The four teams still in Six Nations contention

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With the Six Nations set to finish up over the course of two weekends in October, Last Word look at what needs to be done by the four teams who can still claim victory.

Who isn’t in contention?

It’s pretty simple for Wales and Italy, the latter of which have two games in hand, as neither can claim the crown this year. They could still play a major role in who does win it though….


Ireland have it in their hands. If they are to win both of their remaining games with bonus points (Italy and France) then they will be crowned the 2020 Six Nations champions.

It would be their first title since 2018, where they also claimed a Grand Slam. That honour won’t be claimed this year.


England’s fate still lies in the hands of Ireland, but could well be seen as favourites given the nature of how Ireland must win it.

Should England beat Italy in Rome, with a bonus point, and Ireland dont get 10 points out of the 10 available then Eddie Jones’ men shall be crowned victorious.

England’s last title was back in 2017. They have already won the Triple Crown.


It comes down to a match points difference for France. If they beat Ireland by three match points more than England beat Italy, if indeed Eddie Jones’ men do win, then France will pick up a first Six Nations title in ten years.

2010 was also the last time they claimed a Grand Slam.


The unlikeliest of winners are Scotland. Should Scotland beat Wales on October 31, Italy beat both Ireland and England and France and Ireland drawn then the Scots will win. It would be their first Six Nations win, but does seem extremely unlikely.

The Ireland vs Italy game kicks off on October 24, whilst the remaining ‘Super Saturday’ fixtures kick off a week later.


“Main photo credit”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 22: (L-R) Charles Ollivon, Captain of France, Stuart Hogg, Captain of Scotland, Owen Farrell, Captain of England, Alun Wyn Jones, Captain of Wales, Luca Bigi, Captain of Italy and Jonathan Sexton, Captain of Ireland, pose with the Six Nations trophy during the Guinness Six Nations Launch at Tobacco Dock on January 22, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)