The captains of the six nations teams for 2012
Now that the stupidly delayed game between France and Ireland has been finally played in Paris and resulted in a draw (17-17), the final result, whilst still uncertain, looks much clearer now.
Wales have won all three of their games so far, although their victory againt England last week was perhaps a tad lucky. They now have to play Italy, the weakest team, and then France, their closest rivals. But this last game they will be playing at home, and with the added incentive of taking their revenge on a world cup semi-final that they should not have lost. So they must be clear favourites, and have looked the best team in the tournament in all their games so far.
Strettle the English winger, just prevented from scoring against Wales
Of course rugby is an unpredictable game and no team is less predictable than France, who could just upset the Welsh plans by winning aginst the odds 2 weeks from now. But I wouldn't bet on that!
England and Ireland have both lost a game and are not really in the running for victory in this tournament, especially Ireland who have lost one game and drawn another. England's only chance is to beat what must now be a doubting French team in Paris next weekend. They have a young team that has shown guts and some promise, but they will probably lack the experience for this one.
Ireland played well in their game against France, with Bowe scoring 2 tries, but their scrum and line-out did not look like world-beaters, apart from the back row who were excellent.
Tommy Bowe, the Irish winger and scorer of 2 tries against France today