Saturday will bring the 2019 Six Nations to a close with a frantic race to the finish line between three teams: England, Ireland, and leaders Wales
Saturday will bring the 2019 Six Nations to a close with a frantic race to the finish line between three teams: England, Ireland, and leaders Wales.
A 21-13 win over England last month gave the Welsh the chance to secure a first Grand Slam in seven years.
That demands they beat Ireland in Cardiff and Joe Schmidt’s side still have aspirations of glory of their own, although the permutations don’t favour them.
A damaging defeat to England on the opening weekend has made it very difficult for many people’s pre-tournament favourites to finish top of the pile.
Those travelling to Twickenham to watch Eddie Jones’ men face Scotland at 5pm may find it all over before a ball is kicked, given Wales kick-off at 2.45pm.
It would be a tasty consolation prize for the Scots to deny England a title in their own backyard, although victory on the hallowed West London turf has evaded them for over 35 years.
Express Sport explores how each side can lift the title below.
If Wales win…
A victory in Cardiff for the home side will guarantee them a Grand Slam and the Six Nations title.
If both teams win, with England gaining a bonus point…
This, on the face of it, appears to be a route to glory for Eddie Jones’ team.
Both Wales and England would finish on 20 points and the latter would almost certainly possess a greater points difference, supposing the leaders don’t pick up a bonus point of their own at Principality Stadium.
However, this scenario will still see the Welsh win thanks to a bonus three points handed out for a Grand Slam, which victory over Ireland would seal.
If England win and Wales lose…
This would most likely send the Six Nations title to Twickenham, as England would jump their rivals by a definitive margin, no matter how any bonus points are shared out.
A defeat for Wales will see also Ireland leapfrog them no matter what, ruling out their chances.
If both teams draw…
Ireland coming away from the Welsh capital with a draw would still enable their hosts to lift the title if England are held to a stalemate by Scotland.
Can Ireland win it?
Sitting one point below England and three off Wales, a win for Ireland means bonus points would come into the equation, with an extra point awarded for scoring four tries or keeping a losing margin to seven points or less.
An Irish bonus point win and English win without one means it will fall to points difference, comfortably in England’s favour going into the game – 83 to 19.
However, victory for Ireland in Cardiff and England failing to win at Twickenham means Joe Schmidt’s men become Six Nations champions.