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Who will be Crowned Champion?

This weekend marks the final round of the RBS 6 Nations Championship and because of it's format it's not immediately clear to see what country will win it all.  It's probably a good idea to come down to Doc Magilligan's on Saturday morning at 8:30 and take in all three games to get the full rugby experience. 

Round 5 of the RBS 6 Nations Championship

England are Heavy Favourites

For starters, there are three teams at the top of the table who have the chance to win the 6 Nations this Saturday. England, Ireland and Wales. Of the 3 out of 4 home nations, England are in the best position going into Round 5. 

England have the luxury of playing last on Saturday and knowing exactly how many points they'll need to win it all. Unless of course Ireland and Wales lose. In that case, simply winning or drawing against France will give them the brand new trophy. 

The only thing not on England's side is the opponent. France is the only team that could pose a challenge to any of these top 3 teams.  If France hold England to a low scoring game, it could open the door for Ireland who look to trounce the winless Scottish team. 

Ireland France Round 5 RBS 6 Nations

Can Ireland Secure the Championship?

While England arguably play the strongest team of the top 3, Ireland take on the lowly Scots. At the moment, the point differential between Ireland and England is just four and if Ireland have their way on Saturday, they could be holding the new trophy above their heads, especially if France upset England. 

Scotland Ireland RBS 6 Nations Rugby

However, Scotland and Ireland have some history. Scotland have beaten Ireland twice in their last five RBS 6 Nations meetings and lost by a margin of more than six points just once during that time. If the Irish keep the mistakes few and far between, they should have more than enough firepower to beat Scotland in Edinburgh. 

Don't Forget About the Welsh

Wales are currently sitting in third place with a point differential of +12. But that differential doesn't matter at all if both Ireland and England lose. With a favourable matchup against Italy and riding the momentum of last week's win against Ireland, the Welsh team can't be counted out yet. 

Wales have won all 3 matches against Italy dating back to 2012, and they've outscored the Azurri by a score of 73-27. If they stick to their guns, play solid defence and score a boatload of tries, they could be RBS 6 Nations Champs again; the third time in the last 4 years. 

Italy Wales RBS 6 Nations Championship Niagara Falls

For even more final round coverage of the RBS 6 Nations and all the potential math that could be involved, read The Guardian's story "Six Nations champions? England, Ireland and Wales must do the maths."

 

 

 

 

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