Wales kick off round three of the Six Nations in a few hours’ time against France in Cardiff, looking to right a whole host of wrongs from their most recent outing, that crushing defeat in Dublin. France bring good form into the game having dispatched Italy and England from the Stade de France, but how will they fare on their travels? Can Wales take advantage of that typical French travelling malaise? Nathan Hyde doesn’t think so – he’s gone for France to win by 5. Read his full preview here.
Saturday’s opening game has the whiff of a wooden spoon decider about it. Neither Italy nor Scotland have won a game yet, but they enter this game in different places – Italy have looked sparky, against Wales especially, and have uncovered some talented youngsters in the likes of Michele Campagnaro and Tommaso Allan. Scotland, meanwhile, seem to marching squarely backwards after last year’s promising third place finish, with some bizarre selection decisions and poor execution of basic skills seeing them score just six points in two games so far. Can the Scots put a stop to their malaise, or will the Italians maintain Rome as a stronghold? Patrick Cheshire thinks the latter, picking Italy to win by 5. Read his full preview here.
The weekend rounds off with the small matter of England against Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday evening. The Irish have been sublime so far, and are searching for a Triple Crown, while Stuart Lancaster’s band of merry youngsters began to show what they are capable of in their win over Scotland, after a chastening last minute loss in France in the opening round. Intriguing match-ups abound in this one, with snarling Lions doing battle all over the pitch. Can England find a way of stopping the Irish rolling maul, such a weapon so far? Can their youngsters cut out the silly errors? Jamie Hosie thinks so – he’s picked England to win by 3. Read his full preview here.
How do you see the weekend unfolding?
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