Ireland v Wales Odds : Six Nations team news and match guide, plus Scotland v England
Latest Ireland v Wales odds from the Six Nations, plus Scotland v England in what is a busy afternoon of international rugby.
Italy, Scotland and England will all be out to make sure that they are still in contention for the Six Nations Championship when round 2 gets underway later today.
All three suffered opening day defeats and a second defeat would rule out any chance of success and condemn the losers to an unwanted battle for the wooden spoon.
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Ireland 5/6, Draw 22/1, Wales 5/4
Scotland 5/1, Draw 33/1, England 1/5
France 1/19, Draw 66/1, Italy 6/1
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England meanwhile have won five of their last six clashes with Scotland, the only blot on the copybook a 15-15 draw in Murrayfield in 2010. The English can consider themselves unlucky not have left France with a win, a last gasp try from the French sealing a narrow two point win.
The level of the performance by England is reflected in the fact that Stuart Lancaster has kept faith with the same 15 for the trip to Edinburgh.
Scotland meanwhile, without a Calcutta Cup win since 2008, have dropped Kelly Brown in favour of Chris Fusaro with Matt Scott coming Duncan Taylor at centre and winger Tommy Seymour in for the injured Sean Maitland the other changes that Scott Johnson makes.
Italy will hope to bounce back from their opening day defeat to last year’s winners Wales when they make the tricky trip to Paris to take on France.
The Italians surprised many last year when they beat the French at home but a repeat would be a major surprise against Philippe Saint-Andre’s side that appeared to have found their feet after an inconsistent 12 months.
Yannick Nyanga and Louis Picamoles impressed last weekend for the French while Gael Fickou’s last minute heroics as a substitute set up the last gasp win.
While the Italian will have their work cut out securing back to back wins over Les Blues they will take hope from their second half performance in Cardiff and the individual efforts put in by Michele Campagnaro, Sergio Parisse, Edoardo Gori and Tommaso Allan all of whom impressed against the Welsh.
The action gets underway at 2.30pm on Saturday when Ireland, impressive in the second half of their clash with Scotland, take on a Wales side that flattered to deceive against Italy.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt have stuck with 13 of the 15 men that disposed of Scotland. Ulster pair Luke Marshall and Dan Tuohy are the two to make way with Gordon D’Arcy and Captain Paul O’Connell returning to the side.
The Welsh meanwhile have recalled Lions captain Sam Warburton to their side as they look to avenge last year’s defeat at home to the Irish.