Six Nations 2021 predictions: Will this years competition be a two-horse race between England and France? – Telegraph.co.uk

Gavin Mairs

  1.  England
  2. France
  3. Ireland
  4. Scotland
  5. Wales 
  6. Italy

England managed to win the Autumn Nations Cup without getting close to their best and have the benefit of three games of Twickenham, including against a resurgent France. What a game that should be. Ireland look best-placed to lead the chasing pack, their opening round game against Wales could be hugely influential on defining the middle order. Scotland the dark horses. 

Sir Ian McGeechan

  1. England 
  2. France
  3. Scotland
  4. Ireland
  5. Wales
  6. Italy

The 3:2 home:away ratio is arguably less critical this year than it usually is. But home advantage should still make a difference. England have three home games, including France, which is the key one. I’ve gone with Scotland in third place on the basis they also have three home games, including both Ireland and Wales.

Mick Cleary

  1. England
  2. France
  3. Ireland
  4. Scotland
  5. Wales
  6. Italy

England may not be winning hearts and minds but they are winning titles. They managed to add two more bits of silverware to the Twickenham trophy cabinet in the autumn and even if they have picked up some injuries, suspensions and cry-offs in the forward pack, they have so much depth that they will be able to make up for any seeming shortfall. Factor in too that they have three matches at Twickenham, a considerable advantage in particular given that France are one of the visitors, Covid notwithstanding.  By the time England arrive in Dublin on the final weekend, a Grand Slam will be within their grasp. Ireland, of course, would like nothing more to spoil that party (again) but new coach Paul O’Connell will have to work his magic on the pack if they are to keep England in check. France are a delight in potential, Scotland, too. Wales face a tough few weeks, a feeling all too familiar to Italy.  

Ben Coles

  1. England
  2. Ireland
  3. France
  4. Wales
  5. Scotland
  6. Italy

England’s draw, starting at home to Scotland and Italy, should give them enough of a headstart to afford one slip-up away at either Wales or Ireland. France will miss Vakatawa.

Charlie Morgan

  1. England
  2. France
  3. Scotland
  4. Ireland
  5. Wales
  6. Italy

England’s resources mean they remain my favourites despite absences and they should pip France. Wales, in a potentially messy period of transition, are still ahead of Italy. Scotland against Ireland at Murrayfield in round four looks to be the most compelling best game. I will back the hosts, provided Finn Russell is there.

Tom Cary

  1. France
  2. England 
  3. Ireland
  4. Wales
  5. Scotland
  6. Italy

Yes, England have France at home but they almost lost the Autumn Nations Cup final to a B-string Bleus at HQ. With their best players available, more time in camp under Shaun Edwards, and a still-quiet Twickenham, France could exact revenge for that last-gasp defeat. Ireland will be dangerous if they win away in Cardiff first up.

Richard Bath

  1. England
  2. France
  3. Scotland
  4. Ireland
  5. Wales
  6. Italy

With three home games, England are rightly favourites, while shaky Wales should (just) edge Italy. Expect England in Dublin, Ireland at Murrayfield, and Wales in Rome to be the key match-ups.

Charles Richardson

  1. France
  2. England
  3. Scotland
  4. Ireland
  5. Italy
  6. Wales

There is a chance that I will not receive the warmest of welcomes on St Mary’s Street or Chippy Alley, but Wales could trip up on their intimidating trip to Rome. Scotland will put a few noses out of joint, while France will win for the first time since 2010; but the meeting with England at Twickenham will thwart their Grand Slam hopes.