Six Nations Championship Team Guide
The Six Nations Championship is set to be one of the closest for a long time, with no side looking capable of a Grand Slam. Wales won the Grand Slam in 2012 and secured back-to-back titles in 2013, while France achieved it against the odds in 2010, although everyone looks capable of beating one another this year.
England have never found their feet following their 2003 Rugby World Cup win, it is true that they played out of their skin to reach the final of the 2007 World Cup, but that apart, they have disappointed season upon season. They ended an eight year wait for the Six Nations title in 2011 but they then had to wait until 2016 to win the title again before making it back-to-back titles in 2017.
England Six Nations
France, like England are suffering from inconsistency and have had an indifferent time of it since the Rugby World Cup in 2007. They won the Grand Slam in 2010 but they remain infuriatingly inconsistent. The French are always dangerous and will be a big threat this year.
France Six Nations
2012 Grand Slam Champions and 2013 winners, Wales, have been strong for several years as they showed when winning the Grand Slam in 2005 and 2008 as well. Coach Warren Gatland has got the team playing excellent rugby and despite a dismal trot of defeats during the autumn internationals, they are still a team that is more than capable of winning any match they play and they will be extremely dangerous once again.
Wales Six Nations
Ireland were Grand Slam Champions in 2009 having swept all before them, including a vital 1 point win over England which proved to be the difference. They will find it difficult to repeat that feat again but they must be one of the favourites after they won the Six Nations title in 2014 and 2015.
Irish Six Nations
Regarded as outsiders again this year, Scotland have struggled for several years now in the Championship. They have a good crop of players and as long as they continue to improve they could easily upset the rugby betting odds and beat one of the more fancied teams although on paper they look to be fighting it out with Italy once again to avoid the Wooden Spoon.
Scotland Six Nations
Italy keep on improving as they bid to bridge the class divide in International class rugby. They have won the odd game here but they continually find themselves battling with Scotland to avoid that dreaded wooden spoon at the Six Nations.
Italy Six Nations