Paris, France (4E Sports) – Ireland can secure its first Six Nations crown since 2009 and second championship trophy since 1985 with a victory over France Saturday at Stade de France.
Based on current statistics, the title is within reach for Ireland as its points difference is 49 superior to England heading into the final round of fixtures.
However, England can win the Six Nations title to go with its first Triple Crown in 11 years with a 50-point win over Italy and France pulling off an upset over Ireland.
If Italy wins over England and France beats Ireland, a winner-take-all match will be played between the two countries.
Ireland is expected to go all-out in honor of Brian O’Driscoll, the most-capped player in the history of the game, as he plays his last game for his home country.
“It wasn’t emotional beforehand,” said O’Driscoll. “I was very focused on the game. Yeah, I got emotional at the end. It’s kind of hard to take it all in. I think maybe when I go back and look over it again I’ll probably get more emotional then. But it was very, very special, if a little embarrassing. But it was still great.”
“I feel we have the capability of winning there, of course, more so now than at many other times that we’ve gone over there,” added O’Driscoll on next Saturday’s showdown for the title.