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by Andy Hutchinson January 31, 2018

This weekend sees the start of the 2018 NatWest Six Nations tournament, and it's shaping up to be one of the most fiercely contested to date. 
 
We have put together all the team and squads announcements into one easy to find place, and will keep this page updated as all 6 nations name their teams for the opening round. 
 
Wales were first to name their team, Warren Gatland's injury hit side including 10 Scarlets players, six of them in the backs. Worcester Warriors wing Josh Adams is the only uncapped player to start in Cardiff. 
 
 
Scotland have had problems too, their front row being decimated with injuries and suspensions, leading to Gordon Reid and Jon Welsh starting against Wales. Gregor Townsend has also moved Huw Jones in one position from outside centre. and former captain Greig Laidlaw could make his first international appearance in 12 months from the bench.
 
Jacques Brunel was only handed the France job at the end of December, and the former Bordeaux Begles head coach has picked his first side ahead of Saturday's opener with Ireland in Paris, which includes 2 uncapped players in 19-year-old Matthieu Jalibert at stand off and Geoffrey Palis at full-back.
 
Joe Schmidt's Ireland side contains plenty of familiar faces, alongside three players who will make their Six Nations debuts in Jacob Stockdale, Bundee Aki and James Ryan. Elsewhere, Josh van der Flier replaces the injured Sean O'Brien in the back row.
 
 
Back to back champions England face Italy in Rome to kick off their defence of the Six Nations trophy, and Eddie Jones has named a couple of surprise starters. Despite being out since mid-October with an ankle injury and last playing for England almost a year ago, Ben Te'o starts in Rome, and Mike Brown has recovered from an eye complaint to take his place at full back. 
 
Italy lost all 5 games last season without scoring even a bonus point, and Conor O'Shea's 2018 squad contains some inexperienced players, but Sergio Parisse will captain the side in his 130th test.
  
That concludes the lineups for Round 1 of the 2018 NatWest Six Nations. 
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