Italians most likely to fill the Six Nations sin bin together with James Haskell
From an outside perspective, rugby may appear to be no holds barred—but there are acts that will get you yellow carded or sent off the pitch. When it comes to the Six Nations tournament, our research indicates that the Italians are most likely to overlook certain rules, while England’s James Haskell will be a repeat offender.
Since the Italians joined the 6 Nations tournament in 2000, they have managed to top the charts in both red and yellow cards. As of their first tournament, the Azzuri have accumulated 40 trips to the sin bin, with 3 players being sent off the pitch.
Their closest competitors for foul play are the Scottish, who have racked up 35 yellow cards, and 2 of their players being sent off the pitch.
Foul Free Frenchmen
Compared to the Italians, the French national team are practically angels. With the cleanest record of any team in the tournament, Les Bleus players have only been sent to the sin bin 15 times during their time in the Six Nations tournament.
However, it seems that playing by the rules does repress some anger that lashes out sooner or later. France is the only other nation besides Italy and Scotland to have had a player sent off the pitch. England, Wales, and Ireland have yet to see a red card during their Six Nation tenure.
James Haskell is this year’s foulest player
Even though England has managed to keep their noses clean when it comes to red cards, they do have the foulest player of this year’s tournament on their roster.
James Haskell has developed the longest rap sheet of any active tournament player, accumulated through his Six Nations appearances since 2007. With 4 trips to the sin bin, Haskell has spent 40 minutes paying for his actions—which is the same as missing a full half of gameplay.
Haskell’s closest foul player competitors have collectively spent the same amount of time to think on what they have done, with Ireland’s Rory Best and Wales’ Jonathan Davies being binned twice. But Haskell needs to keep his guard up when playing Scotland—their squad has two double offenders of their own, with Finn Russell and John Barclay.
Bookmaker’s thoughts on Bookings
Even though there are a few repeat offenders in this year’s tournament, bookmakers aren’t thinking the tournament will be full of fouls. Paddy Power, who are well known for their novelty sports bets, are indicating the tournament will have less than 16 yellow cards with odds of 8/11. However, they do expect to send at least one player off the pitch, with odds of evens that a red card will appear at the tournament.
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