Our Guinness Six Nations Predictions for 2024
16 January 2024
Regardless of which team you support, the upcoming Guinness Rugby Six Nations is looking to be an exciting one. Take a look at our Account Executive, Matt Wootten’s Six Nations Predictions for who will win this year’s tournament.
By the time February arrives, the squad will most likely have a new look, missing key names such as Farrell, Lawes and Curry. This provides an opportunity for Will Evans or Jack Willis to step up for Steve Borthwick’s side. What we saw in France during the World Cup was a resilient England side that can challenge the top teams across the world – so I am hopeful to see more of this in the 2024 Six Nations campaign, especially with the key fixture against Scotland at Murrayfield.
Key England Fixtures at Twickenham:
- ENGLAND VS WALES – 10th February
- ENGLAND VS IRELAND – 9th March
The World Cup looked very promising for Wales as they dominated the group stages, including a 34 point victory against Australia. However, Wales unfortunately fell short in the Quarter Final against Argentina. With Jack Morgan leading Wales, there is a lot to look forward to for this Welsh squad. The Six Nations 2024 may be a little too soon to compete with Ireland and France, but Wales certainly have an outside chance.
Key Wales Fixtures at the Principality Stadium:
Ireland have been dominant over the past few years. Despite an early exit from the World Cup, they showed that they were capable of beating South Africa in the group stages and pushing New Zealand until the final minute of the Quarter Final. However, this Six Nations squad is missing their previous captain and top point scorer, Johnny Sexton. Personally, I think that Ireland’s greatest strength is in their forwards, who can match any team physically and ultimately is the reason why I think they will win back-to-back Six Nations and possibly another Grand Slam.
Key Ireland Fixtures at the Aviva Stadium:
Scotland have looked very strong in recent years, with the emergence of Duhan Van De Merwe and the excellence of Finn Russell. They will be looking to impress at the Six Nations, after a disappointing World Cup campaign, and there is no doubt that Scotland are capable of beating any team, which always makes them a great team to watch. Ultimately, I think they may fall short in tricky fixtures against Ireland in Dublin and Wales in Cardiff.
Key Scotland Fixtures at BT Murrayfield:
Despite not necessarily getting positive results, Italy play some amazing rugby. In general, the team has a lot more strengths than what we have seen in Sergio Parisse’s era, giving the star, Ange Capuzzo, a solid platform to bring a spark to the Azzurri. Without a doubt, Italy are still the underdogs of the tournament but I would not be surprised if they managed to avoid the wooden spoon in 2024.
Key Italy Fixtures:
France have been dominant in European’s premier club competition this year with star players such as Damian Penaud and Thomas Ramos coming into the Six Nations on incredible form. They will give France the best chance of reaching the top and I think they were unlucky not to get there in the 2023 World Cup. If they can start well against Ireland on 2nd February, I think we will see a Grand Slam win for Les Bleus. However, one unknown to look out for is the use of different stadiums for the home games next year, instead of the Stade de France, which had been their fortress.
Key France Fixtures:
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