Rather than churning out the same old predictions that every other site does, we’re taking a slightly different route this year…
1.England will claim a grand slam
Might as well get this one out of the way first. It may not be a popular opinion, but with no clear stand out team this year, it could be a great chance for England to spring a few surprises under new leadership. They have come close in each of the last two years, and could find themselves buoyed by having a new coach in place after their World Cup disappointment.
2.Ireland and France to battle it out for fifth
Whilst it makes sense to fully expect Italy to claim last place, the battle for fourth/fifth is likely to come down to Ireland or France. Whilst many may expect France to continue being a bit s**t even under new coach Guy Noves. Unfortunately for Ireland, injuries and retirements look likely to conspire to see them struggling this season, despite their last two successful campaigns.
3.Dylan Hartley to be crowned player of the tournament
He may be a controversial choice as captain, and his form has hardly been inspiring so far this season, but the extra responsibility that comes with his new role in the national set up could give him a huge boost as a player. It was glaringly obvious how much England missed him during the World Cup, so he will be a vital part of their set piece during the Six Nations.
4.Italy will record their worst ever points difference in Six Nations history
Last year, Italy came within four points of their worst ever points difference (124 in 2005). This year it could get even worse as the majority of their most experienced players are now well past their best whilst the coach has already confirmed he’s leaving later this year. They have had to draft in a number of non full-professionals, so expect them to be on the end of some big scores.
5.Scotland will finish as runners up
Although the majority of people are likely to be betting on a Wales and Ireland one two, it looks like Scotland could be set for their best finish in some time. They will head into the Six Nations on a high after their World Cup heroics, and look like they could cause a couple of upsets against some of the tournament favourites, especially at Murrayfield.
6.The final day will be boring as hell
After last years final day try fest, many fans will be hoping for a repeat of those theatrics given the final three games will be mirrored once again. Unfortunately, this time around, expect a clear winner to have already emerged meaning teams won’t have the same incentive to run in the tries, and therefore we will end up witnessing a snore-fest as the final day becomes a victory parade.