Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Six Nations 2019: England, Wales, Ireland - who will win?

Six Nations 2019: England, Wales, Ireland - who will win?

Needing to defeat Wales in Cardiff and hope for England's clash with Scotland to go in their favour, the Ireland team are up against it as they attempt to retain their Six Nations crown on the final day.

But England are waiting to pounce knowing that if Wales falter then victory over Scotland in the finale to the tournament at Twickenham would propel them to the title.

Much of Wales' success this season has been based on a colossal defensive effort and Jones, for all the praise he had heaped on Gatland, could not resist a pre-match dig by suggesting the "tiring" Welsh might struggle against reigning champions Ireland.

"It will be the same approach we had with England", he said.

"You get opportunities that come along in life, and you have to take it with both hands".

"If it was me, I'd be concentrating on playing Scotland". Let us know in the comments.

But Gatland added: "It is not about us, it is about the players for this weekend".

"There is no doubt that when Johnny gets front-foot ball he controls the game exceptionally well".

"We've named an unchanged squad and rewarded the players for the last couple of outings and the last couple of victories".

Wales are bidding for a third Grand Slam under Gatland - it would be a record for any Five or Six Nations coach if his players accomplish it - and also leave them in great shape six months before their World Cup challenge in Japan. "They are definitely going in the right direction", said a deadpan Gatland, with tongue in cheek after the game.

"In the early years he was a bit hot-headed and temperamental, and he was the one starting the fights in training and stuff, and that is what a competitor he is".

World Rugby said Thursday the new annual tournament, which from 2022 would see the winners of the Six Nations playing the top team from an expanded, six-team southern hemisphere Rugby Championship in a final, could earn the sport 5 billion pound ($6.6 billion) in 12 years. They're in a good spot and they've got a lot to prove in the last game, haven't they?'

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