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Title race set for thrilling finish

This season's RBS 6 Nations title race is set for a thrilling conclusion on Saturday, with the potential champions being crowned in Rome, Edinburgh or London.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the runners and riders and how it could all shape up.

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Leaders England, second-placed Ireland and Wales, in third, are all currently tied on six points. They are separated on points difference, with England's total of plus 37 being four better than Ireland and 25 superior to Wales. So-called Super Saturday sees Wales tackling Italy in Rome, followed by Ireland facing Scotland at Murrayfield, then England hosting France at Twickenham. Fourth-placed France have a distant chance, but they must beat England, while hoping Ireland and Wales both lose.


England are in the box-seat, knowing exactly what they will need to do for the title given that their game concludes Saturday's action. Wales can put down a marker by blitzing Italy, who are without injured captain Sergio Parisse, and they will effectively require a landslide win, unless Ireland and England both lose. If Ireland and England win, it is likely that the title will go to one of those countries.


Six Nations organisers have only two trophies they can present - the original and a replica. They have decided the original should be at Twickenham, with the replica in Edinburgh. Should Wales land the title, they will not receive the trophy until after returning home on Sunday. Sets of winners' medals, though, will be present in all three locations on Saturday.


Wales would provide the most memorable success story, if they come from behind on points difference after losing their opening game to England at home, while Ireland would arguably be the biggest losers if they do not land the title, having been on a Grand Slam trail just six days ago. For their part, England have held the runners-up tag too often and a title triumph would provide a perfect send-off towards the World Cup they will host later this year.


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