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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 March, 2005, 22:27 GMT
Who will win the Six Nations title?
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Jeremy Guscott Keith Wood Andy Nicol Jonathon Davies

Just as on the field, the honours among our BBC pundits were decided on the final weekend between Wales and Ireland in Cardiff.

And appropriately enough, Jonathan Davies backed his country to beat Ireland, and thus secured his own victory as King of the Pundits.

The Welsh legend called all three matches right on the final weekend to finish with 12 out of 15 predictions correct.

He pipped former Ireland captain Keith Wood, who got 11 matches right, by one.

Andy Nicol edged Jeremy Guscott for third place, the former Scotland captain calling 10 matches correctly, with former England centre Guscott managing only nine.

See how their predictions unfolded throughout the tournament (the winners of every match are highlighted in bold).

France v Scotland
Wales v England
Italy v Ireland

Italy v Wales
Scotland v Ireland
England v France

Scotland v Italy
France v Wales
Ireland v England

Ireland v France
England v Italy
Scotland v Wales

Italy v France
Wales v Ireland
England v Scotland

Grand Slams are always difficult to come by, and I don't think any one side will win all their games this year.

The Championship is between England, France and Ireland. Any one of them can beat the other on a given day.

I could see Ireland beating either England or France at home, but not both.

If anyone does a Slam it could be France. Their pack is awesome but it is tough to win all five. The top three will all turn each other over.

VERDICT: THREE-WAY TIE - IRELAND ON POINTS DIFF.
P W D L Pts
Ireland 5 4 0 1 8
England 5 4 0 1 8
France 5 4 0 1 8
Wales 5 2 0 3 4
Italy 5 1 0 4 2
Scotland 5 0 0 5 0

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France v Scotland
Wales v England
Italy v Ireland

Italy v Wales
Scotland v Ireland
England v France

Scotland v Italy
France v Wales
Ireland v England

Ireland v France
England v Italy
Scotland v Wales

Italy v France
Wales v Ireland
England v Scotland

With so many retirements and injuries, it will be very hard for England in Cardiff.

Wales have had four brilliant games recently and lost all four, so the time is right for them to win a big one.

Things have been building for Ireland and I think this is the year. There is a great chance to win a Grand Slam.

We need to stay relatively injury free but a lot of things are stacked in our favour and we need to take all that is coming our way.

VERDICT: IRELAND FOR THE GRAND SLAM
P W D L Pts
Ireland 5 5 0 0 10
France 5 4 0 1 8
Wales 5 3 0 2 6
England 5 2 0 3 4
Italy 5 1 0 4 2
Scotland 5 0 0 5 0

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France v Scotland
Wales v England
Italy v Ireland

Italy v Wales
Scotland v Ireland
England v France

Scotland v Italy
France v Wales
Ireland v England

Ireland v France
England v Italy
Scotland v Wales

Italy v France
Wales v Ireland
England v Scotland

The Championship is the most open in years. It is hard to pick between the big three, with Wales just behind.

Wales have produced some outstanding rugby in the past 18 months without winning the big games but that will happen at some point.

Sadly it looks like Scotland and Italy at the bottom again, but we have a chance to close the gap on Wales.

I think the gulf in class is too great between Scotland and England, France and Ireland.

VERDICT: TWO-WAY TIE - FRANCE ON POINTS DIFF.
P W D L Pts
France 5 4 0 1 8
England 5 4 0 1 8
Ireland 5 3 0 2 6
Wales 5 2 0 3 4
Scotland 5 2 0 3 4
Italy 5 0 0 5 0

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France v Scotland
Wales v England
Italy v Ireland

Italy v Wales
Scotland v Ireland
England v France

Scotland v Italy
France v Wales
Ireland v England

Ireland v France
England v Italy
Scotland v Wales

Italy v France
Wales v Ireland
England v Scotland

The Championship is so open this year and could be shared. It is so close to call.

If Wales win on the opening weekend, they could win the title but the loss of Colin Charvis is a big blow. It may tip the balance to England.

Ireland have played well recently and have England and France at home so you have to fancy their chances.

But I think they might come unstuck in Cardiff. Scotland will be competitive but need to sustain it longer in games.

VERDICT: TWO-WAY TIE - FRANCE ON POINTS DIFF.
P W D L Pts
France 5 4 0 1 8
Ireland 5 4 0 1 8
England 5 3 0 2 6
Wales 5 3 0 2 6
Scotland 5 1 0 4 2
Italy 5 0 0 5 0

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