6 Nations 4th Round: Preview

Italy go into Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff having lost their first three games.
Italy go into Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff having lost their first three games.
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This weekend we will have the 4th round of the Six Nations rugby competition with some interesting matchups.

Ireland hosts revived Scotland, England looks to bounce back against France in Paris and in Cardiff, Wales will host Italy. So far, the only undefeated team in Ireland with a 3-0 record. England and Scotland both hold a 2-1 record, Wales and France both hold a 1-2 record and only team without a win is Italy with a 0-3 record.

Now we will make a small preview of all games that will be played this weekend:

Ireland (3-0) v Scotland (2-1)

Ireland won all of their 3 games in rather an impressive way. They managed to beat France 15-13 in the first round, Italy 56-19 in the second round and Wales 37-27 in the third round of the Six Nations tournament.

On the other hand, Scotland lost in the first round against Wales 7-34, but after that, they managed to beat France 32-26 and England 25-13 in the second and third round.

The game will be played in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday. An interesting fact is that Ireland never lost to Scotland at home, and they hold an excellent home record, without a loss since 2010. Also, they won 9 out of last 10 home games against Scotland.

As for the team news, Robbie Henshaw and Chris Farrell are out for Ireland, but Garry Ringrose and Tadhg Furlong are on the team again.

France (1-2) v England (2-1)

France lost two games in the first and the second round against Ireland (13-15) and Scotland (26-32), but managed to bounce back and win against Italy (34-17) in the third round.

England started excellent with two wins in the first two rounds against Italy (46-15) and Wales (12-6), but in the third round they lost against Scotland (25-13).

The game will be played in Paris, France on Saturday. An interesting fact is that France won 5 out of 12 meetings against England since 1998.

As for the team news, France coach Jacques Brunel will make only one change in starting lineup, as Francois Trinh-Duc will replace Lionel Beauxis. For the England Dylan Hartley is injured and will not play.

Wales (1-2) v Italy (0-3)

Wales won the first round game against Scotland (34-7), but after that lost two games against England (12-6) and Ireland (37-27) in the second and the third round.

Italy lost all of their games so far, losing to England (15-46), Ireland (19-56) and France (17-34).

The game will be played at Principality Stadium, Cardiff on Sunday.

Wales coach Warren Gatland said he will make no less than 10 changes in his team for the game against Italy. Italy at the moment holds the longest losing run (15) in their Six Nations history and they are only two losses shy of the all-time championship record of 17 straight defeats, set by France in a period between 1911 – 1920. Italy also already conceded 136 points so far.

Predictions:

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It looks like Ireland and Wales’s wins are bankers, and England should win also this weekend.