To be honest the three International games this weekend are very hard to call.
France are at the Millenium on Friday night where they will take on Wales who have left the prickly Mike Phillips on the bench. Expect a thunderous impact in the centre where George North will take on the equally big Mathieu Bastareaud as well as some big battles up front with neither side taking any prisoners.
France aren’t always good travellers but they are coming off the back of two wins and will fancy their chances. Wales will be anxious to relegate their performance against Ireland to a one –off day.
At Stadio Olimpico the Azzuri are likely to be in the unusual position of favourites and might well inflict the third consecutive defeat on the Scots. But the Scottish side aren’t anywhere near as bad as they have looked so far in the competition and, like the Welsh, will be desperate for the win.
Finally at Twickenham the Irish will be sniffing the possibility of a Grand Slam as a perfect way to say goodbye to BOD’s 6 Nations career. Standing in the way will be a pack that has started to look like it has the makings of the real deal. Much will be made of the absence of Dan Cole, although I think that David Wilson is a very able substitute. The bigger problem will be his lack of game time rather than scrummaging ability and much will be expected of Henry Thomas when he appears around the 60 minute mark.
All three of the games could go either way and my head has no idea of the likely results. So I’m going with my heart in opting for wins for France, Italy and England.