The rugby union Six Nations featured heavily in the weekend’s newspapers online and on paper. There was some great rugby reading to be done.
But there are two places I always go first for my Six Nations previews in print. And here they are.
So, what do the Rugby Paper and Rugby World have in their special Six Nations editions this year, both published in the last few days?
And – equally importantly – who do they think is going to win it?
The Rugby Paper
The main section of this week’s Rugby Paper has lots of news about the Six Nations – about how the week has unfolded at each training camp. In addition, all of the paper’s columnists address issues like who should play for each team, who looks vulnerable, with a few memories of their own involvement in Six Nations of years gone by.
But there is also a twelve-page pull out guide to the tournament. The guide begins with an entertaining in-conversation session between Andy Robinson, Nick Cain, Jeremy Guscott and Peter Jackson. Then, a feature on the intense fixture that is Wales versus England. But there are also features on the other four teams.
The Rugby Paper’s expert panel of four predicts Six Nations winners to be: Ireland, England, England and Wales.
Well worth £1.50 if you have a couple of hours between now and Friday night to get yourself even more in the mood.
As usual, Rugby World goes into a lot of detail analysing the Six Nations, with comprehensive features on all six teams, especially the four from this side of the channel.
A wealth of columns and interviews with key players and predictions from ex-players, current players and coaches. Big names include Dan Cole, Gethin Jenkins and Greig Laidlaw.
Also, a feature on the new trophy being competed for for the first time. And – not forgetting – a review of an Official Welsh Rugby Cookbook.
All enhanced by some superb photography. Just what you need on the arm of your sofa – or en route to one of the matches
If you need one of those tournament guides that come out for World Cups, then Rugby World is the closest you can get.
The general consensus among the players polled in Rugby World is that Ireland will win the Six Nations.
Two great magazines fresh from the printers. Ready to help ease you into what promises to be another ultra-competitive northern hemisphere rugby union championship.
I hope you enjoy them. And it.