RBS Six Nations 2011: Final Table Predictions

It’s always quite hard to predict how the final RBS Six Nations table will look, but that doesn’t stop us giving it a go.

What are your thoughts? Italy for the Wooden Spoon, or are there other candidates? Some people are saying it’s the most open tournament for years and that anyone could win it…

Here’s my stab at predicting the final table at the end of March.
RBS Six Nations Trophy
1. England
2. Ireland
3. France
4. Scotland
5. Wales
6. Italy

Let me know what you think, and enter your prediction in the comments below. If anyone gets it spot on, we’ll try and sort out a prize.

24 thoughts on “RBS Six Nations 2011: Final Table Predictions

  1. I predict a similar-looking table, but with Ireland demoted to 5th and Fra / Scot / Wales shifted up a place.

    England
    France
    Scotland
    Wales
    Ireland
    Italy

    I think this is one of the most open championships for years though. Wales and Ireland have quality teams on paper but seem to be lacking confidence. England and France have put out some good performances recently, interspersed with very average games. And Italy will always produce an upset somewhere, and seem to slowly be improving and closing the gap on the next tier of International teams.

  2. Oh and Scotland seem to be composing a team around its back row and half-backs. At Murrayfield (especially in the rain) they could beat any of the other teams in the championship.

  3. Ireland
    England
    France
    Scotland
    Wales
    Italy

    I think it’s going to come down to points difference, so that’s quite delicately balanced – Ireland tend not to be the biggest points scorers which is a worry, but I reckon they’ll beat England at home, and England will beat France, which throws it all open.
    Ireland have a lot of injuries and yet Saturday’s team still looks very solid – I think the slump is ending at the right time – the Irish love being underdogs.
    The game I’m most worried about is the trip to Murrayfield.

  4. I’m going for

    England
    Scotland
    France
    Ireland
    Wales
    Italy

    The Scots are looking good at the moment. The French backs are a mess. I support Wales but they are playing Hook out of position and are missing a front row. The Irish team are all getting a little too old. If the English manage to perform and don’t use their bizarrely slow Subs Bench they could even get the Grand Slam. As for the Italians. It is not their time yet.

  5. I will reserve judgement till after the weekend! I think that the first games are probably the most important of the competition and will set the tone. On paper Ire, Eng and Fra should all win but an upset in any of those games throws the whole thing open, imagine if they all lost, wow, then we’d have a tournament on our hands!

  6. Ben why exactly should England win? Given that they haven’t won in Cardiff in 9 years are you basing this on “the longer it hasn’t rained the more likely rain is” theory? I’d hardly call Wales beating England in Cardiff an upset ;)

  7. Ashley, Eng “should” win by virtue of the fact that they are ranked 4th and Wales 9th they “should” win because they have performed better than them in the last 12 months, domestically and internationally. Finally they “should” win because I believe on paper they have a better team. That said Cardiff does seem to be a bit of a bogey venue for us and so Wales definately have the edge pyschologically. It is definately the toughest to call of the 3 games but I believe Eng “should” win ;0)

  8. Ben – England are way off the finished article, they got dicked by SA in the autumn but managed to beat the Aussies. Wales lost by 4 points and 9 points to those teams respectively. Wales are missing a handful of players including both our first choice props but I still think England are going to have to play very well to win in Cardiff. If I was being objective and making the best team I could out of both teams I’d probably end up with 5 from England, 5 from Wales and 5 from either/or where there is no marked difference. It’s a lot closer than 4/7 that the bookies have you at to win and I stand by my statement that Wales beating England in Cardiff would not be an upset ;)

  9. Ashley, we could go round in circles here for ever ;)

    Wales could easily win the game but I think Eng should win. I never said it would be an upset if Wales won just that it is not the most likely outcome, all things being considered.

  10. Certain Irish players are getting old – O’Driscoll, Wallace, O’Connell….but if you look at the team at the weekend, it’s full of relatively young but experinced players – Sexton, Healy, O’Brien, McFadden, Earls, Fitzgerald, etc. If I wanted to be clich├ęd I’d say we’ve blended innoncence and experience….it’s O’Driscoll’s last 6 Nations – he’ll want to go out with a bang. And he can still get that team going.

  11. I tend to agree with Hugh about Ireland, and that youngster list excludes injured regulars like Heaslip and Ferris.

    I don’t think we’ll learn much from the game with Italy, but Ireland v France in week 2 is the pick of the fixtures.

