the Six Nations match starts at 4pm –

Of Dominic Calcagno

The tournament of the Azzurri begins today and they face one of the favorites of the Tournament, but who are confident of playing a good performance

The 6 Nations also begins for the national rugby team which makes its debut today in France at 4 pm in Rome. To watch the match live, tune in to TV8, digital terrestrial channel 8 which will broadcast the match unencrypted, while subscribers will be able to watch it on Sky channel 201. The match will also be available in streaming on Sky Go, Now TV and on .

If you don’t have enough muscle to win a showdown, you need to create an alternative. He did the Japan in the 2019 World Cup, played at home, when against all odds it beat Ireland and Scotland (as well as Russia and Samoa) qualifying for the quarterfinals (Italy never succeeded) where it was shattered with South Africa who would later win the title. The Japanese alternative was simple: avoid melee and bet everything on the speed of the head, legs and execution. Italy, which today begins its 24th Six Nations against France (the favorites of the Tournament) has decided to follow their example. You did it in November against Samoa and Australia (and for a time against South Africa), and will try to do it from 4pm today. We are not a big team, we are not big and big – explained the coach Kieran Crowley a All Rugby —. For us, the most important thing is to have fast and accurate balls to put our forward line in a position to make the best choices. The objective is to conquer the line of advantage, to advance: only in this way can we embarrass our opponents. in short, a Japanese-style Italy that faces the tournament with the hope of crafting a 2023 similar to 2022, closed with 5 victories in the last 7 games. A balance from a serious team, a revolution for our habits. A revolution that began on the last day of the last Six Nations in Cardiff, thanks to the extraordinary last-minute solo by Ange Capuozzo for Edoardo Padovani’s try and the victory that ended seven years of beatings.

As natural, after the dark years, one breathes a different atmosphere around the blues. There is optimism, probably too much. Because it is true that the group is young and promising (missing for Ioane, best winger of the 2022 Tournament for statistics, and Paolo Garbisi, the number 10) but winning at least two games as the president Marzio Innocenti says, seems very complicated (Italy he scored twice only in 2007 and 2013). There France, then, the worst (with Ireland) that could happen to start the season. You have won the last 13 games played, a year ago you made the Grand Slam, led by Antoine Dupont, the best player in the world. It’s hard to decide where to start with the French because they are a big team, they have muscles and weight (starting with the 155 kilos of prop Uini Atonio), speed and highly refined technique.

Against this apparently invincible army, Italy will try to carry out its game plan which brought goals, entertainment and lots of applause in November. The man destined to ignite the line of attack obviously Capuozzo. The blue elf passionate about music listens to Aznavour and Ranieri and plays the piano. The prayer that you mark or cause to be marked again. Humphrey Bogart would tell him: play it again, Ange.

February 5, 2023 (change February 5, 2023 | 11:01 am)



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