Six Nations Rugby: Round 4 Preview
8th March 2016
Sports4Bars looks ahead to Round Four of the RBS 6 Nations Championship as Dublin, Twickenham and Paris stage three huge matches
The fourth round of RBS 6 Nations kicks off in Dublin with both Ireland and Italy searching for that elusive first win in 2016.The omens are not good for Italy in Dublin with their only win in Ireland’s capital being almost 20 years ago.
Focus then switches to Twickenham where the only two unbeaten teams clash head-on. England are attempting to win only their second Triple Crown since 2003 and will need no more motivation than reversing the result at the same venue five months ago during RWC 2015.Wales for their part are right in the mix to claim a first RBS 6 Nations title since 2013.
The two mid-table teams, Scotland and France, bring the curtain down on round four at BT Murrayfield on Sunday. A win for France could put Les Bleus back in contention for the title, but Scotland will want to consign to history their recent poor run of results in the RBS 6 Nations at their historic home.
IRELAND v ITALY
Saturday March 12,2016, 1.30pm - ITV
Facts and Figures
- Ireland are without a victory in their last four test matches and have not gone five games in succession without a win since 2012.
- Ireland’s only defeat at Aviva Stadium in the RBS 6 Nations since 2012 came when England were the visitors in 2013.
- Italy’s most recent victory came against Romania in Exeter in the last pool game of RWC2015.
- The Italians have only twice before won a round 4 encounter in the RBS 6 Nations, against Wales in 2007 and France in 2011.
- Italy have won just one of their last 21 fixtures with Ireland: 22-15 in Rome in the RBS 6 Nations in 2013.
- Italy have not scored a try against Ireland since Leonardo Sarto crossed during the 2014 RBS 6 Nations encounter at Aviva Stadium, 215 playing minutes ago.
- Italy’s only previous victory at Lansdowne Road/Aviva Stadium was 37-29 in January 1997.
ENGLAND v WALES
Saturday 12 March, 4pm - ITV
Facts and Figures
- England have won their last four test matches since their defeat to Australia during RWC2015.
- England have begun their RBS 6 Nations campaign with victories in the first three rounds and have five times before started with four straight wins, the last in 2013.
- England have not been defeated at Twickenham in the RBS 6 Nations since Wales had an opportunity to take the triple crown in 2012 and won 19-12.
- Wales are unbeaten in their last seven RBS 6 Nations matches since England beat them in Cardiff in round 1 last year.
- Wales have won on two of their last three visits to Twickenham to face England – during the 2012 RBS 6 Nations and at RWC2015.
- England have won their last two encounters with Wales in the RBS 6 Nations but have not won three in a row against them since 2004.
- England are attempting to claim a 25th Triple Crown since their first in 1883, although just three of those have been claimed during the RBS 6 Nations era.
SCOTLAND v FRANCE
Sunday 13 March, kick-off 3pm - BBC
Facts and Figures
- Scotland’s victory in Italy in round three ended their nine game losing run in the RBS 6 Nations. The Scotsmen have not won successive matches in the Championship since 2013.
- Scotland have been victorious in a round 4 encounter just once since 2001: beating England 15-9 at BT Murrayfield in 2008.
- Scotland have lost their last seven RBS 6 Nations encounters at BT Murrayfield and have never before lost eight in a row at home in the 133 year history of the Championship.
- France’s only away victory in any test since they last visited BT Murrayfield in 2014 came on a trip to Rome in round 4 last year.
- France have won their last ten test matches against Scotland since their 16-20 reversal at BT Murrayfield in the RBS 6 Nations a decade ago.
- France have won on their last four visits to BT Murrayfield and have never won five in row at Scotland’s headquarters.