Former England centre Will Greenwood has looked into his crystal ball for The Telegraph and has made his predictions for the 2020 Six Nations.
“Post World-Cup seasons are strange – it is now four years since England went out of the World Cup in the group stage and then a few months later won a Grand Slam,” wrote the England legend in his column for the Telegraph.
“Now Shaun Edwards is there as part of their new coaching staff, and given how well they have played intermittently over the past couple of years, I am fascinated by France this year.
“The safe bet in ‘even’ years is England, when because of the schedule they face Wales and Ireland at home. But given France face England on the opening weekend and start with two games at home, not forgetting either that they have not won the tournament since 2010, it feels overdue.
“Wales will have a new coaching staff for the first time in 12 years and Andy Farrell will be bedding in with Ireland.
“Watching how well certain French players performed in Japan, including Camille Chat, Jefferson Poirot, Antoine Dupont and Vakatawa, that France team, if they get off to a flyer with two home wins, will be full of confidence. I am not saying they will a Grand Slam, but the title is definitely possible if they overcome England on the opening weekend.”