By Jonathan Davies
2015 - the year of Rugby in the UK
Former England full-back Tim Stimpson and former Wales flanker Alix Popham have both tipped Wales to beat England in the Six Nations opener on Friday.
In a Twitter chat with Fresh Business Thinking on leadership in business and sport, the topic of conversation inevitably turned to Friday's clash at the Millennium Stadium.
When asked for their predictions, both men said they think Wales will run out victorious. Although Tim may have had an ulterior motive.
"Wales by 14! Let's load pressure on the Reds - inspirational England nothing to lose - can score from anywhere!" he said.
For Popham though, it much more straight forward - a simple "Wales 19 - 12 England" with a quick apology to Tim.
It appears neither men expect anything near the 30-3 drubbing Wales handed England two years ago when the sides last met in Cardiff.
Sticking with the Six Nations, Popham and Stimpson were asked about the who they thought were the Six Nations' best leaders. First, Wales captain Sam Warburton or his England counterpart Chris Robshaw?
Popham said: "Based on leading success I'd say Warburton for the 2 #SixNations and Lions wins"
But Stimpson was much more democratic: "whoever gets the most from his team by leading by example to remove any 'fear of failure' from others...yes Warburton's 50th Cap - brilliant player and role model - but Robshaw has smashed his doubters too!"
The former Wales flanker tipped Ireland's Joe Schmidt as the head coach "to watch" in this Six Nations. But Stimpson said it was between Gatland and Lancaster for the 'best leader': "I like both coaches, bright lads that manage players brilliantly - judge them after World Cup?"
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