Six Nations 2024: Ireland's title favourites, England's slender title hopes & Wales' wooden spoon battle

The 2024 Men's Six Nations 'Super Saturday' is a thrilling final with four teams still in contention for the title.

Ireland are in pole position to retain their crown by either avoiding defeat or picking up two bonus points against Scotland at 16:45 GMT in Dublin.

England, who start the weekend four points behind Ireland, need Andy Farrell's side to slip up and then secure a bonus-point win in France in the final at 20:00 GMT.

Scotland and France are also still in the title mix, but Ireland's superior points difference makes their chances of snatching the title highly unlikely.

Wales, meanwhile, are bottom of the table and face a straight shootout with Italy due to a needless wooden spoon – awarded to the last-finishing side.

The day begins in Cardiff before Ireland host Scotland in Dublin and France face England in the final game of the tournament in Lyon.

Will Ireland strike back after the Grand Slam bid ends?

Ireland, a Marcus Smith drop-goal away with a shot at history and the first Grand Slam in the Six Nations era.

Their one-point loss to England came after comfortable wins over France, Italy and Wales, paving the way for another title.

Ireland have beaten Scotland in their last nine meetings and have won their last 18 home games against the All-Comers.

Former Ireland winger Luke Fitzgerald expects his countrymen to „get the job done” at the Aviva Stadium.

Scotland showed brilliant displays in wins over Wales and England, but also many inconsistencies.

„Ireland will be wary as this Scotland team had a tough weekend in Rome,” said Fitzgerald. „Scotland's backline is full of danger and it only takes a moment.”

England was ready to take full advantage of this opportunity

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Ireland may already be celebrating the title, but England could lift the trophy for the first time since 2020 if the defending champions finish their campaign without a single point.

Les Blues thrashed Steve Borthwick's men 53-10 at Twickenham last year – a result that current England captain Jamie George called one of the „darkest days” of his career.

George and his compatriots looked to be looking for their first away win against France since they last won a Grand Slam title in 2016.

France have not been at their fluent best without half-back generals Antoine Dupont and Romain Ndamak and are yet to win at home in the Six Nations.

Fabian Galthy's side beat Wales last weekend, but World Cup-winning scrum-half Matt Dawson says „England will be ready to take on the world” after beating Ireland.

„For England, France is a huge part,” Dawson told BBC Radio 5 Live.

„Wales showed some weaknesses in the way France defends on several occasions last weekend. I expect England to really throw some fizz at them.

„France have a big question to answer. Their fans have been behind them for a significant period of time and France has to deliver.”

If Ireland finish empty-handed and can better Scotland's margin of victory to claim the bonus point, France could win the title late on.

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Wales are more vulnerable than they have been in 21 years

Warren Gatland's youthful Wales side fought valiantly in the Six Nations, albeit to no avail.

There is some promise in attack, with only Ireland and Scotland scoring more tries this Championship, but their defense is exposed and they concede more tries.

Versatile and Wales legend George North is the latest veteran to call time on his international career and the 31-year-old will be looking to build on more success against the Azzurri.

Former Wales flanker Josh Navidi says the 121-cap North has been a „fantastic advocate” for Welsh rugby.

„Everyone will be looking to get a win and sign off on the wonderful Wales career that George has had,” Navidi told BBC Radio 5 Live.

„He's been in the red jersey for 16 years and I thought he'd still have some legs, but international rugby takes its toll on the body.”

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Six Nations rugby special: Inexperienced Wales in „difficult position” against Italy

Wales have not finished with the wooden spoon since 2003, but Italy won in Cardiff two years ago and drew with France in the Welsh capital and beat Scotland in their last two games.

Italy will be without dangerous full-back Ange Capuozzo, but their set-piece could prove a challenge for the Welsh back, which was beaten by France's physical changes in their last game.

Italy will finish above Wales if they avoid defeat, while the hosts can move up from the bottom if they win with a bonus point and overturn their meager point difference against the Azzurri, or if the visitors end up winning by enough points to overcome Italy's points difference. Campaigning with bare hands.


  • Ireland are looking to win their seventh Six Nations – and back-to-back titles for the first time since 2015
  • England are bidding for an eighth Six Nations title – their first since 2020
  • France has won the Six Nations six times – most recently in 2022
  • Scotland have never won the Six Nations – their last title came in the final Five Nations in 1999.
  • Italy ranked last among the previous eight and six countries
  • Six-time Six Nations winners Wales last finished last in 2003

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