This match-up between Six Nations whipping boys Italy and France could hold some surprises, with a young Italian side at home hungry to provide their fans with a first Six Nations win for six years as a nod to their bright futures.
Despite performing well in most of their matches, Scotland look set to finish the Six Nations with just the one victory as they face England here.
This promises to be the match of the final week with both sides looking to pile the pressure on England who play in the later evening fixture. Wales’ defence has looked rock solid this campaign, and home advantage also comes into play as it it did against England, but Ireland must win to keep their title hopes alive and are still an incredibly dangerous side.
Few would have picked Wales for the Six Nations title before the tournament, and their first-half performance against France in their first match would have put off the others.
England’s defeat in Wales was a huge blow, but could be the elixir needed to push on for the Six Nations title. Eddie Jones will go for maximum points at Twickenham, with both bonus points and points difference looking vital at the close of the competition.
Ireland were handed a get-out-of-jail-free card by Wales when they beat England on Sunday, and their final match in Cardiff could decide this year’s Six Nations champions. They were heavy-going in Rome, but should have no problem finding the motivation in Dublin to overpower France for a bonus point victory.
Edinburgh will fancy their chances at BT Murrayfield since they have won their last 11 home games in all competitions. Dragons have only won one of their last five Pro14 games, so expect Edinburgh to comfortably win and claim an eighth victory of the campaign.
Both teams require a win to boost their play-off chances in their respective conferences. Home advantage will tip the balance in favour of Ospreys and Ulster have struggled away with only two wins from seven games.
Munster, who are the Conference A leaders, will look to continue their recent good form as they welcome the Southern Kings, who are bottom of Conference B.
Ireland beat Italy 54-7 last time out, and the team ranked second in the world should have little resistance from a plucky but inferior rugby side, even in Rome. Ireland have to mean business now, and will be aiming for maximum points because if England slip-up, points difference could come into play at the close of this competition.
This match at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff is now the most important for Eddie Jones’ England, who have already faced their biggest test and conquered it, by beating the reigning champions Ireland on the opening weekend of the tournament.
The match at Twickenham made for grim reading in a World Cup year for Les Bleus, who have now lost eight times out of their last nine competitive matches. Scotland, on the other hand, are a fantastic team to watch and are now reaching competitive levels with the world’s greatest.
Confidence must be sky high in the England camp right now, as they beat an Ireland side ranked above them in the world rankings, in Dublin, where the Irish had not lost for six years.
Italy’s flashes of offensive potency against Scotland were promising for a young team, probably the best Italian side for years, but they are still a league behind their competition in the Six Nations.