A further examination of the opening two rounds also tells us that the two teams that have happened to play at home on both weekends are, yes you’ve guessed it, Ireland and France.
With regards injuries the bottom line is that when England have to play without the Vunipola brothers and Manu Tuilagi they become very average. With that trio in the team they are pretty much guaranteed to win the collision contest in every game.
To put it another way, it could well be the case that the team that wins the most penalties will come out on top. Those two things are not always the same thing. CJ Stander will certainly be hoping to have a more lenient referee this time around, as against Wales the French referee Romaine Poite was not a fan of the Munster man’s jackaling technique on the deck.