The evenings are starting to get a little lighter, those partaking in dry January see a glimmer of light towards the end of their dark tunnel, Valentine’s cards are on sale and England are about to claim victory in the test series against South Africa.
It can mean only one thing – the Guinness rugby 6 Nations Championship starts on Saturday 1 Feb
This annual tournament was won by the Welsh last year but again the competition will be fierce – Wales, Ireland, Italy and France all have new coaching teams and inevitably there will be some changes in style following the World Cup.
For those interested, we are again running the Cottons 6 Nations Prediction Championship!!!!
The competition is open to all of you, your partners, children and colleagues, everyone is limited to one entry.
The idea is to predict the result of all 15 matches before the first one starts, one point per correct prediction and over the 6 weeks we see how everyone does, we will email out a league table and a commentary after every round of matches – it will be a simple spreadsheet and a few mentions in dispatches for those doing well and perhaps those not doing so well!
There will alas be no prize money but there will be the glory of a trophy for the winner and of course the enjoyment of beating your know it all colleagues, family & friends.
We have attached a picture of last year’s winner, Brian Evans from Jackson Grundy, he scored 14 points and only missed out on our first maximum of 15 because of Scotland’s amazing comeback draw against England in the last match.
You simply have to decide whether each of the 15 matches will be a home win, draw or an away win, in the example I sent to Julien he has predicted Wales v Italy as a home win for Wales, Ireland v Scotland as a home win for Ireland, France v England as a home win for France of course and England to score 146 points which by coincidence is the same amount as in 2017 when they won the tournament.
For those of you not in the know, there aren’t many draws in rugby and Italy usually come last, nothing is guaranteed though as there are invariably surprises and tense finishes.
To enter simply email your entry to 6Nations@cottonsllp.com with the outcome of all matches predicted and your estimate of England’s points tally by close of play on Friday 31 Jan.