Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Wednesday Feb 20, 2019

6 Nations Preview: Can England effectively wrap up the title this weekend?

6 Nations Preview: Can England effectively wrap up the title this weekend?

Already a de facto Grand Slam decider, this weekend’s clash between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff may also determine who wins the 2019 6 Nations title as well, with Eddie Jones’ side looking to edge closer to the crown following two successive bonus point victories.

ADVERTISEMENT

While only in the third week of the championship, results in the opening two rounds, plus Wales’ failure to secure a bonus point against either France or Italy, have left England firm favourites to wrap up their third title in four years.

It is statistically impossible for England to claim the title this weekend as only two points split them and Wales in the standings. But the visitors could deal a near-fatal blow to the aspirations of Warren Gatland’s side, as well as Ireland, if they emerge victorious from Cardiff on Saturday evening.

England host Italy in Round 4 before receiving Scotland at Twickenham on the final weekend and are expected to come out on top, potentially wrapping up another two bonus points.

Should Wales come out on top for the first time at home since 2013, the ball could be in their court, with Scotland and Ireland coming up in the final two rounds. Whichever team loses this weekend will have to rely on other results – and bonus points – going their way.

Of course a draw would scupper the chances of a Grand Slam for either side, possibly bringing Ireland right back into the mix for the title.

The title battle aside, this fixture is sure to be a mouth-watering affair, and one which is rarely predictable. Here are some of the most memorable encounters in recent years.

ADVERTISEMENT

2005 – Henson sinks England at the death

He didn’t realise it then, but Gavin Henson’s late penalty to secure an opening round victory over England was a key factor in Mike Ruddock’s side winning a first Grand Slam since 1978. It was the beginning of an incredible campaign for Wales, finished off in style with a 32-20 victory over Ireland.

2013 – England’s Grand Slam derailed in Cardiff

ADVERTISEMENT

England were on song in 2013 and arrived in Cardiff seeking to complete a deserved Grand Slam. While odds were even ahead of kick-off, few predicted the one-sided affair that played out in Wales’ favour. A rampant home performance ripped up the form book.

2016 – England exact revenge…and continue to do so

Stung by their drubbing in Cardiff, England have been on a five year winning streak in the 6 Nations against Wales – though Wales crucially came out on top in their World Cup Pool match encounter in 2015 – and continue to have the edge in the tournament. Their 2016 victory amidst a typical Welsh fightback helped secured the Grand Slam for the first time since 2003.

Related Articles

  • 38 WEEKS AGO

    The Dylan Hartley Eddie Jones saga shows...

  • 39 WEEKS AGO

    IT'S FINALLY TIME: All you need to know ahead...

  • 41 WEEKS AGO

    Eddie Jones responds and explains thought...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Player appears to magically grow extra arm to score unbelievable try in NRL match

  • 1 DAY AGO

    What happened when a winger filled in at number eight will surprise many fans

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Hilarious and passionate celebrations show how much South African schoolboy rugby means

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Russell marks Lions inclusion with lovely footballing skills to set up beautiful Racing try

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Eye-opening montage demonstrates why Jack Conan is now a British & Irish Lion

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Ex-Wallabies star sees red for dangerous high shot in Japanese Top League

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: The face stamp which may end Mike Brown's Harlequins career early

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    All Blacks hooker gets lucky escape with yellow after taking out Chiefs star Damian McKenzie

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Eye-opening montage demonstrates why Jack Conan is now a British & Irish Lion

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Senatla suspended after horrific flip that nearly ended terribly

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Tongan Thor gets emotional with Sonny Bill after dramatic Super Rugby AU win

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    O'Connor's dramatic try lights up buzzing Suncorp Stadium in Super Rugby AU final

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: The emotional Kyle Sinckler interview which Lions fans MUST see

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    The shocking tale of how a foreign player's experience in Japan soon turned extremely sour

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Two of SA's fastest men collide with unbelievable 360 flip that has unsurprising outcome

View All

Funnies

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Hilarious and passionate celebrations show how much South African schoolboy rugby means

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    THROWBACK: That time Jason Eaton violated Brent Ward on camera

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Joe Marler goes full nause on Blair Cowan in Premiership clash

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: JP Doyle puts MLR players in their place with authoritative return to refereeing

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Comedy gold as close range 'falcon' gifts Brumbies try in Super Rugby AU match

View All

Amateur

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 64 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 65 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 65 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 65 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 24 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 24 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
6 Nations Preview: Can England effectively wrap up the title this weekend? | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos