Six Nations: Round 4 Preview
7th March 2017
With just two rounds remaining in the 2017 RBS 6 Nations there is an outside chance that the title will be wrapped up before round five, but that makes two huge assumptions: that Ireland will lose in Wales and that England will beat a resurgent Scotland, even then bonus points may delay the silverware presentation until the final weekend.
Round four begins in Cardiff, and for the seventh time a round starts with a Friday night encounter. All of those previous matches have involved Wales, only two of which they have won.
Five of the games have been at Principality Stadium but Ireland have never before featured in a Friday night Championship showdown.
The Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy is up for grabs in Rome on Saturday as Italy try to register a first league point of the campaign, but France will be anxious to turn a three-game winning run against the Azzurri into four.
Twickenham Stadium then takes centre stage for what could be the match of the round with the Calcutta Cup on offer for the victors, but that could be overshadowed with a first Triple Crown in 27 years for Scotland, or maybe a second successive RBS 6 Nations title for England on the way to possible back-to-back Grand Slams.
Whatever the final results this weekend, bars up and down the country are sure to be swelled with rugby revellers.
Six Nations: Round 4 Fixtures
Friday 10 March
Wales v Ireland kick-off 8.05pm | Live on BBC1
Saturday 11 March
Italy v France kick-off 1.30pm | Live on ITV
England v Scotland kick-off 4pm | Live on ITV
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