France: the 2010 Six Nations Grand Slam winners
The 2011 RBS Six Nations is now just days away! So, who do you think will win?
Maybe you think it will be England after they claimed Australia’s scalp twice last year, but then again, they didn’t look up to much against the Boks in their most recent outing?
France are always likely to be in contention, but with Marc Lievremont’s selection policy, all he is achieving is giving substance to the ‘you never know which French team will turn up’ cliche.
Can Ireland win it again? They played some of the best rugby of the Autumn against New Zealand, and they have France and England at home. But maybe you buy into the idea that some of their key players are past their best?
How about Italy? Some reasonable performances recently, and they’ve come close to a major scalp in recent years – but surely it’s still too soon for them to be realistic contenders?
Scotland are now the highest-ranked Celtic nation, and maybe they do have a better chance than Wales and Ireland. A good start against France and you never know.
Wales are having an injury nightmare in the build-up to the tournament, but they still have some fine players in the backs. Mixed performances in the autumn are not a great indicator, but as everyone knows, anything can happen in the Six Nations!
Cast your vote below, and then leave a comment underneath if you wish to justify your decision – we like a bit of debate on The Rugby Blog so let us know what you think. Selected comments will appear in The Rugby Paper on Sunday morning.