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Rugby Union | Six Nations final round | Preview and Odds

The final weekend of the Six Nations is upon us for another year, and three teams still have a real chance of winning the trophy.

Our rugby union expert guides you through the best bets from a nail-biting final day.

Italy v France

Super Saturday kicks off with a dead-rubber. France play Italy, both sides looking for pride after lacklustre campaigns.

France have looked excellent in patches, but the writing was on the wall for them in the final 30 minutes against Wales and the first 10 against England. With exciting young prospects all over the pitch, they will undoubtedly be a force to be feared for years to come, but it hasn’t quite clicked under Jacques Brunel this year.

Italy have the home advantage, but growing calls for relegation in the Six Nations exist for a reason. They have been pretty poor throughout, and it would be a major surprise if they were to beat France. The hosts are 9/4, whilst France are 1/3. Back the visitors to win by eight or more at 7/10.

Wales v Ireland

The Six Nations goes through Cardiff. The Welsh are on for a Grand Slam, and Ireland have been underwhelming this tournament, but could still be crowned champions if they win here and Scotland do them a favour.

In what should be a fantastic atmosphere at the Principality Stadium, Wales are favourites at 4/6. The Irish are 11/10, but if they find their form of 2018 that should be printing money. It is bound to be an attritional, emotional game, but a moment of magic could seal it for either team. That is likely to come in the shape of one of the wingers, be it George North or Jacob Stockdale. Stockdale is 6/4 to score anytime, whilst North is 7/4.

England v Scotland

The Calcutta Cup is always a turbo-charged event, but come 5pm England could walk out on the Twickenham turf knowing a win will be enough to lift the Six Nations.

Scotland have endured an incredibly tough tournament, with injuries piling up and reserves taking knocks before they can settle into the teams. It would be astounding if Scotland can repeat their win from last year, and they are 17/2 to win in London. England have looked excellent in parts during this tournament, but are still a long way from the finished article.

At 1/16, they are comfortable favourites here, and the handicap sits at 17. I don’t think England will win quite that comfortably, so would recommend taking Scotland on a +17 handicap at evens.

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