Six Nations Permutations Ahead Of The Final Round Of Action
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And then there were three.
Just one round remains in this year’s Guinness Six Nations Championship – and three teams are still in with a chance of being crowned champions.
Up first on Saturday we’ve got a clash between France and Italy where just pride will be on line, with the Italians already resigned to yet another Wooden Spoon. But things could get very interesting in the other two fixtures.
Wales host Ireland in the middle fixture with Gatland’s men needing a win to secure an historic Grand Slam. But Ireland can spoil the party with a win of their own – and could secure a second successive championship if Scotland can do them a favour in the final ‘Super Saturday’ fixture.
A win for Scotland against England in Twickenham, or even a draw (without an England try-bonus) – coupled with any form of win for Ireland over Wales will see Joe Schmidt’s men retain their crown.
England meanwhile can also win the championship but they would need a favour from Ireland to do so. Eddie Jones’ men need a win over Scotland, coupled with an Irish win over Wales to be declared champions.
So in short here’s the three realistic scenarios (there are some other more unrealistic ones we won’t go into).
- If Wales beat Ireland – game over, ball burst, permutations go out the window. Gatland’s men are Grand Slam champions.
- If Ireland beat Wales and England beat Scotland – Eddie Jones’s men are champions.
- If Ireland beat Wales and Scotland beat England – Joe Schmidt’s men defend their title.
Roll on Super Saturday. It promises to be an absolute cracker.