Sam Warburton – captain of Wales Rugby XV Six Nations 2017

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Sam Warburton Six Nations 2017

Full name Sam Kennedy-Warburton
Date of birth 5 October 1988
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Height 1.88 m
Weight 99 kg

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Sam Warburton Six Nations 2017

Sam Kennedy-Warburton commonly known as Sam Warburton, is a Welsh international rugby union player. Warburton plays regional rugby for the Cardiff Blues and was first capped for Wales in 2009. He usually plays as an openside flanker but is also capable of playing at blindside. Warburton holds the record for the most Wales caps as captain.

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Sam Warburton Six Nations 2017

Flanker Sam Warburton is one of the new stars of the international game having emerged as a world-class talent with a string of eye-catching displays for Wales. He was picked for the Wales squad less than a year after his Cardiff Blues debut and made his Test debut as a replacement against the USA on that summer’s tour.

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In 2010 he ousted Williams from the openside berth at Test level and continued his strong form into the Six Nations. As Wales stepped up their Rugby World Cup preparations he came to the fore, captaining his country for the first time in a loss to the Barbarians in Cardiff before taking the armband in back-to-back Tests against England. The second, a 19-9 win at the Millennium Stadium, saw Warburton named Man of the Match.

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He captained Wales at the 2011 World Cup, the youngest player to do so, and was a key figure in their outstanding run to the semi-finals. However, Warburton saw his tournament end on a sour note with a red card in the 17th minute of their defeat to France for a dangerous tackle on Vincent Clerc and missed the third-place play-off.

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He returned to lead Wales against the Wallabies in an-end-of-year international at the Millennium Stadium and was named the Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year.

He struggled with injury throughout the 2012 Six Nations campaign but was still a key figure in their run to an historic Grand Slam which was clinched with victory over France in Cardiff. The hangover from a superb 12 months hit home as Wales lost a string of matches and Warburton found himself struggling to hold his place. He was sidelined with injury and when he returned it was not as captain although it was as Wales clinched the Six Nations with a run of four wins.

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His year then improved further still as Warren Gatland named him captain for the Lions tour to Australia and in doing so he became the first Welsh Lions captain since Phil Bennett in 1977. Warburton made a slow start to the tour but hit form in time for the Tests with Australia, impressing in particular in the second test.

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However injury ruled him out of the final Test in Sydney as the Lions wrapped up a 2-1 series victory with the Welshman becoming the first tour captain to taste victory since Martin Johnson in 1997.

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Sam Warburton Six Nations 2017

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Sam Warburton Six Nations 2017

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Sam Warburton Six Nations 2017

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Sam Warburton Six Nations 2017

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Rory Best – captain of Ireland Rugby XV Six Nations 2017

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Rory Best - captain of Ireland Rugby XV Six Nations

Full name Rory Best
Date of birth 15 August 1982
Place of birth Craigavon, Northern Ireland
Height 1.8 m
Weight 110 kg

Rory Best is an Irish rugby union international rugby player. He plays at the position of hooker for Ulster, and captain of Ireland.

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Rory Best - captain of Ireland Rugby XV Six Nations

Best made his international debut for Ireland as a replacement against the All Blacks at Lansdowne Road in November 2005 and made his first start against the Springboks in 2006.

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Rory Best - captain of Ireland Rugby XV Six Nations

Best was promoted to skipper Ulster during the 2007-08 season, and was selected for Ireland’s 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. He played three matches during the tournament as Ireland crashed out at the group stages.

Best’s international career was partly spent scrapping with Jerry Flannery of Munster for the Ireland jersey, a trend that continued through to the 2008 autumn internationals as Best started against New Zealand, and Flannery against Argentina.

In 2009 Best played second fiddle to Flannery as Ireland won a Grand Slam, starting one Test against Scotland and appearing from the bench in the others. After captaining two Tests against Canada and the USA in 2009, during the Lions tour, Best was ruled out following neck surgery.

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Rory Best - captain of Ireland Rugby XV Six Nations

He made a surprise return to training with Ulster in early 2010 and was subsequently included in the extended Ireland squad for the Six Nations. He made a second Rugby World Cup in 2011 – this time as first-choice – and stepped up to captain his country again in the following Six Nations due to an injury to Paul O’Connell.

Best continued to hold down the Ireland No.2 shirt through 2012 and the beginning of 2013 as he laid down a strong case to be selected for the Lions’ tour to Australia.

