The 6 nation’s returns this weekend, and it will prove to be a decisive round in the hunt for the title.
Table toppers England head to Dublin on Sunday for what is being billed as the decisive game in this year’s tournament. Wales meanwhile, travel to Paris on Saturday to face France and regular wooden spoon contenders Scotland host Italy.
Decider in Dublin
England will be looking to continue their free flowing style of Rugby against pre-tournament favourites on Sunday afternoon. England who have suffered with lots of injuries before and during this campaign have shown real strength in depth as the replacements who were called upon to perform have done so, in particular the back line. The stand out performers of the England side this tournament have been the Bath trio George Ford, Jonathan Joseph and our player of the tournament, so far, Anthony Watson. Ireland have been impressive so far this year with comfortable victories in their first 2 games, however they have yet to achieve full gear. It’s gearing up to be a huge clash!
Our prediction: England to win by 3 points
France V Wales
France and Wales will be going head to head in Paris with their hopes of winning the 6 nations relying on results elsewhere to go in their favour. Whoever loses this game will be out of the running! France are going to be without key player Pascal Pape after being banned for kneeing Irelands Jamie Heaslip. Whilst scrum-half Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Romaine Taofifenua are back in the squad. Wales will welcome back George North into their squad after missing the Scotland game with concussion. This one is a close call but with Home advantage -
Our prediction: France win by 6 points
Scotland V Italy
Although both teams have no chance of winning this year’s competition this will still be a fiercely competed match as neither team wants to finish bottom of the pile. Scotland will go into this game as slight favourites however, Sergio Parisses’ Italy team will want to put on a strong display. Scotland’s controversial defeat last time around to Wales, where they were denied the chance to score in a final play will still be on the minds of the team and they will want to make sure they get enough points on the board to avoid any chance of this happening again.
Our prediction: Scotland win by 15 points
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