The 2020 edition of the Six Nations kicked off with Wales against Italy. The Welsh came into the tournament as the defending champions after their Grand Slam success 12 months ago, but England were the bookmakers’ early favourites this year, followed closely by Ireland.
A spokesperson for The Pools said: “All change for the Six Nations Express! Four new managers and a lot of new uncapped faces -especially France – are gearing up for Rugby’s biggest annual contest.
“Japan seemed like yesterday but the pain seems to have been brushed off if you buy into Eddie Jones’ mind games.
“England are the early favourites to win back the Six Nations from Wales’ hands.
“It will be Wayne Pivac’s first major task as Wales’ Head Coach but he has the easiest of starts with underdogs Italy. Could he maintain the work Warren Garland has done with Alun Wyn Jones and co?
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“But can Owen Farrell put his domestic woes behind him and send his team to a Grand Slam?
“Last years top points scorer is the 11/10 favourite to repeat the achievement but will everything that is going on at Saracens be distracting him from the task at hand?
“We will soon find out in Sunday’s Le Crunch!”
However, things have changed dramatically since the opening week and it is now a two-horse race between Ireland and France for the Grand Slam.
Six Nations 2020 TV coverage
Saturday 1 February: Wales vs Italy – Principality Stadium, BBC, 2.15pm
Saturday 1 February: Ireland vs Scotland – Aviva Stadium, ITV, 4.45pm
Sunday 2 February: France vs England – BBC, 3pm
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Saturday 8 February: Ireland vs Wales – Aviva Stadium, ITV, 2.15pm
Saturday 8 February: Scotland vs England – BT Murrayfield, BBC, 4.45pm
Sunday 9 February: France vs Italy – BBC, 3pm
Saturday 22 February: Italy vs Scotland – ITV, 2.15pm
Saturday 22 February: Wales vs France – Principality Stadium, BBC, 4.45pm
Sunday 23 February: England vs Ireland – Twickenham, ITV, 3pm
Saturday 7 March: Ireland vs Italy – Aviva Stadium, ITV, 2.15pm
Saturday 7 March: England vs Wales – Twickenham, ITV, 4.45pm
Sunday 8 March: Scotland vs France – BT Murrayfield, BBC, 3pm
Saturday 14 March: Wales vs Scotland – Principality Stadium, BBC, 2.15pm
Saturday 14 March: Italy vs England – ITV, 4.45pm
Saturday 14 March: France vs Ireland – BBC, 8pm
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Six Nations Grand Slam odds (The Pools)
No winner – 4/11
Ireland – 5/1
France – 5/1
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