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Just three more days.
The Six Nations gets underway this weekend with Wales and Scotland kicking things off at the Principality on Saturday. Ireland travel to Paris to take on France the same day, while Italy welcome holders England on Sunday.
According to Eddie Jones, England haven’t a “hope” of winning this year’s tournament because of their injury problems. But the bookies don’t seem to agree with him, with his side favourites to win an unprecedented third title in-a-row.
As for everyone else, it seems it’s a genuine toss-up between the holders England and Joe Schmidt’s Ireland, with Scotland potentially set to be Grand Slam party-poopers.
Here’s what the rugby world thinks
The former England, Harlequins & Lions winger is backing England to retain their title.
Will Greenwoood: The World Cup-winning centre told SportsJoe that Ireland could claim the title, despite predicting they will lose to England in Twickenham.
Shane Williams, Wales Online: “They [England] have played some great rugby under Jones over the last couple of seasons and for me are the side to beat again.”
Robert Kitson, The Guardian: The Englishman reckons Ireland will finish ahead of England, with Scotland in third.
Tom Hamilton, ESPN: He’s reckons England will sneak a Grand Slam on the final day over Ireland.
Pat McCarry, SportsJoe: The Irishman has gone for England to win, with Ireland second.
Jason Hennessy, RugbyLAD: With this year’s schedule, and the injuries to England and France, I think Ireland have no excuses and should expect to win.
4-3 to England. It’s going to be a close one. Roll on Saturday.