Weekend in Numbers heading into Super Saturday

Just one round remains in the 2022 Guinness Six Nations with France aiming for the Grand Slam while Ireland hope to pip them to the title.

Just one round remains in the 2022 Guinness Six Nations with France aiming for the Grand Slam while Ireland hope to pip them to the title.

There is plenty still to play for on Super Saturday and we have crunched some of the key numbers ahead of the final set of games.

It all kicks off in Cardiff as Wales play host to Italy, before Ireland take on Scotland looking for a win that would keep the pressure on France.

Les Bleus then welcome England to Paris in the evening kick-off, with an electric atmosphere expected as they go for a first Grand Slam since 2010.

But what are the key numbers to watch out for?

2 – The number of teams still in title contention with one round remaining. While France are favourites as the only side who can still claim the Grand Slam, a slip-up at home to England could open the door for Ireland.

10 – The number of Grand Slams won by the current French coaching staff. Head coach Fabien Galthié won three as a player (1997, 1998 and 2002), while manager Raphaël Ibanez won two (1998 and 2002). Scrum coach William Servat won Slams in 2004 and 2010, while defence coach Shaun Edwards has three to his name from his time coaching Wales, in 2008, 2012 and 2019.

12 – The number of years since Scotland last won in Dublin. That day Johnnie Beattie scored the crucial try in a 23-20 success in Dublin on Super Saturday, a result that guaranteed the title for France before they saw off England to claim the Grand Slam later in the evening. An omen for Saturday perhaps?

20 – The number of matches France have played since they last trailed at half-time. That came in their 2020 Guinness Six Nations defeat to Scotland, the only occasion in which they have trailed after the first 40 minutes under Fabien Galthié. So far in this Championship, Italy are the only team to have led against France.

40 – The number of points Johnny Sexton needs to equal Ronan O’Gara as the record points-scorer in the history of the Guinness Six Nations. While it would take something remarkable for him to achieve it on Saturday, Sexton will have his old fly-half rival in his sights next season.

63 – The number of points scored by Marcus Smith in his debut Championship, the most of any player this year. He should finish the campaign as the top points scorer, with a lead of 19 points from another Guinness Six Nations rookie, Melvyn Jaminet, who has 44 points.

69 – The number of tackles made by Italy captain Michele Lamaro, the most of any player in the Championship. His tally is 19 more than any other player, with compatriot Niccolò Cannone and France’s Anthony Jelonch next on the list.

150 – The number of Wales caps that Alun Wyn Jones will have to his name after Saturday’s clash with Italy. After missing the first four rounds of the Guinness Six Nations with a shoulder injury, Jones has made a remarkable recovery to take his place in the starting XV against the Azzurri.

186 – The number of minutes since Ireland last conceded a try in the Championship. The opposition have scored just three tries against Andy Farrell’s side, with Cyril Baille the last man to cross against them in France’s 30-24 win in Round 2.

1955 – The only previous year in which France had the opportunity to win the Grand Slam on home soil and failed to do so. They were beaten 16-11 by Wales at the Stade Colombes and missed out on a maiden Grand Slam. Les Bleus had to wait a further 13 years for their first clean sweep.