January 31, 2019
Finally, it's almost here! The 2019 Guinness Six Nations kicks off on Friday 1st February 2019.
France host Wales in Paris (9pm kick off local time, live on BBC 1) in the opening game, and have included the uncapped pair of 19 year old Romain Ntamack - who has been a regular for Toulouse this season - and South African-born Paul Willemse in their team.
The visitors have named a strong looking side for the trip to the Stade de France, as Warren Gatland begins his final Six Nations in charge of Wales.
On Saturday, Scotland and Italy battle it out at BT Murrayfield (2.15pm kick off local time, live on ITV).
Tradtionally a "wooden spoon decider", Scotland go into the competition this year with a real confidence, especially at home where they haven't lost a Six Nations game since 2016. Gregor Townsend has name a strong lineup, and will had debuts to Sam Johnson and Gary Graham (if he comes off the bench)
Conor O'Shea's Italy haven't wom a game in the tournament since 2015, when they triumphed in Edinburgh. Maxime Mbanda returns after a long run of injuries and David Sisi, the only uncapped player in the squad, starts.
The last game of the weekend will be a stormer, with England travelling to Dublin to take on the 2018 champions, Ireland (4.45pm kick off local time, live on ITV).
Ireland are the favourites for the tournament, and name a settled side, although Robbie Henshaw will switch from his usual midfield role to full-back.
England will have Manu Tuilagi making his first Six Nations start since 2013 as he returns from injury, and Elliot Daly is preferred at full-back to Mike Brown. Interesting call from Eddie Jones, as Brown is usually strong under the high ball game that Ireland like to employ.
Some great looking teams there, and the 2019 Six Nations is ready to go!
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