Saturday could see England win their first Glam Slam since 2003 in the six nations if they beat Wales in Cardiff. Stuart Lancaster’s men will be hoping that they can follow in the footsteps of the side that went on to win the Rugby World Cup when Jonny Wilkinson scored the famous drop kick to beat Australia 10 years ago.
England had impressed in the first three games of the tournament, beating Scotland and Italy at Twickenham and an impressive display in Dublin against the Irish. Key individuals have impressed many during the competition including young Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilangi and Captain Chris Robshaw. However, last week’s victory over Italy was not as straight forward as anticipated; and improvement will be needed if the Englishmen are to complete the Grand Slam.
Wales aren’t ever going to be easy opponents for England, especially at the Millennium Stadium, but the fact the Welsh still have a chance of winning back-to-back championships gives them that little incentive to push for victory. Since there disappointing defeat to the Irish on week one, the Welsh team have improved immensely, scoring the highest amount of tries in the tournament. They will be hoping to be the first team to win successive titles since France back in 2006/2007.
Come Saturday evening we will have our champions, and even if people complain the rugby has not been of high standard in this year’s competition, I would expect many such as myself to anticipate a good physical match between two very good rugby sides, who incidentally will meet in the pool phrase when the Rugby World Cup comes to our shores in 2015.