England’s three-time Grand Slam winning captain Will Carling believes Fabien Galthié’s France side could taste success in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations, in what will be one of the most open Championships in recent times.
With a number of nations going through a transitional phase, this year the trophy seems up for grabs, with the 54-year-old’s eyes being drawn to a side full of bright young talent.
“I think France have quietly put together a very powerful team and I think they’ve been quiet for a little bit too long, so I think keep an eye out for them,” the former England centre said.
“Obviously Ireland and Wales have new head coaches, and Italy, so you’d think all of that will be interesting to see what effect that has.
“Fingers crossed, I’ve got to be honest, I hope England go quite well.”
Carling was also excited by the wider range of stats on offer this year, with Amazon’s cloud service, AWS, providing new real-tome rugby statistics to give fans even more information and insight into what is happening on the pitch.
“With this latest tranche of data from AWS, I think we’ll be grateful, new fans, even older fans, because they’ve just got a depth to them and a real insight to them that I think fans will find interesting.
“One of the new interesting stats that will be interesting will be ‘Visits to 22’. That one will be crucial, you can get into the 22 five times ,but if you score no points, it’s not great. So I think that will be fascinating.”