It should be the last day, the Grand Finale, of this season’s Six Nations. It’s not the former. Postponement of the France-Scotland match at the end of last month, means that game has still to be played, perhaps next Friday evening. Nevertheless, today may yet be the effective finale, for it may involve Wales being crowned as champions, winners even of a Grand Slam.
Before the tournament this would have seemed an improbable outcome. After a dismal record since Wayne Pivac replaced Warren Gatland as their coach – three wins in ten matches in 2020 – few, even in Wales, had high expectations. Yet, here we are. Wales have played four, won four, and play in Paris knowing that even a draw or a defeat with a losing bonus point will secure them the title, so long as France don’t score four tries and come away with only four championship points.