Six Nations Predictions & Tips

Dave Kuzio:
Six Nations - France v Ireland

The rescheduled Six nations tournament comes to an end this weekend with England, Ireland and France all still capable of winning the tournament. Who will be crowned champions? Get’s best tips for the upcoming games.

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Six Nations Predictions & Tips: Italy v England (Saturday 16:45 GMT)

England’s chances of winning the Six Nations tournament are quite high, but once their game is over, they will have to pray the France versus Ireland game falls their way.

Eddie Jones’ men have to beat Italy with a bonus point and then hope France defeat Ireland without claiming a bonus point.

I don’t think England will have a problem in scoring the four tries needed to secure the bonus point. Normally they would rely on the kicking of Owen Farrell to see them home, but seeing as they need to score tries, they will probably throw the ball around a bit more.

England are currently second on the league ladder with three wins from four matches and they are just one point behind Ireland – and that is why they need them to lose against France.

It is no surprise that Italy are propping up the Six Nation table. Since being included in the tournament, Italy have claimed the wooden spoon 14 times in 20 tournaments, and they will make it 15 this year having yet won a game in 2020.

England know they need to score tries and cannot rely on kicking penalties to win the 2020 title. If they fail to get the needed scores by pounding up the middle, they will change their plan to throwing the ball around and they will find a lot of success on the edges.

The Red Rose will be firmly focused on the final outcome, so I am backing them to win this one by 26-30 points to put one hand on the trophy.

Six Nations Predictions & Tips: France v Ireland (Saturday 20:05 GMT)

All eyes will be on this game as France and Ireland battle it out in the final game of the longest ever Six Nations tournament, with both teams still able to win the title.

Ireland defeated Italy last weekend to ensure they head into Saturday’s clash with France knowing that a bonus point win in Paris would see them finish top.

Even if they fail to score the four tries needed to claim the bonus point, they will still probably win the trophy because of a superior points difference.

Ireland have lost just one game this year, they were turned over by England in week three back in February as they went down 24-12 at Twickenham.

They might have had to wait eight months, but they bounced back with a seven-try demolition over Italy as Hugo Keenan scored twice, while CJ Stander, Will Connors, Jonathan Sexton, Bundee Aki and Dave Heffernan also crossed the line in a 50-17 success.

France have the same record as Ireland and England, and they know they need to do two things to be crowned champions. The first one is scoring four tries to claim a bonus point win, while the second one is bettering England’s result.

England have a two-point advantage in terms of points difference, so France would have to have a margin of three or more better than England’s.

France come into this game on the back of a solid performance as they scored five tries in a 38-21 victory over Wales in a friendly. Antoine Dupont managed to cross over for two tries, while Cyril Baille, Charles Ollivon and Teddy Thomas also crossed over.

This is going to be a very entertaining contest, and I am backing France to win this one by 1-12 points. This will be a fierce battle, and as good as both these teams are I cannot see either of them scoring four tries.