Six Nations Rugby Week 3 Live Streaming Full Preview, Live Broadcasting TV Channel Information’s. 6 Nations Rugby Week 3 Start From 26 February Friday and 27 February Saturday 2016.Wales vs France Play 26 February On Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Italy vs Scotland Play 27 February Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy, and England vs Ireland Play also on 27 February 2016 On Twickenham Stadium, London.
After an intriguing opening two rounds of action, the third week of the 2016 Six Nations promises to go a long way towards shaping the final outcome of the tournament. Wales and France’s clash in Cardiff is likely to determine both teams’ chances of securing the title, while a win for England over Ireland would surely make them the favourites. At the foot of the table, Italy and Scotland’s game is likely to decide the destination of the dreaded wooden spoon.
Date: 26 February 2016, Friday
Time: 20:05 GMT (UTC+0)
Stadium: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
A crucial game in the battle for the Six Nations title, France’s visit to Cardiff could make or break the fortunes of both teams. A win for France could see Les Bleus go top of the table, while a Welsh victory would propel Warren Gatland’s team right back into the championship race.
France have looked impressive under the leadership of new coach Guy Noves, securing home victories over Italy and Ireland. There have been some concerns over the strength of the French pack, but the team’s attacking rugby has been fluent. Averaging 57.5% possession and 52.9% territory, Les Bleus have been strong in terms of controlling games and imposing their will on their opponents. France have also been adept at keeping the ball alive in attack, making a total of 41 offloads and averaging 784.5 metres gained with the ball in hand, more than any other team in the Six Nations.
In contrast, Wales haven’t been as strong as some expected them to be, drawing with Ireland in week one before relying on a late surge to scrape past Scotland in their second game. Marshalled by fly-half Dan Biggar, Wales have managed games well with the boot, making an average of 835.5 metres including a massive 1,080 metres against Scotland. In fact, Wales’ kicking game could swing Friday’s match in their favour against a French side that likes to run with the ball and averages just 557 metres kicked per game, potentially forcing Les Bleus to run from deep into the teeth of a strong Welsh defence.
Date: 27 February 2016, Saturday
Time: 14:25 GMT (UTC+0)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
A matchup between the two teams at the bottom of the standings, Italy and Scotland’s meeting in Rome sees each side battling for their first victory of the competition following consecutive defeats.
Italy may currently sit in sixth place, but the Azzurri have displayed some good attacking rugby at times, particularly in the first half against England in Rome. Averaging 682 metres gained with the ball in hand (second only to France), the Italians can pose a significant threat but lack a cutting edge in terms of converting attacking flair into points on the board. Italy have also shown an ability to manage games for extended periods (57.5% possession against England), a skill which should serve them well against Scotland.
Battling to avoid the ignominy of finishing the Six Nations at the foot of the table, Scotland will be determined to beat Italy after losing 19-22 at Murrayfield last year. Averaging 763 metres kicking, the Scots have generally relied on the boot to keep territorial battles even but have shown some cutting edge in the backline. The likes of Stuart Hogg have seen Scotland record eight line breaks (equal most with France), something that could trouble an Italian side that make just 89% of their tackles, the fewest of any team.
27 February 2016, Saturday
Time: 16:50 GMT (UTC+0)
Stadium: Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Arguably the most important game of the weekend, Ireland visit Twickenham desperately seeking their first win of the campaign, while England will be looking to retain their position at the top of the standings after victories over Scotland and Italy.
Despite looking unconvincing at times during their opening two games, England came through to secure two wins and show glimpses of a new approach under coach Eddie Jones. England are the tournament’s top try scorers after an excellent second half display against Italy, but Jones’ team have generally struggled to break through the opposition defence with the ball in hand. England are joint last in terms of total offloads with just four, while the team has gained an average of just 569.5 metres with the ball in hand, 21 metres less than Ireland. England will need to find more of an attacking edge this weekend if they are to unlock a stubborn Irish defence and remain at the top of the standings.
Ireland, meanwhile, have been largely disappointing. Yet to record a victory, the defending champions rank sixth for average possession (40%), average territory (42.7%), tries (1), line breaks (4), offloads (9) and kicking metres (554.4). Having been put under pressure by Wales and France, Ireland’s defence has been fairly resolute despite the results, making 221.5 tackles per game at 93% completion, the best of all teams so far. The Irish will need to improve on the attacking side of the ball as well as remaining strong in defence if they are to come away from Twickenham with a victory over an England team that showed its attacking prowess during the second half of the recent game against Italy.