By Mark Rawlinson
The Six Nations returns this weekend following a fortnight break and Wales face unbeaten France this evening whilst on Saturday, Ireland, who are also undefeated, take on England.
Wales v France Betting Tips
2013 Six Nations champions Wales were well and truly beaten in their last match a fortnight ago when they were heavily defeated 26-3 by Ireland. The loss in Dublin means a win against France tonight is imperative if they’re to claim the title again this year.
Warren Gatland has chosen to drop scrum-half Mike Phillips to the bench following the Ireland defeat with Ospreys’ Rhys Webb coming into the XV. Injuries mean Jonathan Davies and Scott Williams miss out, with George North and Liam Williams coming in.
France backed up their 26-24 opening day victory over England with a 30-10 win against Italy a fortnight ago, meaning they are in a strong position two games in.
Wales have won the last two matches against the French but France had won eight on the bounce against them before those back-to-back defeats.
Catch this match live on BBC One this evening from 8pm.
Italy v Scotland Betting Tips
This pair’s respective tournaments haven’t got going yet following two consecutive defeats, so Saturday’s clash between Italy and Scotland will give one side the chance of getting their first points of the 2014 Six Nations.
Scotland coach Scott Johnson’s team selection has again triggered more debate, with captain Kelly Brown overlooked and David Denton dropped to the bench. Richie Gray is recalled into the XV for the Scots.
Hosts Italy will be eying this game as their best chance of a win in this year’s competition, although Scotland have won four of the last five meetings between the sides, including a 34-10 win at Murrayfield last February.
Games between these sides in Rome have been close over the past five meetings, wit no more than seven points separating the sides on each occasions. Therefore my BET OF THE DAY is on an Italy winning margin of less than 5.5 points at 9/2 with Coral.
This game is live on BBC One from 1:30pm on Saturday afternoon.
England v Ireland Betting Tips
Ireland come into this game sitting comfortably on top of the pile but will have to put in another good performance if they’re to overcome England, who could go top if they win.
England boss Stuart Lancaster was dealt a huge blow this week with the news that tighthead prop Dan Cole will be ruled out for the remainder of the tournament after picking up a neck injury in domestic action last weekend, with previously uncapped David Wilson coming in as his replacement.
This game is live from 4pm on BBC One.
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