Six Nations Fixtures 2014: Live Stream Info, Updated Table and Predictions

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Six Nations Fixtures 2014: Live Stream Info, Updated Table and Predictions
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It all comes down to the final weekend of this year's Six Nations Championship with three teams still in with a shot of claiming glory.

While Ireland are in pole position going into Saturday's games due to their superior points difference, England and France are in the mix having also picked up six points from the first four matches.

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If England beat Italy in Rome in the lunchtime game, they will be looking for the French to do them a favour by beating the Irish.

However, if England lose, the final match of the tournament in Paris becomes a winner-takes-all affair.

The matchup between Wales and Scotland in Cardiff is very much a mid-table contest, with neither side fighting for the title.

See below for an updated table ahead of Saturday's action as well as predictions for each fixture. 

Live stream info: All matches can be streamed live on the BBC iPlayer.

Six Nations Standings (as of 14 March)
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Pts Diff. Pts
Ireland 4 3 0 1 81 6
England 4 3 0 1 32 6
France 4 3 0 1 3 6
Wales 4 2 0 2 -5 4
Scotland 4 1 0 3 -43 2
Italy 4 0 0 4 -68 0


Italy vs. England

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Kicking off first on Saturday, England will simply have to try to win by as many points as possible in their pursuit of Six Nations glory.

As reported by Rob Wildman in the Daily Mailcoach Stuart Lancaster is keen for a strong finish to the tournament. "The Wales result was very significant for us but we need to finish the tournament well in Rome," he said.

"We have had a tight turnaround and the key this week has been to manage the players' recovery and get them in the best shape for what will be a tough match against Italy."

Manu Tuilagi returns to the squad and could be used as an impact substitute.

Meanwhile, Italy will be looking for their only win of a poor tournament, and skipper Sergio Parisse returns to the side having been rested against Ireland.

Prediction: England's quality will tell, and Lancaster's side should run out easy winners. The only question will be whether they can score enough points to put pressure on Ireland for their game against France.


Wales vs. Scotland

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Neither side has had a particularly good tournament. Wales have lost badly to Ireland and England, while Scotland should have beaten a poor French side last time out.

Leigh Halfpenny will not play after suffering an injury at Twickenham, and Liam Williams will come in to take his place at full-back.

Despite being a bit of a place-holder on this final day of the tournament, this game will be toughly fought as each side looks to finish well in the competition.

Prediction: Wales have the home advantage and should make that count. The Cardiff crowd will likely roar their team home to a win.


France vs. Ireland

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The final game of this year's tournament will appropriately decide the destination of the Six Nations trophy for 2014.

It will be Brian O'Driscoll's final international game, but Ireland will hope that the emotion of the occasion does not have a negative impact on their performance.

Joe Schmidt's side will likely need only the narrowest of wins to claim the title, but a horrendous record in Paris over the last four decades may prey on the nerves.

France's tournament has been one of wild inconsistency, but they are still in with a chance of the title. If Italy can beat England to open the door for the French, Ireland could be in for a fight.

The Irish will have to fight hard to claim the trophy, but their performances so far this tournament suggest they have what it takes to claim their first championship win since 2009.

Prediction: It will be close. The Paris environment galvanises the French team, but Ireland should have enough quality to claim the win they need.

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