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FACTBOX-Rugby-Six Nations final-round permutations

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    Oct 29 (Reuters) - Ireland, England and France are locked in
a three-way title chase heading into the final round of the Six
Nations championship on Saturday.
    FIXTURES (kickoff times in GMT)
    Wales v Scotland at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli (1415)
    Italy v England at Stadio Olimpico, Rome (1645)
    France v Ireland at Stade de France, Paris (2005)
    POINTS TABLE (points difference)
    1. Ireland    14   (+38) 
    2. England    13   (+15)
    3. France     13   (+13)  
    4. Scotland   10   (+14)
    5. Wales       7   (+25)
    6. Italy       0   (-105) 
    Round 1
    Wales 42-0 Italy
    Ireland 19-12 Scotland
    France 24-17 England
    Round 2
    Ireland 24-14 Wales
    Scotland 6-13 England
    France 35-22 Italy
    Round 3
    Italy 0-17 Scotland
    Wales 23-27 France
    England 24-12 Ireland
    Round 4
    England 33-30 Wales
    Scotland 28-17 France
    Ireland 50-17 Italy
    Here is what each of the three title contenders - Ireland,
England and France - need to do if they are to be the ones
celebrating a title triumph this weekend.
    - Table-toppers Ireland are the only team controlling their
destiny, with a bonus-point victory away to France will give
them an unassailable lead at the top of the table.
    - If Ireland secure a win without the four-try bonus point,
while England claim a five-point win in Rome, then both teams
would be level on 18 points. The title would then come down to
points difference, with Ireland currently 23 points better off
than England in that department.
    - If they end up level on both points and points difference,
then Ireland hold a healthy advantage over England in the next
tiebreak - tries scored (14 to 9).
    - If England lose or draw against Italy, then a win or a
draw would ensure Andy Farrell's Ireland lift the trophy.
    - Ireland's title chances would evaporate if they lose on
    - The simplest route to the title is a bonus-point win over
Italy coupled with Ireland failing to beat France. That would
hand England the title unless France manage a five-point win in
Paris and their margin of victory was at least two points
greater than England's.
    - If England end level on points with Ireland at the top
then it comes down to the points difference, with Eddie Jones'
side trailing Ireland by 23 in that department.
    - If both England and France collect four or five points to
finish atop the table, then it will again come down to points
difference. England hold a +15 to +13 advantage.
    - France must beat Ireland in Paris and better England's
result in Rome to win the title.
    - If both France and England get a four-point victory or a
five-point victory, then France must notch a margin of victory
at least two points greater than England's.
    - If England and France end level on points difference then
it's France who hold the advantage as the next tiebreaker is the
number of tries scored (France lead 13 to 9).

 (Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru
Editing by Christian Radnedge)