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The first rest week of the Guinness Six Nations is done, and thankfully it's back to business this weekend!

The third round of 2019 sees France host Scotland, England make the journey along the M4 to Cardiff to play Wales, then Ireland take on Italy in Rome on Sunday.

France v Scotland – (Saturday 23rd February, 2.15pm, live on BBC)

Coming off back to back defeats by Wales and England, Jacques Brunel has made 4 changes to his France side.

22-year-old Antoine Dupont will start at scrum-half, with Romain Ntamack (3 years his junior) outside him, and making only his second Test start. 

Brunel says he has dropped Morgan Parra and Camille Lopez - who were critical of the coaching team after their hammering by England - on merit and not for insubordination.

Gregor Townsend named his Scotland side early on Thursday morning, as the team aim to get back on track following a home defeat by Ireland. 

Pete Horne replaces Finn Russell, who suffered a head knock playing for Racing 92, while Stuart Hogg and Huw Jones are replaced by Blair Kinghorn and Nick Grigg respectively.

Magnus Bradbury is rewarded with a start after a man of the match performance with Edinburgh last weekend, as the Scots look for a first win in Paris since 1999.

Wales v England – (Saturday 23rd February, 4.45pm, live on BBC)

With no real injury concerns after making 10 changes against Italy, Warren Gatland has chosen Gareth Anscombe ahead of Dan Biggar in the number 10 jersey.

Although Leigh Halfpenny has been deemed fit, Gatland hasn't selected the fullback who has been out since November following concussion.

Back-to-back bonus point wins so far in the tournament for England have made them overwhelming favourites for the tournament.

 

Eddie Jones has 2 enforced changes - the injured pair of Chris Ashton and Mako Vunipola are replaced by Jack Nowell on the right wing and Ben Moon at loosehead prop.

Italy v Ireland – (Saturday 23rd February, 3.00pm, live on ITV)

Italy captain Sergio Parisse -  who holds the record of 67 Six Nations appearances - is out, after suffering concussion playing for his club Stade Francais at the weekend.

The loss of his skipper is a huge blow to Conor O’Shea, as his Italy look for a first Championship victory since 2015.

Ian Henderson is available for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland for the first time this year, but has to make do with a spot on the bench.

 

A win at BT Murrayfield last time out got the Irish campaign back on track, and they'll be looking for a bonus point victory in Rome to keep the pressure on England. 

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