Four points were awarded for a win. Two points were awarded for a draw. A bonus point was awarded to a team that scored four or more tries in a match or loses a match by seven points or fewer. If a team scored four tries in a match and loses by seven points or fewer, they were awarded both bonus points. Three bonus points were awarded to a team that wins all five of their matches a Grand Slam.
Win, lose or draw, England always grab the headlines. Whoever wins that opening game between England and Ireland not only has a great chance of winning the championship but also winning a Grand Slam.
His focus, professionalism and ruthless kicking game make him one of the best around. Most likely to: Carry on where they left off in and win a second consecutive title. Least likely to: Take their foot off the gas. With coach Joe Schmidt stepping down after the World Cup, the players will be giving their all to deliver the send-off he deserves.
They are so consistent. Their challenge is to not become complacent.
Having won their last nine games, these Welsh dragons are ready to roar on the big stage. Plus, as Warren Gatland prepares to step down after the World Cup, expect an even bigger push for silverware. Least likely to: Be let down by their fans.
The games that might be perceived as their toughest — England and Ireland — are both at home. Most likely to: Show inconsistency out on the pitch, but also a sense of excitement in every match they play.
Least likely to: Win the whole thing. Most likely to: End up in mid-table again. Least likely to: Go down without a fight on home turf.
France were seconds away from beating Ireland last year before a late drop goal turned the match on its head. What can we expect? Most likely to: Finish bottom of the pile.
Least likely to: Pick up their first Six Nations victory since I feel for them, and I just hope they can be competitive.