Wednesday 26 April 2017

Sinead Kissane: From bonus points to live TV coverage for women, what the Six Nations did next...

Unpredictability levels have been ramped up even more going into this year's championship

Battered and bruised - England head coach Eddie Jones. Photo: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters
Battered and bruised - England head coach Eddie Jones. Photo: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters
Sinead Kissane

Sinead Kissane

When Eddie Jones showed up at the Six Nations launch in London this week, it was like looking at the two faces of rugby. The England boss arrived at the media day after, apparently, falling over in his bathroom that morning. A makeshift bandage covered the cut on his face but the damage had spread to his eye. When he sat down in front of me for an interview, one of his eyes was clear and animated while his other eye was bruised, bloodied and looked like it was going to get worse before it got better. Jones, though, didn't seem to care how he looked.

Welcome to the Six Nations.

Not everyone can freewheel like Jones. The caretakers of rugby's oldest championship were obviously concerned about its appearance which is why the 2017 edition has been updated with the trialling of the bonus-point system.

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