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The Six Nations Concerns a grandstand end on Saturday with Wales pursuing a Grand Slam along with also England and Ireland expecting to snatch the name from them.
Wales will wrap up the name and complete their first championship clean shave since 2012 should they beat Ireland.
But conquer within their 14:45 GMT match in Cardiff would start up the title race.
Barring an improbably emphatic Ireland victory, England would lift the name by beating Scotland but a Scottish win would see Ireland retain the trophy.
Wales are intending to property their Grand Slam of the Six Nations era, with all the prior two won under coach Warren Gatland, who’s leaving his post following this autumn’s World Cup.
Gatland’s side are also looking to extend their federal recordbreaking winning streak to 14 consecutive Tests.
If they neglect, both England and Ireland are poised to post impressive numbers of their own.
England can lift their 3rd title in four Nations campaigns under Eddie Jones, while an Ireland success would be Joe Schmidt’s fourth in six years at his final year as their own coach.
The three dimensional tussle to get silverware has prompted a testy pre-match exchange between your title-contending coaches.
England coach Eddie Jones, asked for his perspectives on Wales’ meeting Ireland, said that Wales have been”definitely tiring”, adding that”they have made more tackles than anyone else at the tournament”.
“Exactly what the hell is Eddie Jones doing discussing our game” Said Gatland when those observations were put to him.
“If you examine the stats England’ve made a hell of a lot more tackles than individuals in this specific tournament.
“My information to Eddie is always to pay attention to the Scotland match.”
Wales have made 660 tackles so much in the tournament in contrast to England’s 793.
England forward Tom Curry, Mark Wilson and Jamie George, together with 76, 71, and 67 tackles respectively, and have made more tackles than another player within the tournament.
Meanwhile, Schmidt indicated on Thursday that Wales broke Six Nations protocol simply by going direct to the tournament organisers to ask for the Principality Stadium roof to be shut on account of prediction heavy rain.
The roof could only usually be shut if both teams agree. It had been announced on Friday that the game will be used the roof open at Ireland’s request.
“It’s our stadium and we must be able to accomplish what we need with this,” said Gatland.
An extra few points are given to Grand Slam winners, which would put Wales out of England’s reachA draw for Wales would be enough to secure the championship if England lose. If both sides draw, then England would win the name should they earn a plus point and Wales don’tIf Wales and Ireland draw and England win, then Eddie Jones’ side would be championsIreland will be winners should they win and England don’tIf Ireland procure a bonus-point win over Wales and England beat Scotland without scoring four tries, both teams will finish level on 19 points. Points difference would subsequently determine the championship: England now lead the way with 83, in comparison with Ireland’s 1-9
Predictions from BBC Radio 5 Live pundits
Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson: “Super Saturday is my favourite international weekend of this season but that I think Wales may nick the Slam.”
Former Ireland wing Shane Horgan:“It’s too early to state whether Ireland have recovered from the early discount against England. Wales.”
Former England fly half Paul Grayson:“I didn’t rear my instincts and first started using it wrong in around one so I will go along with my tummy. Ireland win in Cardiff so England win the name .”
Former Wales fly half Jonathan Davies: “Home advantage will see Wales sneak it.”
Scotland looking end to Twickenham harm
Saturday will likely be the 137th staging of the earliest Test in the game with England and Scotland meeting at Twickenham 148 years on from their first encounter.
Scotland will be more concerned about recent history nevertheless.
It’s 36 years since they’ve won away to England, while their final trip ended at a 61-21 reverse that matched their heaviest defeat against their oldest rival.
England have scored 19 tries in the tournament so far, more than every other team. However, Jones has cautioned Scotland which they are still to reach their potential.
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“We’re no where near our best, we’re just slowly getting there,” he explained. “But we’re going in a great direction.”
Despite a lengthy injury list, Gregor Townsend’s side will take heart out of a stirring Calcutta Cup victory at Murrayfield 1-2 months ago when England were upset.
“If no-one thinks we will win then that is fine,” said Townsend.
“We believe we can win and that is what we’re trying to do. Scotland teams are inclined to be underdogs on many of occasions and it normally brings the best out in them.”
Stick at 21?
Italy’s 57-14 defeat by England in the last round has been a listing 21st successive defeat at the Six Nations. Their final victory from the tournament has been a victory against Scotland at February 2015. And they’re already assured of the Spoon.
However, France are also putting up with a gloomy win with just two wins in their last 11 Tests.
After restricting Six Nations leaders Wales to a 26-15 scoreline at Rome and directing Ireland at half time of a 26-16 conquer, trainer Conor O’Shea is expecting for a 3rd strong home performance of the campaign.
“Our attention will likely probably be on these days, looking to play our best rugby. We would like to complete the championship with a fantastic operation at Stadio Olimpico,” he explained.