5 things we learned from the 2021 Six Nations

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The 2021 Guinness Six Nations drew to a close with Scotland edging to a 27-23 victory over France by scoring a try with the clock four minutes into the red.

The game took place almost a week after the tournament should have finished and confirmed Wales’ title.

It was a Championship like no other after the coronavirus pandemic meant empty stadia and players and coaching teams living and working in bio-secure training bubbles.

Here, the PA news agency looks at five things we learned from this season’s competition.

Crowds cannot return soon enough

Wales v Ireland – Guinness Six Nations – Principality Stadium
Empty stands as Ireland warm-up ahead of their Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff (PA)

England at a crossroads on coaching front

England RFU Training – Twickenham Stadium
England head coach Eddie Jones’ future depends on the outcome of a Rugby Football Union review of his side’s dismal Six Nations showing (PA)

France building ominously towards home World Cup

France v Wales – Guinness Six Nations – Stade de France
Swan Rebbadj (left) and captain Charles Ollivon celebrate after France’s dramatic Six Nations win over Wales at Stade de France (PA)

Wales boss Wayne Pivac silences doubters

Wales v France – Guinness Six Nations – Principality Stadium
Head coach Wayne Pivac dramatically turned around Wales’ fortunes (PA)

Alun Wyn Jones must captain the Lions

Wales v Italy – Autumn Nations Cup – Parc y Scarlets
Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones (pictured centre) was in outstanding form for Wales (PA)

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