The quest of a nation

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England women enter this year's Six Nations as the reigning champions after winning all of their fixtures in the previous edition. Credit @danh73 via Twitter.

With the Six Nations having recently commenced, it seems natural to assume the results themselves may claim majority of the focus. This may be warranted, as with reigning champions England beginning their campaign with a victory, as did Ireland and Wales, it seems a multitude of teams may be showcasing their credentials, and how they may attain the title. With this also highlighting how the tournament may offer intriguing encounters for fans to witness, this suggestion may be intensified. It may be important to also consider the impact the tournament may have on the entirety of the sporting world, most notably due to its position in comparison to its counterparts. With Britain concluding their Davis Cup tie on the opposing end of the scoreline, several UK nations absent from the upcoming World Cup, and Phil Taylor’s retirement from darts, it seems the British public may need a lift due to performances perhaps being superior in previous years. As such, rugby may have an opportunity to claim an important position in the sporting world, and with the two favourites in England and Ireland contesting one of the final fixtures, the sport may be held in good stead.

The tournament might already boast a high regard in rugby, due to both the high calibre of athletes on show and the wide array of accolades available. Yet, it’s crowning glory may be the unity showcased between these countries, and with perhaps a complex period politically now ongoing, tournaments such as these may be increasingly important in signalling stability.

While all the opening fixtures may have provided a valuable insight into which nation may ultimately conclude the tournament the victor, one encounter seems at the forefront of focus. The prime reason for this may be due to it perhaps having a larger impact than its counterparts, as it involved reigning champions England. They opened their tournament with an efficient and accomplished performance, perhaps showcasing why they hold the status of top ranked side. Yet, their opponents Italy also seemed to perform amicably, scoring two tries, and thus, although perhaps regarded to finish sixth in the group, their performance may highlight the competitiveness of ties.

England manager Eddie Jones and captain Dylan Hartley with the trophy, which they may be aiming to win for a third consecutive year. Credit @pinterest.com.

Whilst the men’s event may naturally claim the majority of the focus, with the results widely available on a multitude of mediums and thus resulting in a wider reach, the women’s edition is also occurring in tandem with its male counterparts. This may be important in ensuring women receive a similar amount of exposure, and therefore may be an intelligent decision by the organisers. With focus already on the event, fans may also opt to support the women, laying the foundations for ultimate equality. Yet, it may also be noted the accomplished nature of the women’s sides, who may have proven they warrant support solely via their performances in the contest; England’s women now hold the position of reigning champions, with this occurring via winning each of their fixtures, thus showcasing the capabilities of female athletes.

With many fixtures yet to occur, all teams might be seeking to use this period productively, honing both their tactics and philosophies to boost their chances of success. This seems the philosophy utilised by England, who might use this tournament to improve their side, leading to 23 victories in 24 matches, and with their position at the pinnacle cemented, their rivals may be motivated to usurp them. With a number of players absent from the competition, the quality may have been impacted. Yet, this seemed to signal opportunities for other players to showcase the reasoning behind why they may warrant starts, and thus the importance of the tournament may further be reiterated. In providing opportunities for all, others might be motivated to strive for a career in the sport, and with all British fixtures available on the internet, exposure seems at its peak to support this overarching goal.

How may all nations ensure they might be held in the best stead to conclude the tournament at the top of the table?

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