Rose to try to maintain its chances of final victory in this Tournament. The task promises to be as complicated as in Ireland because the Blues have not won in England since 2005 and will therefore have to achieve a resounding feat a few months before the Rugby World Cup. In 2021, the date of the last trip of the Blues to enemy territory, the band at Antoine Dupont was not far from victory, beaten 23-20.
Asked, the 2nd row Paul Willemse explains that this match is prepared as a real final. “We have not yet played the English with our full strength. Two years ago, we did not have as much experience as today. And then, if we lose on Saturday in England, it will be over for us in this Tournament… We are therefore preparing this Crunch as a final…”
Because yes, in case of defeat, the final victory will no longer be accessible. Ireland, with three wins in three games, is leading this 6 Nations 2023 and is aiming for the Grand Slam. Best nation in the World Rugby ranking, the XV of Clover is imperial and intends to continue on their series against the Scots. But beware, beaten by the XV of France a fortnight ago, Scotland will be vengeful especially since the XV of Thistle has been offering very good rugby for several months. In the other match of the day, Italy and Wales will play for the honor to avoid the famous wooden spoon awarded to the team that has not won a single match.
Schedule and results of the 2023 6 Nations Tournament
The schedule of matches for the 6 Nations Tournament is established over five days. Each team meets its opponents only once. For this 2023 edition, France travels three times (since it had received three times during the previous edition). The schedule of matches in 2023:
The classification of the 6 Nations Tournament is established as follows: victory is worth 4 points, a draw 2 points and a defeat 0 point. Each of the six teams can also collect bonus points: 1 offensive bonus point if it scores at least four tries in the match, 1 defensive bonus point if it loses the match with a maximum gap of seven points. Finally, if one of the selections achieves the Grand Slam, it is granted an additional bonus of 3 points. In the event of a tie at the end of the tournament, the teams are separated by the difference in points per game.
In France, the matches of this 2023 6 Nations Tournament are broadcast on FranceTV. The pair made up of Matthieu Lartot and Dmitri Yachviliaccompanied by Cécile Grès for the interviews on the sidelines, is on the comments of the nine matches of the competition, including all those of the Blues, scheduled on France 2. For the other matches, the broadcast is also accessible on the antennas of France TV , with the Laurent Bellet – Jérôme Cazalbou duo on the microphone.
The French group for the tournament
- Pillars : Uini AtonioCyril Baille, Clement Castets, Sipili Falatea, Mohamed Haouas, Reda Wardi
- Hookers : Gaëtan Barlot, Julien Marchand, Teddy Baubigny
- Second lines : Bastien Chalureau, Thibaud Flament, Thomas Lavault, Romain Taofifenua, Paul Willemse
- Third lines : Grégory Alldritt, Alexandre Bécognée, Paul Boudehent, Yacouba Camara, Dylan Cretin, François Cros, Anthony Jelonch, Sékou Macalou, Charles Ollivon
- Scrum half : Baptiste Couilloud, Antoine Dupont, Nolann Le Garrec
- fly-half : Antoine Hastoy, Matthieu Jalibert, Romain Ntamack
- Wingers : Louis Bielle-Biarrey, Ethan Dumortier, Damian Penaud, Matthis Lebel, Gabin Villière
- Centers : Pierre-Louis Barassi, Julien Delbouis, Gael FickouEmilien Gailleton, Yoram Moefana
- Rears : Romain Buros, Melvyn Jaminet, Thomas Ramos
The Welsh group for the tournament
- Hooker : Dewi Lake, Ken Owens, Bradley Roberts.
- Pillar : Leon Brown, Rhys Carré, Tomas Francis, Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Gareth Thomas.
- Second-line : Adam Beard, Rhys Davies, Dafydd Jenkins, Alun-Wyn Jones, Teddy Williams.
- Third-line : Taulupe Faletau, Jac Morgan, Tommy Reffell, Justin Tipuric, Christ Tshiunza, Aaron Wainwright.
- scrum half :Kieran Hardy, Rhys Webb, Tomos Williams.
- Opening half : Dan Biggar, Rhys Patchell, Owen Williams.
- Center : Mason Grady, Joe Hawkins, George North, Nick Tompkins, Kieran Williams.
- Winger/Back : Josh Adams, Alex Cuthbert, Rio Dyer, Leigh Halfpenny, Louis Rees-Zammit, Liam Williams.
The Scottish group for the tournament
- Fronts: Ewan Ashman (Sale, ENG), Josh Bayliss (Bath, ENG), Simon Berghan (Glasgow), Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow), Fraser Brown (Glasgow), Dave Cherry (Edinburgh), Andy Christie (Saracens, ENG), Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh), Jack Dempsey (Glasgow), Matt Fagerson (Glasgow), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Exeter, ENG), Richie Gray (Glasgow), Cameron Henderson (Leicester, ENG), WP Nel (Edinburgh), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh), Javan Sebastian (Scarlets, GAL), Sam Skinner (Edinburgh), Rory Sutherland (Ulster, IRL), George Turner (Glasgow), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh ).
