Six Nations 2008 Round Up

Another year, another Six Nations. This year's championship has asked lots of questions without always providing the answers. Are England really that mediocre? Is it the end of an era for Ireland? The dawn of a new epoch in the valleys of Wales?

Well hats off to Wales, they managed to combine their natural attacking flair with a rock solid defense and fully deserved the Grand Slam. While Gatland seems to have the Midas touch his best decision was appointing Shaun Edwards as defensive coach. The former Rugby League player and Wasps' coach has been instrumental in turning the team that lost to Fiji in the World Cup into one of the most miserly defensive units around. If the Welsh union can convince Edwards to stay it could signal a new era of Welsh dominance.

England gave Ireland a bit of a hammering on Saturday with Danny Cipriani finally making the headlines for his performance on the field. Ireland were one dimensional and as they've shown throughout the Six Nations. Both Ashton and O'Sullivan have shown themselves to be unable to take risks both in terms of selection and tactics. At times neither team seemed to have a Plan A let alone a Plan B.

Everyone's favourite second team Italy beat Scotland in Rome thanks to an outstanding performance from their captain Parisse. Also, in Andrea Marcato, Italy may have finally found a number 10 to take on Dominquez's mantle. Scotland went backwards following last week's famous win over England but they've shown signs of improvement in the backs compared to their dismal displays over the last few years.

Everyone is going crazy picking their team of the Six Nations 2008 so it would be rude not to jump on the bandwagon.

The Excite 15

15 Lee Byrne (Wales)

14 Vincent Clerc (France)

13 Tom Shanklin (Wales)

12 Gavin Henson (Wales)

11 Shane Williams (Wales)

10 James Hook (Wales)

9 Mike Philips (Wales)

1 Andrew Sheridan (England)

2 Dimitri Szarzewski (France)

3 Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)

4 Nathan Hines (Scotland)

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

6 Jonathan Thomas (Wales)

7 Martyn Williams (Wales)

8 Sergio Parisse (Italy)

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