So the big one, the Six Nations, whats your thoughts on round 1 and predictions for the tournament?
Round 1 was was really interesting and so I predicted before the six nations started, which I’m not just saying now but I predicted France to win, Ireland 2nd, Scotland 3rd and England 4th, Wales 5th and Italy 6th Thats the order, I did it in the Mail before so there is evidence!
I still think that's going to be true. Over the weekend of round 1 I predicted Ireland would beat Wales by 20 points. I thought Wales in Dublin is a very different prospect, because they’ve had a few senior leadership issues. Wales have kind of almost a team transitioned, they won the championship last year but I didn’t think they deserved to. They won 2 games to the red cards and I thought they were probably in around 3rd but they were actually the top side.
I think France are looking very dangerous. Ireland go to France this weekend, Jonny Sexton is not going to be fit, I think he’s got a hamstring injury so I think France will beat Ireland. Ireland then have to go to England, that's going to be a big game. I think England will have some bodies back, big game this weekend is Scotland - Wales. If it was any year before I would always say Scotland would win that but I think Wales coming off the back of a beating in Ireland could make it close. I think France will be too strong for everyone. I think Ireland would but slightly concerned on the way to Paris. Scotland have beaten England but I still don’t think they’ll win it but they have got France in Scotland so it’ll be interesting.
(Note: this interview was recorded on Thursday February 10th, prior to Round 2 of the 2022 Six Nations tournament)