The Six Nations title is on the line when France host Scotland in the delayed final match of the 2021 tournament. The match should have been played in February but was delayed because of a Covid-19 outbreak in the France squad, meaning Les Bleus know they need a bonus-point win and a winning margin of at least 21 points to deny Wales the title.
Scotland’s confidence should be sky high after stunning England in their Six Nations opener and they have a good chance of following up with a win over Wales. The Dragons made hard work of edging out an Ireland side reduced to 14 men early on and have been rocked by injury problems ahead of this trip.
After last week’s shock loss to Scotland, England face Italy knowing points difference is likely to play a part if they are to recover and retain the Six Nations title. That spells bad news for the Azzurri, who looked a lost cause when thrashed 50-10 at home by France in the opening round of fixtures.
Italy have tended to save their best Six Nations efforts for when facing France in recent seasons and may be worth backing with a big start in Rome. The Azzurri were on top for long periods before going down 25-14 here two years ago and played their part in an entertaining 35-22 defeat in Paris last term.
Two of the game’s biggest rivals will meet when Wigan take on St Helens in a belated climax to the 2020 Super League season. St Helens will extend their own record of 12 Grand Final appearances, but the losers will set a new, unwanted record for most defeats, both having previously lost on five occasions.