This weekend’s predictions

Date published: February 12 2016

South Africa v Wales - Quarter Final: Rugby World Cup 2015

It is that time of the week when we put our heads on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's predictions.

Ding ding, round two for the Six Nations as France and England look to make it two wins from two in this year's Championship, with Italy, Scotland, Ireland and Wales (who drew last weekend) looking for their first victory.

Paddy Power is our chosen bookie for our rugby bets so without further ado, let's get stuck in to our picks.

Six Nations

France v Ireland

A fascinating game awaits in Paris and it's one we feel Ireland can definitely win, despite the bookmakers being unable to separate them. We like Ireland to win the match at Evens and if you are feeling supremely confident then Ireland to win this one by 6-10 points is 4/1.

After coming close to opening the try scoring in Dublin last week, why not get on CJ Stander to cross first at 18/1 while if you think it will be France starting the stronger then Teddy Thomas is 12/1 to celebrate his return to international action. Leading on from this we're tempted by a couple of outside bets for a try in 80 minutes and they are the powerful Uini Atonio (11/1) and busy prop Jack McGrath (9/1).

Wales v Scotland

Paddy Power are once again offering to double your odds if your winning first try-scorer claims a second score in the game so we're going for Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies (10/1). If however you think it will be a Scottish opening try then Stuart Hogg at 20/1 looks tempting.

This is probably the trickiest handicap of the weekend as 10 points is the negative Wales must beat and Scotland have in their pocket. On paper one would expect Wales to win but the Scots are no mugs and won't be rolled over so let's instead back Wales by 1-12 points at 6/4.

Italy v England

The handicap is 15 points which we think England (10/11) can beat due to their superior bench, which will have a say in the second-half. Because of that market we would advise staying clear of England to win by 13 or more points as the odds of 8/15 don't seem worth taking.

For a win margin why not back England by 21-30 points at 16/5 while on the try-scoring front we like dangerous centre Jonathan Joseph to score in 80 minutes. He is 2/1 with Paddy Power while Owen Farrell, who scored in Italy in 2014, is 3/1 or 18/1 to claim the first try.

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