Purely from a Wales supporter's point of view
, France's loss to Italy isn't necessarily a good thing.
They lost to the Azzuri in 2011, and then came back the week after and beat the hell out of Wales. And guess who Wales are playing next weekend?!
Selection wise, I'd be looking at trying a North/Roberts combo in the centre, with 1/2p and Cuthbert on the wings, Hooky at outside half and Byrne at 15. I think North would have MUCH more of an impact in the centre, especially when paired up with Roberts. Crash ball, cross the gain line, deliver quick ball to Phillips who (if he's not moaning about something to the ref) in turn would supply either Halfpenny or Cuthbert. Just my 2p worth.
The tournament is wide open now. England looked good, but remember they played Scotland who historically haven't been one of the better teams. The chariots could fall apart out in Ireland, and Ireland have both England and then France at home, so have the home advantage.
I'm going to stick my neck out and go for Ireland for the Grand Slam this year.