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Six Nations Preview: Round Four

March 11, 2023

The penultimate weekend of this year’s Six Nations is upon us, and it could well be the most crucial weekend of the competition, with the wooden spoon and title winners likely to be settled.

Italy v Wales

First up is the wooden spoon decider in Rome. Wales are in chaos at the moment, and Warren Gatland has rolled the dice with his team selection this weekend in a desperate attempt to shake things up. On the other hand, Italy have put out a settled side and are close to full strength, but for a few injuries. Italy have been impressive so far in the Six Nations, and this game is one they will have targeted for a win. It’s a win these deserve and will get.

Verdict: Italy

England v France

Le Crunch is up next on Saturday evening. France have been disappointing thus far in the competition and face an English side growing in confidence. Steve Borthwick shocked many by dropping Owen Farrell, which suggests we will see a more expansive gameplan from England. The French, for their part, despite being poor, have been entertaining, with all three games so far being 50+ point affairs. We’re going to see a cracker of a game here, with the home crowd getting the English chariot over the line.

Verdict: England

Scotland v Ireland

Ireland travel to fortress Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon, looking to secure the championship. A bonus point win against the Scots would put them out of reach of the chasing pack, and they will fancy themselves to do so. They’ve secured a bonus point win in all their games to date. Johnny Sexton said during the week that this is the best Scottish team he has ever faced, and he’s undoubtedly correct. Scotland have no obvious weakness and have shown they’re a match for any side. Ireland welcome back Furlong, Sheehan, Ringrose and Henshaw after an underwhelming performance in Rome. This will likely be a humdinger, and the Scots will show up and make it a proper contest.

Verdict: Ireland by less than 7 or a narrow Scotland win