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Rory Best - captain of Ireland Rugby XV Six Nations

Rory equalled Keith Wood’s record of most capped Irish hooker (58) against Scotland during the 2012 Six Nations when he also captained the team

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Rory Best - captain of Ireland Rugby XV Six Nations

In January 2016, Best was named as the new Ireland captain for the 2016 Six Nations Championship.

On November 26th 2016, Best became Ireland’s 5th centurion, gaining his 100th cap in a test match vs Australia in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Rory Best - captain of Ireland Rugby XV Six Nations

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Rory Best - captain of Ireland Rugby XV Six Nations

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Dylan Hartley – captain of England Rugby XV Six Nations 2017

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Dylan Hartley - captain of England Rugby XV Six Nations

Full name Dylan Michael Hartley
Date of birth 24 March 1986
Place of birth Rotorua, New Zealand
Height 1.85 m
Weight 110 kg

Hartley was named captain of England in January 2016, prior to the 2016 Six Nations. Hartley captained England to the Grand Slam in 2016.

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Dylan Hartley - captain of England Rugby XV Six Nations

Dylan Hartley has called on England to finish the Six Nations job against Ireland and then take aim at rugby’s No 1 ranking.

Eddie Jones’ side beat Scotland 61-21 on Saturday to secure the title and equal New Zealand’s record of 18 consecutive Test wins..

Victory in Dublin on Saturday would mean the outright record and a second straight Grand Slam, but captain Hartley says England’s ambitions extend way beyond next weekend.

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Dylan Hartley - captain of England Rugby XV Six Nations

Hartley has become infamous for acts of indiscipline.

In April 2007 Hartley was banned for 26 weeks for making contact with the eye of Wasps forwards James Haskell and Jonny O’Connor.

He was banned again in March 2012 for 8 weeks for biting Ireland forward Stephen Ferris in a Six Nations match.

Then in December 2012 he was banned for two weeks for punching Ulster hooker Rory Best in a Heineken Cup match.

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Dylan Hartley - captain of England Rugby XV Six Nations

In May 2013 Hartley was sent off in the Aviva Premiership final against Leicester and banned for 11 weeks after being found guilty of verbally abusing a match official.This act cost Hartley his place in the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

In December 2014, Hartley was banned for three weeks for an elbowing offence in the match against Leicester Tigers. His elbow made contact with the nose of winger Matt Smith.

Rugby ragby Bratislava Slovakia Dylan Hartley - captain of England Rugby XV Six Nations

In May 2015, Hartley was found guilty of making contact with the head of opposite number Jamie George in the semi-final English premiership loss to Saracens at Franklin’s Gardens. He was found guilty by the citing commissioner and banned for four weeks, putting his England Rugby World Cup 2015 selection in jeopardy, as he would be unavailable for the first week of the tournament.

On 29 May 2015 Stuart Lancaster (England Coach) confirmed that Hartley would be dropped from the England training squad, he was replaced by the receiver of his headbutt, Saracen’s Jamie George.

Despite his disciplinary record, in 2016 new England coach Eddie Jones named Hartley as England captain, believing that his experience as Northampton captain, his passionate and aggressive approach to the game, gave him the qualities to lead the England team.

In December 2016, he was banned for 6 weeks having caught Leinster Rugby player Sean O’Brien with a swinging arm to the back of the head in a European Champions’ Cup game.

In total, Hartley has accumulated 60 weeks of bans since 2011.

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Six Nations 2017 Highlights

Six Nations 2017 England Ireland Wales Italy Italia France Scotland

Six Nations 2017 England Ireland Wales Italy Italia France Scotland

Six Nations 2017 England Ireland Wales Italy Italia France Scotland

Round 1

Scotland 27 – 22 Ireland

England 19 – 16 France

Italy 7 – 33 Wales

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Round 2

Italy 10 – 63 Ireland

Wales 16 – 21 England

France 22 – 16 Scotland

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Round 3

Scotland 29 – 13 Wales

Ireland 19 – 9 France

England 36 – 15 Italy

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Round 4

Wales 22 – 9 Ireland

Italy 18 – 40 France

England 61 – 21 Scotland

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Round 5

Scotland 29 – 0 Italy

France 20 – 18 Wales

Ireland 13 – 9 England

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Greig Laidlaw – captain of Scotland

Full name Greig David Laidlaw
Date of birth 12 October 1985 (age 31)
Height 1.75 m
Weight 80 kg

Greig David Laidlaw, a nephew of Scotland’s legendary scrum half, Roy Laidlaw, has made the most appearances as Scotland captain, equalling David Sole’s record (25) on the same day he marked a half century of appearances for his country – a feat he surpassed in the last game of the 2016 RBS 6 Nations championship.

