ENGLAND will be hoping to take advantage of the uncertainty around France's fixture with Scotland in their pursuit of the Six Nations this wekend.
The championship has been thrown into chaos this weekend with France's fixture being postponed.
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France remain favourites after winning their opening two matches, but it will hang on when the Scotland game is rescheduled for.
The other third round fixtures between England and Wales, and Ireland and Italy take place this weekend.
Six Nations outright odds (Paddy Power)
- France 4/6
- England 11/4
- Wales 5/1
- Scotland 12/1
- Ireland 100/1
- Italy 500/1
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- No Grand Slam 3/10
- France 3/1
- Wales 8/1
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Italy v Ireland
Of course they have no hope.
Italy that is, not Ireland who have the chance to leapfrog both Scotland and England with a bonus-point win in Rome.
Boss Andy Farrell has picked an all-Leinster attack lead by returning Johnny Sexton after their defeat to Wales.
But what he really should be doing is using the fixture to look to the future.
With two defeats already, Ireland need to be working on a replacement for Sexton – and this is the perfect game to do it.
Expect Ireland to pick up a big win with Italy yet to register a Championship victory since 2015.
Wales v England
What a game.
It's all set-up in Cardiff where George North will win his 100th cap.
Alun Wyn Jones will no doubt try and rattle England again, too, just like he did in 2019 when he pestered Kyle Sinckler into starting the downfall.
Two years ago England had their own Grand Slam hopes obliterated in Wales, but this year, it's all set-up for revenge.
Eddie Jones' side have been dreadful, but Wales have only remained unbeaten thanks to two red cards to the opposition in their openers.
Expect an ugly, dogged game at the Principality, which revved-up England will do just enough in to get revenge on their bitter rivals.
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