Who are the pundits predicting to win the Six Nations?

Rich Dore
01 February 2020

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The wonderful annual occasion of the Guinness Six Nations is finally on our doorsteps and conversations around homes, rugby clubs and pubs are all turning to predictions for the Championship.

Who’s going to take the title? Will there be a Grand Slam? And which player will be the Player of the Championship or surprise of the Championship?…We took those questions to the world of sporting pundits.

The results are in and the big one, which country will lift the crown, you may not like but has been dominated by England with 66% of our 40 pundits picking Eddie Jones’ men. 16% opted for France and 11% for Wales, but 84% suggest there will be no Grand Slam in 2020.

Player of the Championship – perhaps unsurprisingly given his club form – the all-powerful Virimi Vakatawa gets nine votes as the popular choice, Tom Curry second with six votes.

The Surprise of the Championship was more conclusive with Leinster and Ireland bolter Caelan Doris running with his Saturday debut to take 12 votes, Louis Rees-Zammit next best with 5.

Here is how each pundit voted…

Paul Williams | @thepaulwilliams

  • Winner = Wales
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Virimi Vakatawa
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Andrew Conway

Ben Coles | @bencoles_

  • Winner = France
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Virimi Vakatawa
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Nick Tompkins

Simon Thomas | @simonrug

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Tom Curry
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Will Rowlands

Paul Eddison | @pauleddison

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = Yes
  • Player of the Tournament = Sam Underhill
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Anthony Bouthier

Sean Holley | @_seanholley

  • Winner = Ireland
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Johnny Sexton
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Caelan Doris

Lauren Jenkins | @laurenemmaj

  • Winner = France
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Dan Biggar
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Louis Rees-Zammit

Ross Harries | @rossharries1

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Antoine Dupont
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Caelan Doris

Murray Kinsella | @Murray_Kinsella

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Taulupe Faletau
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Caelan Doris

Mark Palmer | @MarkPalmerST

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Virimi Vakatawa
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Conor Murray

Bernard Jackman | @bernardjackman

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = Yes
  • Player of the Tournament = Virimi Vakatawa
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Caelan Doris

Nick Heath | @nickheathsport

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Tom Curry
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Matthieu Jalibert

Russ Petty | @rpetty80

  • Winner = England No
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Virimi Vakatawa
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Caelan Doris

Alex Shaw | @alexshawsport

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Jordan Larmour
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Sekou Macalou

Ali Stokes | @alistokesmedia

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Jordan Larmour
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Caelan Doris

Rhiannon Garth Jones | @rhigarthjones

  • Winner = France
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Damian Penaud
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Johnny McNicholl

Andy McGeady | @andymcgeady

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Virimi Vakatawa
  • Surprise of the Tournament = John Cooney

Robert Rees | @Rreesrugby

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Maro Itoje
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Caelan Doris

Charlie Morgan | @CharlieFelix

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = Yes
  • Player of the Tournament = Antoine Dupont
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Johnny McNicholl

A huge thanks also to the rest of rugby’s independent minds who cast a vote:

Squidge Rugby | @squidgerugby

  • Winner = France
  • Grand Slam = Yes
  • Player of the Tournament = Damian Penaud
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Sekou Macalou

DrivingMaul | @drivingmaul

  • Winner = France
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Stuart Hogg
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Romain Ntamack

Geraint Davies | @daviesGDD

  • Winner = Wales
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Aaron Wainwright
  • Surprise of the Tournament = John Cooney

threeredkings.com | @threeredkings

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = Yes
  • Player of the Tournament = Tom Curry
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Caelan Doris

theloosehead.com | @TheLooseH

  • Winner = Wales
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Virimi Vakatawa
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Louis Rees-Zammit

The Pen | @thepenGW

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Teddy Thomas
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Louis Rees-Zammit

The Thistle | @thistlerugbypod

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Tom Curry
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Louis Carbonel

On Rugby (Italy) | @onrugby_it

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Jake Polledri
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Louis Rees-Zammit

RucknRoll | @RnRRugby

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Tom Curry
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Johnny McNicholl

Cardiff Rugby Life | @cardiffrugbyweb

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = Yes
  • Player of the Tournament = Teddy Thomas
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Caelan Doris

EdinBru Rugby | @EdinBruRugby

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Aaron Wainwright
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Matthieu Jalibert

Scottish Rugby Podcast | @ScotRugbyBlog

  • Winner = Scotland
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Jamie Ritchie
  • Surprise of the Tournament = George Horne

The Attacking Scrum | @attackingscrum

  • Winner = France
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Virimi Vakatawa
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Caelan Doris

Craggy Rugby Podcast | @craggyrugbypod

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Antoine Dupont
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Louis Rees-Zammit

The 2nd Row | @the2ndrow

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Damian Penaud
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Caelan Doris

Rugby Scribbler | @RugbyScribbler

  • Winner = Wales
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Owen Farrell
  • Surprise of the Tournament = George Horne

West Terrance View | @WTView

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Owen Farrell
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Caelan Doris

Try Hards Pod | @TryHardsPod

  • Winner = Ireland
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Virimi Vakatawa
  • Surprise of the Tournament = John Cooney

Ball Handling Hooker | @BHHooker

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = Yes
  • Player of the Tournament = Damian Penaud
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Huw Jones

Neil Keegan | @nkeegan

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Garry Ringrose
  • Surprise of the Tournament = France

The Rugby Club | @_TheRugbyClub

  • Winner = England
  • Grand Slam = No
  • Player of the Tournament = Tom Curry
  • Surprise of the Tournament = Tommaso Allan

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