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Six Nations review

21st March 2013 15:08

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Six Nations bagdges

As we do after a major tournament, we review the state of affairs in each of the competing nations.

Click on each nation for a full review.

France
A Wooden Spoon - France's first in the six-team era and only their second in 44 years - has resulted critics of the pre-tournament favourites calling, in vain, for Philippe Saint-André's head.

Ireland
Ireland opened their campaign with such promise that after 43 minutes against Wales many considered them contenders for the title. Unfortunately, that opening period was as good as it got.

Italy
Success! At long last, Italy have managed to back up claiming one big scalp with another. The result? Their best Six Nations to date.

Scotland
Scottish supporters would have been forgiven for biting your hand off if offered the option of a third-placed finish in the Six Nations.

England
You're only as good as your last game is a notion that has been dug up over how this English team's campaign has panned out. Harsh? Maybe.

Wales
It's hard to believe that a few weeks ago the Welsh public were baying for Rob Howley's blood, on the back end of an eight-game losing streak and that had crushed all confidence.

2013 Six Nations statistics
The best individual performers and the head-to-head numbers from the fifth and final round.

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