Six Nations famous ‘Super Saturday’ is upon us, with Ireland having already scooped the title with a round to spare – but there’s still plenty left to play for, as we have 4 sides in the running for a second place finish.
Take a look at our nation-by-nation breakdown of Saturday’s potential scenarios.
Ireland have bagged 19 points from 4 wins, including 3 bonus points. This is their first title since 2015 but it’s certainly not over yet as they travel to Twickenham this weekend to attempt a third grand slam win after their past 1948 and 2009 wins. Interestingly, last year Ireland were on the other side of this scenario with England attempting to claim a clean sweep in Dublin, only to lose their first match under Eddie Jones. With this in mind, England will certainly want to reverse this disappointment so Ireland have a tough competitive match on their hands and it should be quite a spectacle for everyone watching!
England currently stand with 10 points from 4 games, losing in Scotland and France. A further loss this Saturday would make it the first time they have ever been beaten 3 times in a row in the Six Nations since 2006. Should France and Scotland both win this weekend, England will finish in their worst position (5th) in the tournament since 1983. Winning against Ireland this Saturday could significantly alter their fate, pulling them up to a respectable second place though this also depends on the Wales vs France result.
Scotland have the chance to put in their best performance since the Five Nations became the Six Nations in 1999 as they travel to Rome to face Italy who will finish in a guaranteed last place for the 13th time in 19 Six Nations Tournaments. Standing at 8 points, should Scotland yield a high scoring match, they could finish in 3rd place, but a loss in Rome will place them just above their weekend opponents in 5th place.
Wales can perhaps allows themselves to go into their match quietly confident with their recent home record versus France standing at 4 wins out of the last 5 matches. The side sit 1 point above England and a bonus point victory would seal them a second place finish. However, a loss will make way for France to go above them and there is the opportunity for England and Scotland to do this too, leaving Wales to finish in a potential 5th place.
France will travel to Cardiff this weekend with 10 points and looking to win 3 successive Six Nation Wins for the first time since 2010 – their grand slam year. Post-2010 has not been fruitful for the side, having only finished in the top half of the table once – a win against Wales will reverse this, giving them the chance to play for second place. This said, their record in Cardiff leaves something to be desired, losing the last 4 out of 5 games.
Since joining the tournament in 1999, Italy’s lack of success in the Six Nations has been well documented and this year has yet again, not been a good year for the side. No predictions necessary when it comes to where they will finish in the tournament, as they are guaranteed to finish last no matter what the outcome of their match. However, they do have the opportunity to evade a pointless tournament this weekend against the Scots and their record against them is relatively good; 7/12 Six Nation victories against them.