2018 NatWest Six Nations - Round 2

The 19th edition of the Six Nations Championship kicked off last weekend, and what a weekend of rugby it was! In Cardiff, Wales romped to victory over a disappointing Scotland; Paris saw Ireland go through an incredible 41 phases of play well into injury time, a Jonathan Sexton drop goal from miles out sealing the win, and England looked impressive as they scored 7 tries against Italy in Rome. 

It may be less than 48 hours since Round 1 was completed, but Wales have already named their lineup which will take to the field this weekend at Twickenham. The starting XV are unchanged, and the only switch in the replacements sees George North return from injury.

England have made 2 changes from the side which beat Italy - Jonathan Joseph returns to the centre in place of Ben Te'o, who drops to the bench, and Danny Care starts at scrum-half after Ben Youngs suffered a tournament-ending injury.

After last week's disappointing performance and result in Wales, Gregor Townsend has rung the changes in his Scotland team to take on France at BT Murrayfield. In come Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Ryan Wilson, Greig Laidlaw, Pete Horne and Sean Maitland, replacing Jon Welsh, Ben Toolis, Cornell du Preez, Ali Price, Chris Harris and the injured Byron McGuigan. 
Ireland opened this campaign with a dramatic last-gasp victory in Paris thanks to Jonathan Sexton's 84th minute drop goal. and the Leinster fly-half starts against Italy despite a suggestion he may be rested. Uncapped Jordan Larmour is set to make his international debut after being named on the bench by Joe Schmidt.
Italy were on the wrong end of a 46-15 scoreline against England in round 1, and Conor O'Shea has picked a team he feels is capable of getting a result against Ireland when they head to Dublin, making 3 changes. Andrea Lovotti is replaced at loosehead prop by Nicola Quaglio, while Luca Bigi comes in for Leonardo Ghiraldini at hooker and Braam Steyn takes the position of Renato Giammarioli at number eight.

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