The NatWest Six Nations Championship
Congratulations to Ireland, the winners of this year’s NatWest Six Nations, whose players include JG Sports clients Bundee Aki and Kieran Marmion.
This year’s tournament culminated yesterday, bringing the same drama, sportsmanship and intrigue as its predecessors have. With all sides playing incredibly well, particularly the winning side who won the Grand Slam following their memorable win on St. Patrick’s Day against England, it was another great year for the annual championship.
Viewing figures were once again high, with yesterday’s game England v. Ireland drawing in more viewers to ITV than any other channel at that time, while over the course of the tournament coverage was provided by a host of presenters, including Sam Warburton and Gabby Logan, the latter also co-presenting The Big Six Nations Kick Off on BBC One, a Six Nations preview talk show featuring a spectrum of special guests.
Well done to all who played in the tournament, with particular mention to JG Sports clients
Dylan Hartley; Jonny May; Sam Underhill; Dan Cole (England)
Jake Polledri (first cap in week five for Italy)
Tommy Seymour; Peter Horne; Ryan Wilson; Ben Toolis; Jon Welsh; Scott Lawson; Lee Jones; Tim Swinson (Scotland)
Rob Evans; Wynn Jones; Aaron Shingler; Justin Tipuric; Owen Watkin; Josh Adams; Steff Evans; Liam Williams; Rhodri Jones (Wales)
The first week saw a memorable try from Steff Evans – the pick of the weekend, and possibly the tournament – as his dive into the corner grabbed the back pages. Peter Horne also scored on the opening weekend, with the second week seeing two tries from Jonny May, a debut international try for Ireland’s Bundee Aki, and a try saving tackle from Sam Underhill.
Into the third week, Bundee Aki scored hissecond international try, while there were tries made by Aaron Shingler and Steff Evans once again. The fourth week saw Jonny May score against France and a try from Justin Tipuric, leading us into the fifth weekend where Jake Polledri made a great debut for Italy. Yesterday also saw Jonny May score again, while Liam Williams scored a try for Wales.
An excellent display of skill and sportsmanship all round, congratulations to everyone who took part.