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Last Updated:  Sunday, 16 February, 2003, 17:03 GMT
Your Six Nations views
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What do you think about England's 25-17 win over France on Saturday?

Is the Grand Slam theirs for the taking, or can another side topple Clive Woodward's men?

And send us your thoughts on Wales, who lost 30-22 in Rome.

Where do Steve Hansen's men go now, and who would you like to see them axe?

And finally - all those Ireland and Scotland fans out there - let us know what you thought about the men in green's historic win.

Whatever your question, comment or view - get typing.

Your comments on: England 25-17 France | Italy 30-22 Wales | Scotland 6-36 Ireland


England v France

What on earth did the refereee think he was doing during the England/France match?

At the end it turned into a football match by playing 12 minutes of injury tme, which was completely ludicrous. There was nothing of the sort- maybe 5 or 6 maximum.

And then there was the 'high' tackle Will Greenwood made on one of the french players, who, as Jonathon Davies rightly mentioned, was about 2 feet of the ground when the tackle was made.

It was an appalling game of rugby, and not least because of the absolutely terrible decisions made by the Referee and Touch judges. I hope the refereeing is considerably better throughout the rest of the tournament.
Lorna High, England

If England had committed as many deliberate fouls as France they would have had 6six men sin-binned, when will the refs play fair?
Paul Short, England

Did Jason Robinson actually touch down the ball for his try yesterday? If not then have the rules changed? It seemed unfair that France's second try might have been disallowed!
Nick Keenan, England

England's rugby team won us back some respect after our dismal performance in our other National Game.
James Fathersham

People say this is the grand slam decider - I think the Scots will have something to say about that
M Carter, Lothian

When are England going to get another'Big hitter' to replace the likes of Tim Rodber? It seems there is no one in the team at the moment prepared to commit to a 'good thump'.

Tony Archer, N'Hants

Jason Robinson should be given more of the ball to run at the backs. Why doesnt he push up more or possibly play centre?
Chris Howard, S'hants


Italy v Wales

I am disgusted at the way Wales played today, they were pathetic they showed no strength , will or passion, they looked like they didn't have a clue what they were doing, and I don't think they did. Next year I think it will be back to the FIVE nations - because Wales haven't got the standard or clss anymore.
Harry Campbell, Wales

I hope that it is pointed out that though the Welsh players didn't play well as a team, there were some good performances by Harris who was under alot of presure and Tom Shanklin played with determination which some of the front row didn't
Rachel Jones, England/Wales

Well done to Italy on their victory over Wales! it was nice to see Italy actually playing some rugby, rather than the narrow, tight style they normally play. Mauro Bergamasco could play anywhere on the pitch and is a real tackling winger!
Gareth Sharkie, Northern Ireland

With a performance like this Wales are contenders for the wooden spoon.
Michael Smith, Abertillery

Its going home, its going home, rugby's wooden spoon is going home. Sorry Wales but you are embarrassing!
Andy, Hereford

There should be a second division in this competition, for Wales to play in!

lestyn,Tywyn

It was good to see Italy win another game, they played well and disciplined for once. Good to see so many Calvisano players doing well. It is so boring to watch England play.Ireland played well with excellent defence. England are very boring to watch.
Tim Whitley, UK

Commitment, Passion, Determination and the will to win. These are things that Wales are lacking. Yet England display at all times. Wales will need to dig deep to compete with England, I cant wait.
Steven Douglas, England

Save the Wales!
Richard Connelly, England

I was disgusted at the way Wales played yesterday-where was their pride and passion?? The only player who looked like he'd turned up was Martyn Williams - he was everywhere.

Colin Charvis should be ashamed Ihardly noticed him there and how dare he come off the pitch and smile! Finally, I was disgusted at Hansen's comment in Wales on Sunday today that he's picked the 32 best players like or not! p.s Italy were superb!
Angharad Barter, Pontypool, Wales

Wales will be lucky to get nil against England next week. A conservative guess would put us about 10 years behind the Indian rugby side, if they have one, at the moment.
Paul Curtis, England Wiltshire

When Welsh Rugby manages to get rid of Will Carlings "Old Farts" in the WRU, then we can make progress. Until then Welsh fans are forced to accept third rate performances whilst the old farts keep their jobs.
Matt Jenkins, Great Britain


Scotland v Ireland

Judging by France's performance yesterday against England and by Ireland's performance today against Scotland, I am looking forward to the France v. Ireland match. It should be a very close-fought affair.
Mrs. Alice Vowles, France

Fair play to Ireland on the win, they were better overall and took their chances, unlike Scotland. But how can Keith Wood say Scotland "had nothing about them"? How did we make all the chances then, Woody? At least have the decency to be gracious in victory.
Jim, Scotland

Scotland really need to rethink their team structure - Logan was totally ineffectual, Laney couldn't pass, and Smith & Metcalfe were working against the odds. Maybe it's time Geech moved upstairs...
Paul Gordon, Scotland

Ireland's defence made the difference against Scotland. However, they let Scotland have too much of the ball and only for Scottish errors it could have been a different story. Ireland cannot afford to do this when playing England or France.

David Humphreys added to his reputation and might keep O'Gara out of the starting line-up. O'Driscoll showed that he is maturing into a world class player.
Peter Tormey, Ireland

This was the team that beat South Africa? Ireland were playing Rugby Union....Scotland were playing silly beggars!! Things can't get worse I suppose...well played Ireland enjoyed the commitment and skill. Why couldn't we have found out if BOD had a scottish granny?
Diz, Scotland

I have just watched Ireland's great win against Scotland and after hearing the after match comments from the pundits I felt I had to write in.

I normally enjoy John Inverdale & Jonathon Davies but come on lads give Ireland some credit for a very comprehensive victory, you spent all your time telling us how bad Scotland were and went on about how England or France would punish Ireland - give some credit we can only beat one team at a time!

I can understand Mr Davies been a bit upset as his team did not even turn up in Rome and as for Mr Inverdale maybe the English have forgotten how to enjoy a win (come on England you have beaten a French team which I think are favourites to win the World Cup).

Anyway I've said my bit - its still great to have the rugby back on the BBC I'm off out for a pint to CELEBRATE our win.
Patrick Lane, England

In reply to M Carter from Lothian, it is nice to see a Scot with so much faith in his team but did todays (16/2/03) performance against Ireland show us all that Scotland are much more likely to fill the bottom place than the top in this years 6 Nations! Matt Chapman, Hants
Matt Chapman, England

Who would have thought that after the 1st weekend Italy would be top. Wales were very poor and their game versus Scotland will be awful!

England and France weren't at their best. Ireland looked very solid. An 8/1 outside bet for the title may be a good bet. They have England and France at home and a surprise could be on the cards.

However, it looks like the Six Nations could become two seperate leagues with England, France and Ireland battling for the title and Scotland, Wales and Italy trying to avoid the wooden spoon.
Nick Archer, England

Ireland did well today, but if we want to beat England and France we have to improve, there has to be more creative play from the backs and that needs players like Geordan Murphy on the field
Andy Fairgrieve, Ireland

On Ireland's performance today I would say to England, beware when you go to Dublin and to Scotland, think yourself lucky that you have Wales in the competition.
Tim Craig, UK





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