The final round of the Six Nations takes place this weekend, as the longest competition in the history of the event finally comes to a close. It’s set to be a nail-biting final round of games, with three teams still in the hunt for the Six Nations crown.
France vs Ireland
The game with all the championship implications resting on it is France vs Ireland. Ireland will go into the weekend knowing that their own fate is resting on their performance. If they achieve a bonus-point win against France, then there will be no stopping the Irish from winning the title. However, a win without the bonus point will likely see the title decided by points difference, as England are heavily expected to beat Italy by a big margin.
France also go into this game with championship hopes of their own, but their chances of snatching the title have more of a question surrounding them. The very least that they need to do is beat Ireland and then better the result than England achieved against Italy. If the margin is the same then it will go down to the points difference, which England currently lead by two.
This should be a nervy match in Paris, as neither side will want to give much away in the early stages of the game. Ireland have won just 12 of the 47 games played in France, but they did win on their last visit back in February 2018. Therefore, we expect the Irish to win the game by a narrow scoreline, which should still be enough to win the Six Nations title.
Italy vs England
There will be a lot of attention on the England game, which kicks off before Ireland start in France. England will be able to take the mental advantage in the race for the championship by beating an Italian side that already has a points disadvantage of -105.
There isn’t much question that England are going to win this game, and the biggest issue will come down to the number of points that they win by. Italy have never beaten England in 26 attempts, with England having scored over 1,000 points.
England won the last meeting between the sides by 37 points last year, and we expect more of the same in this game at the Stadio Olimpico. However, it will be a nervy wait for England to see if it is enough.
Wales vs Scotland
The first game on the final weekend of Six Nations action has the smallest to play for, with Wales and Scotland already out of contention to win the championship. Wales’ defeats against France, Ireland and England have cost them in the Six Nations this year, and they have been unable to build on their fourth-place finish from the World Cup.
Scotland haven’t fared much better, but they have won one more match and could finish above Wales in the standings this season if they avoid defeat. Scotland have beaten Italy and France in the Six Nations this term, and could still finish on a high note with a win against Wales. Wales have won the last three, and haven’t lost to Scotland in Cardiff since 2002. Therefore, we expect Wales to end on a high note.