The same goes for Scotland, although they're getting better each year and have provided some of the most entertaining games that I've seen. I was at the Millennium Stadium in 2010 when 'Super Shane' went over in the 82nd (or was it 84th) minute to secure the win for Wales and secure £250 for me (thank you, Ladbrokes
).... Why Scotland didn't kick to touch just before full time I'll never know...
i'll give you the answer. Mike Blair is an intelligent player & captain. according to the laws of the game, to intentionally put a kick off directly into touch is actually a penalty offence. Blair realised this, along with recognising that the taffs have a couple of lads with hefty boots that can easily slot a kick from the halfway line. The right & only play was to go long & to the corner & try and force a mistake.
this year, i've got cash on the welsh & the french as 1&2, ireland at 3, scotland or england as 4&5 with the italians in an undeserved 6th.
the welsh side have probably got revenge on the brain after they were screwed in the world cup.
the french are a class act BUT, they are french.
the english have the potential to win the next world cup with the right squad selection & direction from the management (with jonno & wilko gone they can actually look ahead instead of living on undeserved past glories).
the italians are getting better each year & now have a good side but with mallet gone, they will be made to play a different game which means they are starting from square 1 again as they rebuild.
The irish are in limbo between one last hurrah from the old guys & bringing in the players for the next world cup (lancaster has done just this in the england setup) what they do get is the new blood gaining experience from the likes of BOD, ROG, darcy, o'connel & co.
The scots are an interesting one. frank hadden was sacked too soon. Andy Robinson hasn't built the current side, Hadden did, he still had a couple of years to run on his contract & was building a very good squad. If Robinson can get the giddiness out of the last 1/3 of the pitch & get the guys to cut down on daft handling errors & turnovers they may pick up a few wins, they won't be close to winning a tournament for at least a couple of years but depending on how things build with the next wave of youngsters they could get to a stage where they are competitive.