Scotland go in search of another Murrayfield triumph over Grand Slam hopefuls France this weekend, and England will look to put the pressure on the Six Nations leaders with a win over Wales.
The postponement of Ireland’s encounter with Italy due to concerns over the coronavirus leaves just two round-four matches to look forward to.
France passed a big test in their bid to be crowned champions for the first time in a decade when they beat Wales last time out, and now Scotland, buoyed by a win over Italy, will be the next side to try and burst Les Bleus’ bubble.
England are four points behind Fabien Galthie’s side after a defeat of Ireland at Twickenham and will have home advantage again when they take on the defending champions.
With Opta data, we preview the clashes in London on Saturday and Edinburgh.
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England v Wales
– England have won five of their last six games against Wales in the Six Nations, the one defeat coming last year.
– The Red Rose have lost just one of their last 20 home games in the competition (against Ireland in 2018 – W18, D1) and their 18 wins in that time have been by an average margin of 17 points.
– Wales have lost back-to-back matches and have not endured a longer run of defeats in the championship since a five-game drought across the 2006 and 2007 campaigns.
– Wales prop Dillon Lewis has hit more rucks (107) than any other player at the 2020 Six Nations. Maro Itoje (103) is second on the list and the England player has also hit more attacking rucks (85) than anyone else.
Scotland v France
– Scotland have won each of their last two home games against France in the Six Nations, but Les Bleus have won 17 of their last 20 encounters with the Scots in the championship.
– Galthie and Gregor Townsend faced off against each four times in their international playing careers, with the present France head coach coming out on top on each occasion.
– France are the only side to maintain a 100 per cent scrum success rate on their own feed (10/10) in the Six Nations and have the best gain-line success rate of any side (48 per cent).
– Scotland have missed just 46 tackles in the Six Nations this year, the fewest of any side, and subsequently have the best tackle success rate (90 per cent).
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