(1) England (2) France (3) Ireland (4) Wales (5) Italy (6) Scotland England are by some distance the best team in the NH, as proven by the World Cup. France should finally do something big - they nearly beat Wales in the World Cup, the Jiff rules are gradually strengthening the national team and they have all those successful U20s players coming into the senior ranks. Ireland still have strong provinces and will do OK, but will probably lose away to England and maybe to France as well. Wales have a lot of injuries and the Ospreys are extraordinarily bad at the moment. (Yes I know the regions have never really been that successful, and Welsh rugby at international level has risen above that and the endlessly poor form of the Dragons in particular, but having a really poor Ospreys team too might prove too much this time). Italy were impressive in pockets of the World Cup, and I expect them to finally break their losing 6N streak at home against Scotland, who bombed out of the World Cup ignominiously, and I think it is their turn for the Wooden Spoon.