  12. Ireland seem to being written off by all the pundits – and even some Irishman! I for one am enthused! Yes we have injuries, but we have form players like Sean O’Brien and Fergus McFadden getting valuable international experience against Italy in Rome (not an easy place to go). We’ve finally picked the in form Irish tighthead in Mike Ross. Plus, we’re holding back a lot of our big guns (Heaslip, Ferris and potentially Bowe) for the France game…

  13. England
    France
    Ireland
    Wales
    Scotland
    Italy

    I think that people may be being a little optimistic about Scotland. They might be able to pull a mugging at Murrayfield if it rains but otherwise i dont think there team is that great. The Irish team looks a little tired although they are missing some players, but isnt every team. The Wales team looks a little in disoray, no front row, playing hook at 15. Italy for the wooden spoon.And you can never know with France, it just depends which team turns up on the day.

  14. Comes down to who wins on friday night i think; if Wales win, theyl finish mid table but i dont see them winning in Paris or Murrayfield – certainly not both!
    If England win, then they could set up for a grand slam. However, Ireland in the last game could see England win the championship but Ireland deny them a grand slam.
    Irish grand slam v unlikely with scotland away.
    Points difference critical.

    So:
    England/Ireland
    Scotland
    Wales
    France
    Italy

    No-one seems to think that France could implode even with a poor autumn. Admittedly it would be a shock for them in 5th, but if they have their morale shattered by a sketchy win over Scotland in Paris then get beat in Dublin, suddenly they will have to watch out for Italy… as should Ireland and Wales come to think of it!

  15. Agree with Hutch, Hugh and John.
    Ireland are NOT an ageing force. People have said it every year, so that now when its not true people declare it still is true. They have a solid team of experienced veterans in BOD, Wallace and ROG who can turn games on their head, backed by the new blood of rising stars like Ferris, Earls, Heaslip, Bowe, Fitz, Sexton etc.
    And men like O’Connel arent ancient! Look at Shaw, Shane, Tintin etc – playing great rugby, and are older than many irish veterans!
    Irish old-age-ism is because the players have been in the team for years and years – so even though theyre not really old, to many it feels like they should be!

  16. 1st Ireland 8pts
    2nd Scotland 8pts
    3rd France 6pts
    4th England 6pts
    5th Wales 2pts
    and Italy will retain the wooden spoon 0pts

    Scotland may well take the triple crown north of Hadrians wall this year, but ireland will take the main event.

    Murryfield round 3 will have huge implications for both teams Ireland a grand slam and Scotland a triple crown or even a championship should Ireland slip against france.

    I know Scotland will struggle to score tries but i dont think they need them against Wales which would give them 2 from 4 heading into the ireland game.

    Could well be four from six heading to twickenam with italy their final game what more encouragement would they need to put on a show against england.

    oooh and could Italy take wales in rome to leave the welsh at the bottom, endless posabilities wide open championship. sure we’ll see soon enough.

  17. England
    Ireland
    France
    Scotland
    Italy
    Wales

    Ireland have too good a team not to win a few games and have England and France at home.
    Scotland looking good at the moment and may hit a disorganised French team with an away win this weekend.
    Wales below Italy as they are reasonably strong at home and it would be funny for the Welsh and Gatland in particular to get the famous “Wooden Spoon”.

  18. Mug’s game this, genuinely no idea how it’s going to pan out, particularly with a team like Wales who, if they win on Saturday could challenge for the title, but if they lose are more likely to ge a Wooden Spoon. And France. Obviously. But here goes:

    England 8 pts (lose to Ireland)
    Ireland 8 pts (lose to Wales)
    France 6 pts (lose to Eng and Ire)
    Scotland 4 pts (beat Wales and Italy)
    Wales 2 pts (beat Ireland)
    Italy 2 pts (beat Wales)

    So Wales to end Ireland’s Grand Slam bid in round 4 but Ireland will beat England in the last game to deny them a Grand Slam and bring it down to points difference.

    I fully expect this to be proved total nonsense.

  19. England seem pretty fired up and I expect them to win the series, though probably not a Slam.
    Given that hardly any Scottish people play Rugby it’s remarkable that they ever beat anyone at all, including Italy who have a better range of players to chose from.
    Italy…never quite happens, but who’s to say that they won’t start to come right this year – one or other of the Southern hemispehere sides (Australia was it? ) toiled a bit to beat Italy in the Autumn series.
    France? If they lose on Saturday – and I’d think it pretty unlikley -then Scotland will be pretty fired up, but France will be ferocious for the rest of the tourament, which wouild make for interesting games. Possibly Ansbro is what’s needed to make Scotland worthwhile. Wales….depends on what happens tonight – could be the start of a great series or the beginning of a disaster.
    Ireland…..I don’t buy the ‘ageing side’ stuff and expect them to be really worth watching.

  20. Just an ignorant American opinion, however:

    France
    Ireland
    England
    Scotland
    Wales
    Italy

    I’m hoping for Ireland to win it, and Italy to finish somewhere other than last.

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