- Rears: Chris Harris (Gloucester, ENG), Ben Healy (Munster, IRL), Stuart Hogg (Exeter, ENG), George Horne (Glasgow), Huw Jones (Glasgow), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Sean Maitland (Saracens, ENG), Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath, ENG), Stafford McDowall (Glasgow Warriors), Ali Price (Glasgow), Cameron Redpath (Bath, ENG), Finn Russell (Racing, FRA), Ollie Smith (Glasgow), Kyle Steyn (Glasgow), Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow), Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh), Ben White (London Irish, ENG)
The English group for the tournament
- Forwards: Ollie Chessum, Dan Cole, Ben Curry, Alex Dombrandt, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Joe Heyes, Jonny Hill, Nick Isiekwe, Maro ItojeCourtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, George McGuigan, Bevan Rodd, Sam Simmonds, Kyle Sinckler, Mako Vunipola, Jack Walker, Jack Willis.
- Three-quarters: Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, Tommy Freeman, Ollie Hassell-Collins, Dan Kelly, Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Alex Mitchell, Cadan Murley, Henry Slade, Fin Smith, Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward, Manu Tuilagi, Jack van Poortvliet, Ben Youngs.
The Irish group for the tournament
- Pillars : Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Dave Kilcoyne, Tom O’Toole, Andrew Porter.
- hookers : Rob Herring, Ronan Kelleher, Dan Sheehan.
- The second lines : Tadhg Beirne, Iain Henderson, Joe McCarthy, James Ryan.
- The third line : Ryan Baird, Jack Conan, Gavin Coombes, Caelan Doris, Peter O’Mahony, Cian Prendergast, Josh van der Flier.
- The scrum halves : Craig Casey, Jamison Gibson Park, Conor Murray.
- The opening halves :Ross Byrne, Jack Crowley, Johnny Sexton (cap.).
- The centers : Bundee Aki, Stuart McCloskey, Jamie Osborne, Garry Ringrose.
- The wingers/backs : Keith Earls, Mack Hansen, Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, James Lowe, Jimmy O’Brien, Jacob Stockdale.
The Italian group for the tournament
- Pillars: Pietro CECCARELLI (Brive, 24 selections), Simone FERRARI (Benetton Rugby, 40), Danilo FISCHETTI (London Irish, 25), Matteo NOCERA (Zebre Parma), Marco RICCIONI (Saracens Rugby, 17), Luca RIZZOLI (Zebre Parma ), Mirco SPAGNOLO (Petrarca Rugby), Federico ZANI (Benetton Rugby, 16).
- Hookers : Luca BIGI (Zebre Parma 42), Marco MANFREDI (Zebre Parma), Giacomo NICOTERA (Benetton Rugby, 7).
- Second line : Niccolò CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, 24), Marco FUSER (Massy, 41), Federico RUZZA (Benetton Rugby, 36), Andrea ZAMBONIN (Zebre Parma, 2).
- Third line : Lorenzo CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, 3), Michele LAMARO (Benetton Rugby, 21) – captain, Sebastian NEGRI (Benetton Rugby, 40), Giovanni PETTINELLI (Benetton Rugby, 8), Jake POLLEDRI (Gloucester Rugby, 19), Manuel ZULIANI (Benetton Rugby, 6)
- Scrum half : Alessandro FUSCO (Zebre Parma, 5), Alessandro GARBISI (Benetton Rugby, 3), Stephen Varney (Gloucester Rugby, 15).
- Fly-half: Tommaso ALLAN (Harlequins, 66), Giacomo DA RE (Benetton Rugby, 1).
- Centers : Juan Ignacio BREX (Benetton Rugby, 18), Enrico LUCCHIN (Zebre Parma, 1), Tommaso MENONCELLO (Benetton Rugby, 6), Luca MORISI (London Irish, 39).
- Wingers/Backs : Pierre BRUNO (Zebre Parma, 7), Ange CAPUOZZO (Stade Toulousain, 7), Matteo MINOZZI (Benetton Rugby, 24), Edoardo PADOVANI (Benetton Rugby, 40).
Here is the complete schedule of the 6 Nations 2024, unveiled on Tuesday February 28, 2023. On the program, an enticing France – Ireland at the start of the tournament and a France – England to conclude the latter.
- 1st day:
- France – Ireland on Friday February 2 at 9 p.m.
- Italy-England on Saturday February 3 at 3:15 p.m.
- Wales – Scotland on Saturday February 3 at 5:45 p.m.
- 2nd day:
- Scotland-France Saturday February 10 at 3:15 p.m.
- England – Wales on Saturday February 10 at 5:45 p.m.
- Ireland – Italy on Sunday February 11 at 4 p.m.
- 3rd day:
- Ireland – Wales on Saturday February 24 at 3:15 p.m.
- Scotland – England on Saturday February 24 at 5:45 p.m.
- France – Italy on Sunday February 25 at 4 p.m.
- 4th day:
- Italy – Scotland on Saturday March 9 at 3:15 p.m.
- England – Ireland on Saturday March 9 at 5:45 p.m.
- Wales – France Sunday March 10 at 4 p.m.
- 5th day:
- Wales – Italy on Saturday March 16 at 3:15 p.m.
- Ireland – Scotland on Saturday March 16 at 5:45 p.m.
- France – England on Saturday March 16 at 9 p.m.