What the first two rounds have told us about this year’s Six Nations | Paul Rees

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Eddie Jones under scrutiny, Wales and Ireland settling into new management regimes, and a fragile French renaissance?

After Ciara and Dennis comes storm Eddie? After England overwhelmed New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final the Six Nations seemed a breeze for them, with four teams under new management and Gregor Townsend’s Scotland looking inwards. But it is England’s head coach who is under the most scrutiny after two rounds.

Jones’s contract ends in 2021, at the midway point between World Cups, and the sight of Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s Japan 2019-winning coach, at Murrayfield last Saturday was another cause for speculation. Jones’s side’s meek opening in Paris after the Australian’s bellicose buildup was followed by a narrow win in appropriately stormy conditions but, as the third round looms, England have home advantage.

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Written by Paul Rees
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2020/feb/15/six-nations-first-two-rounds-england-wales-ireland-france-scotland-italy under the title “What the first two rounds have told us about this year’s Six Nations | Paul Rees”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.