Six Nations is England’s to lose but be prepared for late unforeseen twists | Robert Kitson

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Logic would identify England and France as the two strongest contenders, but the ball is in Ireland’s court if there is to be an alternative outcome

Precious little about this year’s Six Nations championship has unfolded as anticipated in January. Here we are at Halloween with the title still undecided, no supporters allowed in the stadiums and no visibly dominant squad to garland. It would be entirely fitting if this weekend were to yield a late, unforeseen twist which no one saw coming.

Things already feel strangely alien, with the tournament’s natural rhythms hopelessly disrupted. October is suddenly the new March. This year’s Six Nations is no longer a springboard into, well, spring, but a stepping stone towards midwinter. There is a spin-off championship, AKA the Autumn Nations Cup, commencing in a fortnight and the 2021 edition starts in three months’ time.

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Written by Robert Kitson
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Six Nations is England’s to lose but be prepared for late unforeseen twists | Robert Kitson

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