Laidlaw is also third on Scotland’s all-time points list, overtaking Dan Parks’ haul of 266 and Andy Irvine’s 273 with a 14-point contribution to Scotland’s 41-31 win against Argentina in the opening viagogo Autumn Test of 2014.

It was in the year leading up the competition – starting 12 of Scotland’s 14 Tests, coupled with his impreious performances throughout the Rugby World Cup 2015 – that Laidlaw also earned recognition with nomination for World Rugby’s Player of the Year award.

Leading by example, he bowed out of the RWC in the quarter-finals as the leading point-scorer with 79, 26 of them – including a crucial late try – coming in the 36-33 win over Samoa that booked his side’s place in the last eight.

Laidlaw’s metronomic kicking continued the following year, in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations, and saw him finish as second-top point’s scorer; his man-of-the-match winning contribution of 19 helping him on the way to a championship total of 62, that saw him pass the 500 point mark in the last game against Ireland.

Breakthrough:
Laidlaw won his first cap for Scotland as a replacement for his injured Edinburgh team-mate, Mike Blair, in the opening Autumn Test against New Zealand at BT Murrayfield in November 2010.

He marked his first start for Scotland with a try, conversion and two penalties in the 13-27 loss to Wales at the Millennium Stadium in February 2012. In the historic 9-6 victory over Australia in New South Wales in 2012, he kicked all Scotland’s points.

His injury-time conversion ensured victory over Samoa and a three-from-three clean sweep over the southern hemisphere nations on that summer’s tour.

On the 2013 summer tour Laidlaw became Scotland’s 113th Test match captain, replacing the injured Kelly Brown for the Tests against South Africa and Italy. Against the latter his injury time conversion of Alasdair Strokosch’s try ensured a winning end to the season.

Guilhem Guirado – captain of the French team Six Nations 2017

Full name Guilhem Guirado
Born June 17, 1986, Ceret
Current age 30 years 224 days
Major teams Perpignan, Toulon, France
Position Hooker
Height 1.83 m
Weight 105 kg

In 2016, Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado has been named the new captain of France by coach Guy Noves.

Noves took charge of the team after the French were thrashed 62-13 in the 2015 World Cup quarter finals by eventual tournament winners New Zealand.

Career

Guirado first appeared on the professional scene when playing for Perpignan from 2005, joining from amateur junior side Arles-sur-Tech.

In 2006, he was selected to play for the French U21 side in the 2006 Under 21 Rugby World Championship. He played in all matches, including the grand final against South Africa. France went into the match 24–13 at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin.

Three years later, he helped his club side Perpignan secure a 7th Top 14 title during in the 2008–09 Top 14 season, beating Clermont 22–13. He was also part of the Perpignan side that came second the following year, losing to their previous opponent Clermont 19–6.

His form during 2008–09 season, saw him selected for the French national side for the 2008 Six Nations Championship. He earned his first cap off the bench in the closing week of the tournament against Italy on 9 March 2008. On this occasion, Les Blues were victories 25–13. It wasn’t until his sixth cap that Guirado earned his first starts. Starting at Hooker against Fiji during the 2010 end-of-year rugby union internationals. He was part of the French side the came runners-up to the All Blacks in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, though he only played in one game – against Canada on 18 September.

After the 2013–14 Top 14 season, he joined Toulon, who were both European and French Champions, after Perpignan failed to stay in top league. He had already came first choice Hooker at international level, having started in every test against Australia during France’s Test series to Australia in 2014. He earned his first appearance for Toulon against Bayonne, with Toulon winning 29–15.

 

Sergio Parisse – captain of Italy Six Nations 2017

Full name Sergio Matteo Parisse
Born September 12, 1983, La Plata
Current age 33 years 133 days
Major teams Barbarians, Stade Français, Italy
Position No. 8
Height 1.96 m
Weight 112 kg

Len málo súčasných hráčov je vo všeobecnosti uznávaných a ospevovaných, ako je Sergio Parisse. Zriedkakedy nájdete zlé slovo o magickom talianskom kapitánovi v športových médiách, skôr počujete o jeho udivujúcich manipulačných schopnostiach, výkonnom atletickom úsilí a o nevypŕchajúcom odhodlaní, ktoré spestrujú výkony Azzurri rok za rokom.

