Wales v Italy
My prediction: Wales by 18.
Ireland v Scotland
Declan Kidney and his Ireland team only have an outside chance of winning the championship, and that relies on England tripping up their rivals France later on in Paris. But the Triple Crown is there for the taking, and if Ireland beat Andy Robinson's Scotland they will notch up their fifth home nations clean sweep in seven years.
The Scots are propping up the table with a solitary point, courtesy of their tedious draw against England last weekend. With Ireland gunning for the prize to crown their final match at Croke Park and Scotland's try-scoring drought, I can only see this game going one way.
My prediction: Ireland by 12.
France v England
A revamped England will run out in Paris in the tournament finale, but I think favourites France will pack too much of a punch for the visitors. Ben Foden and Chris Ashton, team mates at Northampton, will hopefully inject some pace and cutting edge into the England backline. We know their link-up play is in fine form after watching them in the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup this season. Lewis Moody returns from a brief stint on the bench, and he will lead out England in the absence of Steve Borthwick. Mike Tindall starts in the centre, probably to try and contain the rampaging Mathieu Bastereaud.
France are oozing class in every position at the moment. Morgan Parra, Imanol Harinordoquy and Clement Poitreneaud are but three of their top class players in a team dripping with talent. The French have been firing this Six Nations, and they will be too much for Martin Johnson's stuttering England team.
My prediction: France to win by 16.
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