Munster Haka’s Six Nations Team by Team Guide
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England will be heavily tested after a poor World Cup and it is yet to be seen if their new coaching staff will improve them or drive then further into the ground. With two extremes in mind, we’ve went with a middle of the pack finish.
Star Man: Jonathan Joseph
One To Watch: Maro Itoje
Predicted Finish: Third
Wildcard Prediction: Not having strong forwards may cost them against Ireland and Wales.
Anthem Rating: 4/10
France, like England, are coming off a shocking World Cup display and have left the hope of reconstruction in the hands of a new coach. However, I predict France will be different to their Channel counterparts and won’t transition as smoothly.
Star Man: Louis Picamoles
One To Watch: Sekou Macalou
Predicted Finish: Fifth
Wildcard Prediction: France’s new system may give teams like Italy or Scotland to take advantage of a French team in transition.
Anthem Rating: 10/10
Ireland not having Peter O’Mahony or Iain Henderson will affect their line-outs and rucks costing them against a strong Welsh pack which we predict will give Schmidt his only loss in the Six Nations.
Star Man: Sean O’Brien
One To Watch: Stuart McCloskey
Predicted Finish: First (Not Grand Slam)
Wildcard Prediction: Cj Stander to prove himself on the international scene knocking Jamie Heaslip off the Irish squad.
Amhran Na Fiann Rating: 7/10
Ireland’s Call Rating: 5/10
Italy come in as huge underdogs with star man and captain Sergio Parisse getting older and with their two club sides playing some of the worst rugby in Europe. Lets just say they will be happy to get one win and avoid the wooden spoon.
Star Man: Sergio Parisse
One To Watch: Samuela Vunisa
Predicted Finish: Sixth (Wooden Spoon)
Wildcard Prediction: If Italy can turn up than they might be able to beat transitioning teams France or England.
Anthem Rating: 6/10
A fantastic World Cup, narrowly losing in the quarterfinals versus an undeserved Wallaby side will give the Scots plenty of energy and confidence for the championship. They may have arguably the most lethal backline of young guns of all and with a much improved pack compared to the years gone by, they may have more hope than most. This could be their time to shine.
Star Man: Stuart Hogg
One To Watch: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
Predicted Finish: Fourth
Wildcard Prediction: Cause a shock result to a top team *cough England *cough.
Anthem Rating: 9/10
Wales are strong favourites despite what Gatty says. They have a huge reliance on their forwards in this tournament due to long term injuries ruling out Halfpenny, Webb and Williams.
Star Man: Dan Biggar
One To Watch: Matthew Morgan
Predicted Finish: Second
Wildcard Prediction: Beat Ireland but lose to England or Scotland.
Anthem Rating: 8/10
Paul Hurley and Ronan Calvert of munsterhaka.com