The 2014 Six Nations comes to a close this weekend with Ireland in pole position to take the title if they can beat France in Paris.
However, England will be waiting to pounce on any Irish slip-up as they travel to Rome to take on Italy, while Wales and Scotland will go head-to-head in Cardiff.
Brian O'Driscoll will be competing in his final international game before retiring, with many hopeful an Ireland victory could be a fitting end to a magnificent career.
Stuart Barnes says England look capable of winning the World Cup, but that an Irish Six Nations win would be fitting. http://t.co/z5D5UrEFnz— Sky Sports Rugby (@SkySportsRugby) March 10, 2014
Read on for the full TV schedule, streaming information and predictions for each of the matches.
|Date||Time||Fixture||TV Info||Live Stream|
|15 March||12.30 p.m.GMT/8:30 a.m. ET||Italy vs. England||BBC1||BBC iPlayer|
|15 March||2.45 p.m. GMT/10:45 a.m. ET||Wales vs. Scotland||BBC1||BBC iPlayer|
|15 March||5 p.m. GMT/1 p.m. ET||France vs. Ireland||BBC1||BBC iPlayer|
Italy vs. England
First off on Saturday are Italy and England. Due to their early kick-off time, Stuart Lancaster's men will not have fate in their own hands.
An Ireland win later in the day will likely win them the championship, whatever happens in Rome.
However, England must win to keep themselves in contention. Manu Tuilagi makes a return to the squad and will likely be used as an impact substitution as England look to rack up a healthy victory.
Manu Tuilagi can be a "wrecking ball for us" in Rome after "outstanding" impact in training, says Graham Rowntree http://t.co/3Ye2MdBzVh— Telegraph Rugby (@TelegraphRugby) March 12, 2014
For Italy's part, they will be hoping for a strong end to an average tournament. They will more than likely finish last no matter what happens, but a first Six Nations victory over England would likely make up for that.
Skipper Sergio Parisse returns to the team having been rested in last week's thrashing to Ireland.
Italy have rested Sergio Parisse ahead of Saturday's game against Ireland. They must be targeting England for the win!— chris jones (@chrisjones51) March 6, 2014
Prediction: England to run out comfortable winners. Italy have not looked good enough so far to indicate they will be able to deal with England's quality.
Wales vs. Scotland
This is the least interesting of the day's matches from a championship perspective as neither side is in with a shot at the Six Nations crown.
Wales were aiming for a third title in a row, but have looked tired in comprehensive losses to Ireland and England.
Leigh Halfpenny will not be involved after injuring himself at Twickenham. A loss to Scotland would constitute a bad tournament for the Welsh.
Gutted about the injury but on the road to recovery! Thank you all for your kind messages and support, really appreciate it 👍— Leigh Halfpenny (@LeighHalfpenny1) March 11, 2014
Meanwhile, Scotland will be looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking late defeat to a poor French side at Murrayfield last time out.
Prediction: Wales' overall quality and the Cardiff support should be enough to see them to victory in this fixture.
France vs. Ireland
History is against Ireland in this fixture. They have won only once in Paris in the last 43 years.
That was back in 2000, when O'Driscoll's wonderful hat-trick put him on the world rugby map.
If the Leinster man can put in another blinding display in his final game in an Ireland shirt, he may well lead his country to a first Six Nations title since 2009.
However, France will be no pushover.
Who will win the Six Nations?
Arguably, Les Bleus have played only one decent half of rugby so far in the competition. That was the first half on opening day against England.
But they are somehow in contention for the title.
An England loss to Italy earlier in the day would give France the chance to claim the title with a win.
Prediction: Ireland to win narrowly and claim the championship in the last game of the tournament. Despite their three wins, France do not look good enough to beat a solid Irish side.