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6 Nations 2017

4th February - 18th March

The stage is set for the 2017 RBS 6 Nations and it promises to be the kind rugby spectacle that only the 6 Nations can deliver. The introduction of bonus points means we will be seeing more tries than ever before. And the prospect of a place on the Lions tour will means we will be seeing Home Nations performing at a whole new level.

Find everything you need for the 6 Nations right here, with squad lists, fixtures and all the kit you need to show your support.

Pick your team!

Ireland

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2017 Position

2nd

Games Won

2/5

Points Scored

10

LIFE AFTER BEATING THE ALL BLACKS

Last years tournament didn't go exactly to plan. The Ireland team seemed unorganised without the calming influence of some retired greats and they won only as much as they lost. Irish Rugby has bounced back after beating the one fixture that seemed unbeatable. Their victory over the All Blacks last year will give them all the confidence they need to become Six Nations champions again.

Ireland start off their campaign in Edinburgh against Scotland. A tough away game but an excellent chance to start their campaign off with a win.

Squad

IRELAND MATCH SQUAD TO FACE ENGLAND
Starting VX
1. Jack McGrath, 2. Rory Best (Cap), 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Donnacha Ryan, 5. Iain Henderson, 6. CJ Stander, 7. Sean O’Brien, 8. Jamie Heaslip, 9. Kieran Marmion, 10. Johnny Sexton, 11. Simon Zebo, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 13. Garry Ringrose, 14. Keith Earls, 15. Jared Payne
Replacements
16. Niall Scannell, 17. Cian Healy, 18. John Ryan, 19. Devin Toner, 20. Peter O’Mahony, 21. Luke McGrath, 22. Paddy Jackson, 23. Andrew Conway.

Scotland VS Ireland1 Scotland VS Ireland2 Italy VS Ireland3

England

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2017 Position

1st

Games Won

4/5

Points Scored

18

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

There were doubts last year that new coach, Eddie Jones, would have had enough time to shape a 6 Nations winning team. A Grand Slam and undefeated streak later, England now face a very different kind of pressure. Easily the favourite to take the trophy again, the England squad is sure to form the backbone of the Lions squad this summer. Who will outdo themselves in the championship to earn their spot?

England will face France in their Twickenham Fortress to start off their campaign in what is sure to be an electrifying game. Can England get back to back Grand Slams?

Squad

ENGLAND MATCH SQUAD TO FACE IRELAND
Starting XV
1. Joe Marler, 2. Dylan Hartley (Cap), 3. Dan Cole, 4. Joe Launchbury, 5. Courtney Lawes, 6. Maro Itoje, 7. James Haskell, 8. Billy Vunipola, 9. Ben Youngs, 10. George Ford, 11. Elliott Daly, 12. Owen Farrell, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 14. Anthony Watson, 15. Mike Brown.
Replacements
16. Jamie George 17. Mako Vunipola 18. Kyle Sinckler 19. Tom Wood 20. Nathan Hughes 21. Danny Care 22. Ben Te’o 23. Jack Nowell.

England VS France1 England VS France2 England VS Scotland1

Wales

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2017 Position

4th

Games Won

2/5

Points Scored

9

GEARED UP WITHOUT GATLAND

Wales haven’t won the tournament in four years and now they need to do it without their most trusted General. Warren Gatland will be watching closely but the fate of Wale’s 6 Nations campaign is out of his hands. Rob Howley has taken temporary control of the iconic rugby side and the WRU has even enlisted Gold Medal winning Fiji coach, Ben Ryan, to help fill the void.

Wales have the talent and support to win the tournament and came a close second to an unstoppable English side last year. They will play Italy in Stadio Olympico first and will hope to seize those crucial new bonus points to start their campaign off with a bang.

