This weekend’s predictions

Date published: February 26 2016

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

What a schedule this weekend provides as the Six Nations is joined by Super Rugby, Premiership, PRO12 and Top 14 action. It's a busy one.

As always, Paddy Power is our chosen bookmaker for rugby betting so without further ado, let's go through the markets and pick some gems.

Six Nations

Wales v France

Once again Paddy Power has the special of if your winning first try-scorer scores a second try in this match, they will double your odds. Let's get on Wales wing George North here at 9/1 as he looked to be back to somewhere near his best form last time out for his country.

The match itself looks like ending in a Welsh win – if they can avoid an arm-wrestle – and we go for Wales by 1-12 points which is 13/10.

Italy v Scotland

Dubbed the wooden spoon decider, Italy and Scotland will fight it out on Saturday in a game we think the visitors will sneak by 1-5 points. That winning margin in Rome is priced at 9/2 but if you think it will be an Azzurri victory by the same margin, that can be taken at 13/2.

Outside centre Michele Campagnaro is a very good price of 6/1 to cross in 80 minutes while John Hardie for Scotland (11/2) also looks good.

England v Ireland

Last but by no means least, Twickenham is the setting for England's first home match. They are 2/7 favourites or minus 8 on the handicap. We think Ireland are worth backing with that head-start as it's unlikely Joe Schmidt's men will be brushed aside. They are 16/5 outright.

There's a few match specials from Paddy Power and we like England captain Dylan Hartley to receive a yellow card, which is priced at 9/1.


Super Rugby

Let's go for a possible big payout on the opening round of this competition and put a four-player anytime try-scorer accumulator together. Ruan Combrinck (Lions, 11/10), Charlie Ngatai (Chiefs, 10/3), Willie le Roux (Sharks, 9/5) and Dillyn Leyds (Stormers, 9/5). That's 78/1.


Premiership

Sale v Saracens: Sale by 5
Northampton v Worcester: Northampton by 2
Gloucester v Newcastle: Gloucester by 10
Exeter v Bath: Exeter by 3
Leicester v London Irish: Leicester by 15
Wasps v Harlequins: Wasps by 12


PRO12

Connacht v Ospreys: Ospreys by 3
Treviso v Munster: Munster by 2
Edinburgh v Scarlets: Scarlets by 5
Cardiff Blues v Ulster: Ulster by 5
Zebre v Leinster: Leinster by 15

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