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Twickenham ready for Saturday storms but all looks set fair for Wales | Robert Kitson | Sport

Rarely has the country been in greater need of a glorious Six Nations finale as a distraction from real life. Even Theresa May might benefit from putting her feet up, pouring a glass of something chilled and settling down to watch someone else try to reshape history. If the prime minister thought Westminster was lively this week, she should check out a grand slam decider in Cardiff.She might also recognise a couple of familiar themes. Should Wales mark Warren Gatland’s Six Nations farewell with a third grand slam in 11 years, at least one prominent British leader will leave this year with honour intact. Alternatively, England could still sneak up and secure an outcome that appeared to have been scuppered in Cardiff last month. Gatland, Eddie Jones and Joe Schmidt are not Brexit experts but they are past masters at finding 11th-hour solutions.Why Manu Tuilagi’s Racing snub is a victory for Leicester and England | Ugo Monye Read more Had Ireland not contrived to lose to England on the opening weekend, it would be Schmidt calling all the shots now. Instead the pimpled Gilbert is in Wales’s court, despite the domestic uncertainty still raging in the regions. If the red army are weary, as Jones has helpfully suggested, it is small wonder. Should Alun Wyn Jones’s frontrunners secure a grand slam, they really will have done so the hard way.The latest diversion is the proposed Nations Championship which, in theory, would incorporate the Six Nations into an annual global competition with a grand final between the top two northern and southern hemisphere sides at its apex. It is worth pausing momentarily to contemplate how Wales would be feeling if the proposal were already reality. Would a grand slam still feel as special if the ultimate goal was another seven games distant? Or what about Scotland and France, snookered by their sluggish start to the calendar year for the next nine months? Those who say the Nations Championship would have no effect on the Six Nations are not taking human nature into account.Wales have proved mentally tougher than anyone else. It will be a surprise if they dissolve nowIt is much simpler to concentrate on the present, rather than dwell upon the historical parallels with 2005 when Mike Ruddock’s side beat Ireland 32-20 to secure Wales’s only previous Six Nations slam in an odd-numbered year. While Rome is hardly a modern rugby fortress, it would still be some achievement to sweep the board having played three away games. Few were betting on it in Paris last month when Wales were 16-0 down at half-time to a distinctly mortal France.So can they now seal the deal? Given they are presently on a 13-Test unbeaten run, self-belief is not an obvious problem. The last 15 minutes of their victory over England are still wedged in the memory: the unbending example of Alun...

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