Jeho rodičia sú Taliani ale narodil sa v Argentíne, kde jeho otec, tiež Sergio, pracoval. Sergio senior hral pre L’Aquila klub a Sergio junior začínal pre La Platu. Neskôr sa ako tínedžer presunul za svojimi talianskymi koreňmi do Trevisa. 3 mesiace mu chýbali do 19, keď taliansky tréner John Kirwan ho v júni 2002 pridal ako posilu do národného tímu.

Tri roky neskôr, zapísali tento veľký talent do klubu Stade Francais. Počas nasledujúceho desaťročia dozrel pre klub i svoju krajinu. “Vyzerá to ako keby sa zlepšoval každou hrou, keď hrá pre Taliansko”, povedal bývalý hráč za Anglicko Tom Palmer. “Vždy naplní očakávania.”

Keď mal 24 rokov, Parisse mal za sebou 50 reprezentačných zápasov a kapitánstvo talianskeho tímu, pričom prebral prvenstvo Marcovi Bortolamimu. V súčasnosti je hráčom, ktorý najviac hral v reprezentačnom tíme a 8 najhranejším hráčom v reprezentácii vo svetovom rugby. Parisse predbehol aj Nathana Sharpa a Fabiena Pelous, pričom sa pridal ku Jasonovi Leonardovi (199 hraní v reprezentácii).

Jeho povesť bola slabo poškvrnená v roku 2009, keď dostal zákaz hrať na 8 týždňov za to, že takmer vypichol oko protihráčovi. Napriek tomu, pozitíva prevyšujú negatíva pre hráča, ktorý bol nominovaný dvakrát na cenu svetového hráča rugby roka – v 2008 a 2013.

Silný v obrane, spoľahlivý v lineoute a bezproblémový pri touch finder a drop goali, je najznámejší pre jeho svižné a devastujúce zrážky so súperom. Bol kapitánom Barbarov a klubu Stade Francais, pričom ich viedol do Top 14 klubov vo Francúzsku minulý rok.

Jeho úspechy sú o to viac obdivuhodné, keďže ich dokázal v trápiacom sa národnom time, ktorý prehral 80 z jeho 112 zápasov doteraz; horšie je na tom len Bortolami s 81 prehrami.

Napriek 33 rokom, Parisse má nenahraditeľné miesto v srdci talianskeho tímu.

Few current players are as universally admired and lauded as Sergio Parisse. Rarely is a bad word written or spoken about Italy’s talismanic captain in the sporting media as his astonishing handling skills, powerful athleticism and undying determination light up the Azzurri’s performances year after year.

His parents are Italian but he was born in Argentina while his father, also Sergio, worked there. Sergio senior had played for L’Aquila and Sergio junior started out with La Plata, before transplanting his Italian roots to Treviso in his late teens. He was still three months short of his 19th birthday when Italy coach John Kirwan handed him his first Test cap in June 2002.

Three years later the all-round talent of this 6ft 5in back-rower prompted Stade Francais to sign him and he has blossomed for club and country in the decade since. “It seems as though he raises his game every time he plays for Italy,” said ex-England lock Tom Palmer. “He delivers every time.”

By the age of 24, Parisse had 50 caps and the Italian captaincy to his name, having taken over the helm from Marco Bortolami. He is now Italy’s most-capped player and the eighth most-capped forward in world rugby. Parisse has surpassed Nathan Sharpe and Fabien Pelous to join Jason Leonard on 119 caps.

A rare blemish on his record came in 2009 when he was banned for eight weeks for gouging, but the positives far outweigh the negatives for a player who has twice been shortlisted for the World Rugby Player of the Year Award – in 2008 and 2013.

Strong in defence, reliable in the lineout and not adverse to launching the odd touch-finder or drop-goal, he is best known for his deft and devastating offloads. He has captained the Barbarians and Stade Francais, leading them to France’s Top 14 title last year.

His achievements are all the more remarkable because he has made his name in a struggling national side, having lost 80 of his 112 Tests to date, with only Bortolami faring worse with 81 defeats.

Although 33, Parisse remains an irreplaceable presence in the heart of the Italy team.