As the tournament draws to a close, it is time to take stock. From Ireland to England via Wales, Midi Olympics journalists take stock.
In the end, the only big surprise at this 2022 6 Nations tournament was having to wait until the last day to find out: does it still have a place in the old tournament or, in the name of a financial logic in the sport, will it make its way to South Africa soon?
Kieran Crowley Men, in conclusion, brought a rigor to the theories of this exclusion. The best winner on the lawn in Wales, after a match that could have even been “killed” at the last minute, the Transalpine selection reaffirms its place in the European concert. “The main goal of this team we are building is to earn the respect of the rugby world. It’s important that we show that we are not a dead nation. “ Capuso congratulated AFP on Saturday. “We must not forget that we are playing in this tournament against the best countries in the world. The other five countries are in the top 8 in the world,” he said. We do not have excessive goals, but we strive to achieve this honor, and this success is in this direction. ⁇
Garbici’s tears, the outpouring of joy from all his colleagues, and the success of Ange Kapooso will remain another remarkable image of this 2022 edition.
Nervous crisis in Wales and England
For the rest, the logic put forward before the start of the match was finally honored, with the dynamics of November. The Welsh were said to be losing speed, which was confirmed. Coach Wayne Pivak has been around for two generations. The results suffer. “It’s disappointing. We knew it would be tough this year, it was so. We improved during the match, but today (Saturday) we betrayed ourselves.” Her captain, Dan Biger, hit harder: “In the week before the match, we thought it was almost the last chance for the players. […] There were too many players who did not meet the standards. It is very frustrating to know that one thing we are proud of without relying on ability is our work ethic. ⁇
England is also sinking into crisis. Three defeats in five games last year; It has not done well this year. The pressure on Eddie Jones’ shoulders is huge.
As the Blues’ main rival, they declared the big favorites and retained their place after winning the 10th Grand Slam in their history and declaring Ireland. Who does not disappoint. Only one defeat against France, everything improved. Then, four wins, all with an aggressive bonus, including the opening slap against Wales (29-7) and a proud victory at Twickenham (32-15). The Irish, who had already beaten All Black House in November, are consolidating themselves as another European superpower. Already a serious consumer aiming for the next 2023 World Cup.
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