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It might seem like a brave prediction to have Wales in the top two. Certainly, recent form indicate that they will struggle especially after a series of dismal performances during the autumn tests which saw the team in complete disarray.
But they are defending champions for a reason. Completing the Grand Slam in 2012, this is a side who is capable of playing good rugby and have a point to prove.
It must be remembered that their recent form slump occurred against southern hemisphere opposition. One must go back to Rugby World Cup 2011 to find the last time Wales lost to a fellow European team.
They have a history of slipping up to teams such as Samoa, where the flair and lack of structure is something Wales don't always handle that well.
But this sort of rugby isn't the favoured brand played in the Six-Nations. The majority of the teams tends to adopt a more conservative brand of rugby, which sees more kicking and more emphasis on the tight.
The return of Warren Gatland to the coaching position will make a difference too, as he will look to continue his successes with his adopted nation. Under Gatland, Wales will look to execute the way they did through late 2011 and early 2012 when they were amongst the best in the world.
They have a strong forward pack, where their tight five will hold its own and the loose forwards will look to get the better of their opponents. They posses, arguably, the best back line of the Six-Nations too, with flair out wide, a dangerous midfield and a world-class half back. The one question remains over the No. 10 jersey, which could determine how good or bad Wales are in this competition.
Key Player: Sam Warburton: At the breakdown there are few better than Sam Warburton, capable of effecting turnovers by the bucket load. He will lead this Wales side, and there will be a lot of responsibility on his shoulders to get this Welsh team firing the way they know they can.
Last Year: Champions and Grand Slam Winners
2013 Prediction: Runners-up