Its that time of year again Fixtures; The bookies are touting France as pre-tourney favourites with odds of around 6/4 Ireland are close behind at 2/1 England 4/1 Wales 5/1 Scotland with a remote chance at 20/1 ....and poor Italy as the usual no hopers with 200/1 Despite what the bookies say I cant really distinguish much between the top 4 teams. Ireland probably have the most confident, steadfast and robust team doing very well at club level recently... but when France are good they are simply fantastic though Im wondering (and hoping) if a Friday night in Cardiff might give them the jitters, whatever the result there will be a fantastic atmosphere. As for Wales and England both are capable of causing an upset and until the first game has passed both remain very much unknown quantities. Scotland are going to struggle and Italy will be looking for a scalp. The battle to avoid the wooden spoon might be a good contest in itself. Thoughts & predictions?