Squad

WALES MATCH SQUAD TO FACE FRANCE
Starting XV
1. Rob Evans 2. Ken Owens 3. Tomas Francis 4. Jake Ball 5. Alun Wyn Jones (Cap) 6. Sam Warburton 7. Justin Tipuric 8. Ross Moriarty 9. Rhys Webb 10. Dan Biggar 11. Liam Williams 12. Scott Williams 13. Jonathan Davies 14. George North 15. Leigh Halfpenny.
Replacements
16. Scott Baldwin 17. Nicky Smith 18. Samson Lee 19. Luke Charteris 20. Taulupe Faletau 21. Gareth Davies 22. Sam Davies 23. Jamie Roberts

Italy VS Wales1 Italy VS Wales2 Wales VS England1

France

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2016 Position

3rd

Games Won

2/5

Points Scored

10

ONWARDS

The most unpredictable of the 6 Nations, France have a rich if checkered history in this Championship. Having not made the top three spot in the 6 Nations since 2011, things have to improve. Guy Noves was newly in charge of the team last year and has had plenty more time to shape his plan this year. Will the old France return?

They'll have a tough job getting started. A first game away against reigning Grand Slam Champions is a daunting first game but if anyone can do it, France can.

Squad

FRANCE MATCH SQUAD TO FACE WALES
Starting XV
1. Cyril Baille, 2. Guilhem Guirado (Cap), 3. Rabah Slimani, 4. Sebastien Vahaamahina, 5. Yoann Maestri, 6. Fabien Sanconnie, 7. Kevin Gourdon, 8. Louis Picamoles, 9. Bapstiste Serin, 10. Camille Lopez, 11. Virimi Vakatawa, 12. Gael Fickou, 13. Remi Lamerat, 14. Noa Nakaitaci, 15. Brice Dulin.
Replacements
16. Camile Chat, 17. Uini Atonio, 18. Eddy Ben Arous, 19. Julien Le Devedec, 20. Bernard Le Roux, 21. Antoine Dupont, 22. Francois Trinh Duc, 23. Yoann Huget.

France

Italy

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2017 Position

6th

Games Won

0/5

Points Scored

0

FOUNDATIONS OF HOPE

Italy have languished in the 6 Nations for years but there is a sense of hope and purpose in the air as they head into the 2017 Championship. New Head Coach, Conor O'Shea might be just what Italy needed to make more impact in the tournament and with the seemingly immortal Sergio Parisse still on board, Italy could break from tradition this year.
Not to be underestimated, Italy will be the team to cause upsets and will be looking to capitalise on the transitional stages their opponents have found themselves in.

SQUAD

ITALY MATCH SQUAD TO FACE SCOTLAND
Starting XV
1. Andrea Lovotti, 2. Ornel Gega, 3. Lorenzo Cittadini, 4. Marco Fuser, 5. George Biagi, 6. Maxime Mbanda, 7. Abraham Steyn, 8. Sergio Parisse (Cap), 9. Edoardo Gori, 10. Carlo Canna, 11. Giovanbattista Vendetti, 12. Luke McLean, 13. Tommaso Benvenuti, 14. Angelo Esposito, 15. Edoardo Padovani.
Replacements
16. Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17. Sami Panico, 18. Dario Chistolini, 19. Andries Van Schalkwyk, 20. Federico Ruzza, 21. Francesco Minto, 22. Marcello Violi, 23. Luca Sperandio .

Italy

Scotland

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2017 Position

5th

Games Won

2/5

Points Scored

9

COTTERS LAST HURRAH

In recent years, Scottish Rugby, has been on the frustrating edge of great things. Two wins and three narrow losses last year was an improvement on the year before but still not good enough from a team that is brimming with potential. As this will be the last Championship for the attitude transforming Vern Cotter, Scotland will be looking to send the coach out with a rarely seen smile.

Scotland have a home game to kick things off against Ireland. They fell 10 points short last year in Dublin, they'll be hoping the home advantage makes up the difference.

Squad

SCOTLAND MATCH SQUAD TO FACE ITALY
Starting VX
1. Gordon Reid, 2. Ross Ford 3. Zander Fagerson, 4. Richie Gray, 5. Jonny Gray, 6. John Barclay (Cap), 7. Hamish Watson, 8. Ryan Wilson, 9. Ali Price, 10. Finn Russell, 11. Tim Visser, 12. Alex Dunbar, 13. Huw Jones, 14. Tommy Seymour, 15. Stuart Hogg.
Replacements
16. Fraser Brown, 17. Allan Dell, 18. Simon Berghan, 19. Tim Swinson, 20. Cornell Du Preez, 21. Henry Pygros, 22. Duncan Weir, 23. Matt Scott.

Scotland VS Ireland1 Scotland VS Ireland2 Scotland vs. Wales1