DH: Ireland have been the most consistent in terms of the level of their performances.
England against Wales for 40 minutes were superb, likewise Italys comeback against Scotland, and then you have the intensity of Wales-Ireland.
Fair play to England and fair play to France.Its not who you know, its who you bank with.Theres no guarantee theyll win over France.The day had started with, wales annihilating Italy 61-20 in Rome.They have momentum, though, and as shrewd as Ireland have been so far, if George Ford gets the chance to implement a more expansive gameplan, England could come away with another unlikely away win.
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Given Sexton and Murrays areas of expertise, Alex Goode s inclusion could well be a blessing in disguise for England.
He is amongst the best, if not actually able to lay claim to the title of the best, fly-halves in world rugby right now.
There is firepower out wide, but were yet to really see if Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne can utilise it properly.England Under 20 win Six Nations in Brighton.Certainly, the central channels looked a bit wobbly defensively in Englands win over Italy, and in Henshaw and Payne he has two centres capable of running intelligent lines that competition prizes for kids could hurt England.Ireland, irelands nine game winning run is understandably being heralded, and Joe Schmidt has proved himself once again as the shrewdest of coaches.While not the quickest, Goodes strengths his kicking and positional games could be ideal for a match that will hinge on who wins the territorial and set piece battles.The champions duly hammered Scotland by 30 points in Edinburgh, meaning Wales were out of contention and that England needed to beat France by 26 points to take the title.Ireland's two-try scorer Sean O'Brien: "We knew what we had to do at half-time and we executed it very well.But what the tournament has shown is how tight it is between all the sides.They will be disrupted far less than the other sides in the league, so this should be a good year.