"Epic finale" - Schedule confirmed for 2024 Six Nations Super Saturday - Ruck

“Epic finale” – Schedule confirmed for 2024 Six Nations Super Saturday

The much-anticipated 2024 Six Nations Super Saturday is set to commence with confirmed kick-off times, amidst fervent excitement as four nations remain in contention for the coveted title.

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Kicking off the proceedings this weekend, Italy managed to clinch their first Six Nations home victory since 2013, fending off relentless late pressure in a gripping encounter that dealt a significant blow to Scotland’s title aspirations following a dismal second-half collapse in Rome.

Following suit, England delivered a dramatic finale as Marcus Smith’s last-gasp drop-goal sealed a stunning victory over Ireland, dashing their hopes of securing consecutive Grand Slams in a pulsating Six Nations clash at Twickenham.

Sunday’s spectacle witnessed a display of sheer dominance from France, showcasing an exquisite exhibition of attacking prowess as they overwhelmed a resilient yet winless Wales side in an electrifying showdown in Cardiff.

As anticipation builds for the forthcoming weekend, three enthralling fixtures are slated for a single day, culminating in a highly anticipated clash between France and England in Paris, promising to be a spectacle not to be missed.

Round five

Saturday, March 16: Wales v Italy,

  • Kick-off: 2.15pm
  • Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
  • Referee: Mathieu Raynal (Fra)
  • Channel: BBC

Saturday, March 16: Ireland v Scotland 

  • Kick-off: 4.45pm
  • Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Referee: Matthew Carley (Eng)
  • Channel: ITV

Saturday, March 16: France v England

  • Kick-off: 8pm
  • Venue: Groupama Stadium, Lyon
  • Referee: Angus Gardner (Aus)
  • Channel: ITV

“Still a chance” – How England can win the 2024 Six Nations next weekend

Despite Ireland holding the advantage, thanks to their bonus points, the competition is far from decided, leaving room for various outcomes among the trio.

Next Saturday, all eyes will be on Dublin as Ireland hosts Scotland at 4:45 pm, while England faces off against France in a high-stakes clash kicking off at 8:00 pm.

For a comprehensive preview of the upcoming matches and insights into the pivotal England vs. Ireland showdown, Stephen Ferris provides an expert analysis.

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How Ireland Might Secure the Championship Despite a Loss

Even if Ireland falls to Scotland, there’s still a path to the Championship. If they manage to secure a losing bonus point along with a try bonus point, they’ll reach 18 points, making it impossible for any other team to surpass them.

Alternatively, if Ireland loses to Scotland but England fails to secure a win against France, Ireland would be on at least 16 points, with England only able to reach 14 points with a draw.

Even with just one bonus point from their match against Scotland and England winning in France without a bonus point, Ireland would still edge ahead with 17 points, leaving England on 16. This scenario would mark a historic first for a team not winning the most games in the Six Nations yet clinching the championship.