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Who does the Zurich computer say will win the Slam?

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Having said that, the computer has struggled to pick recent Irish results against the big boys, so Ireland's resurgence could yet confound the machinations of the Zurich World Rankings which has picked two results incorrectly in the 12 games so far.

Ireland, currently sixth in the rankings, will be unable to overhaul fifth placed South Africa regardless of the result on Sunday although with over 900 rankings points to their name at present, they are at an all-time high in the Zurich World Rankings.

Meanwhile, England are still ranked at No.1, although they have been unable to stretch their lead over New Zealand after their four expected wins so far and defeat against the Irish will see them drop to second place.

Elsewhere, Wales are tipped to complete their miserable 2003 campaign with a heavy defeat to France in Paris, thus picking up the Wooden Spoon, and, in contrast to their Celtic counterparts across the sea, they are set to finish the Six Nations in their worst position since late 1998.

In Edinburgh, Scotland are predicted to post their second win of the Six Nations with a 26-point victory over the Azzurri.

The next full update of the Zurich World Rankings will be released on April 3.

Zurich Predictions for March 29/30:

Ireland (6th) v England (1st)England by 12 points

France (5th) v Wales (9th) France by 29 points

Scotland  (7th) v Italy (12th)Scotland by 26 points

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