Scotland to confirm, England to recover

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Scotland, after its success in England, must confirm Saturday against a damaged Wales while the XV of the Rose must absolutely recover against Italy, Sunday in London, during the 2nd day of the Tournament of six nations.

According to the good old principle “you don’t change a winning team”, Scottish coach Gregor Townsend made only one change to welcome the Leek XV, in this case the return of pillar Zander Fagerson.

“We have the feeling that this team deserves another opportunity (to show off)”, underlined Townsend, satisfied with the performance of his troops, crowned by a second success (29-23) in a row in England in the Tournament for the first time in history.

This improved victory, which allows the XV du Chardon to be at the top of the standings with 5 points, in the same way as Ireland and France, must now be validated against the Welsh, largely dominated by the teammates of Johnny Sexton (34- 10) and good last.

Sunday, in London, it is an appointment just as important which awaits England, opposed to reinvigorated Italians.

The English, defeated at Twickenham by Scotland last Saturday for the first of Steve Borthwick at their head and who point to the penultimate place, owe their public a revenge.

But beware, the Azzurri are “on a good dynamic”, warned their back Ange Capuozzo.

Their performance last weekend against France (24-29 defeat), which placed them in fourth place, cheered up the ardor of the tifosi who believe in a possible victory in England, after the historic one in the Tournament, in Cardiff (22-21) in 2022.

. The program of the 2nd day


(3:15 p.m.) Ireland – France

(5:45 p.m.) Scotland – Wales


(4:00 p.m.) England – Italy

Ranking: Pts JGNP pp pc dif Good

1. Ireland 5 1 1 0 0 34 10 24 1

2. Scotland 5 1 1 0 0 29 23 6 1

3. France 5 1 1 0 0 29 24 5 1

4. Italy 1 1 0 0 1 24 29 -5 1

5. England 1 1 0 0 1 23 29 -6 1

6. Wales 0 1 0 0 1 10 34 -24 0

Editor’s note: Victory = 4 pts; draw = 2 pts; defeat = 0pt; 1 bonus point for 4 tries or more, 1 bonus point for a loss of 7 points or less; 3 bonus pts for the Grand Slam (five wins).

The tied nations are decided by the difference in general points, then the number of tries scored over all the matches. If there is still a tie, they are tied.

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