Tuesday 6 December 2016

Any one of five teams can win the Six Nations

Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30

Guy Noves will need a few games to get his French team up to speed in the Six Nations Photo: Getty
Guy Noves will need a few games to get his French team up to speed in the Six Nations Photo: Getty

I don't think there's ever been such a level playing field going into a Six Nations, writes David Wallace.

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Obviously Italy are favourites to take the wooden spoon, but you wouldn't be surprised to see any of the other teams win it.

Scotland made some huge strides during the World Cup, and were unlucky not to reach the semi-final, so it will be interesting to see can they back that up here - I think they will.

France are as much of an enigma as ever; they got thumped in the World Cup by the eventual winners New Zealand and you would expect Guy Noves to need a few games to get adjusted. But with them you just never know.

England are in the same category, although they should be there or thereabouts at the end of the tournament. The selection of Dylan Hartley as captain is the big talking point and I certainly wouldn't agree with it. Personally, I think Tom Youngs is a better player and candidate for captaincy, and he isn't even in the squad.

Wales and Ireland are probably the two best sides there, so Sunday is set to be a decisive match for the tournament. Let's hope Rory and the lads get off to a winning start.

Irish Independent

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