Six Nations 2019 Super Saturday - Team Announcements & Kick Off Times
March 14, 20192 min read
Well it's finally here, the day all rugby fans love - Super Saturday! A day when we can sit in the rugby club and watch three games of international rugby back to back. Living the dream!
Super Saturday 2019 consists of the three derbies - Italy host France in Rome to start things off, Wales go for the Grand Slam against Ireland in Cardiff, before Scotland visit Twickenham looking for their first away win over England since 1983.
Italy v France – (Saturday 16th March, 12.30pm, live on ITV)
A disappointing campaign for both sides will come to an end in the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday, with Italy looking for their first tournament win since 2015, and France with just a win over Scotland to show so far.
Conor O’Shea has made five changes to his starting XV, with Marco Zanon in for Michele Campagnaro at 13, while up front there are starts for Leonardo Ghiraldini, Tiziano Pasquali, David Sisi and Jake Polledri.
France have blown hot and cold this tournament, and go into this match off the back of a defeat against Ireland where 2 late tries helping the scoreboard look better than they probably deserved. .
Jacques Brunel named an unchanged side last week, but has made six alterations this weekend, with Wesley Fofana, Maxime Medard, Yacouba Camara, Gregory Alldritt, Paul Willemse and Etienne Falgoux all coming into the starting lineup.
Wales v Ireland – (Saturday 16th March, 4.45pm, live on BBC)
The Grand Slam dream is 80% there! Victories over England, Italy, France and Scotland have taken Wales to the brink in Warren Gatland's final Six Nations.
Wales have no new injury worries, so name the same starting XV and bench as in Edinburgh last week.
Liam Williams, their only doubt, has shaken off a shoulder injury to once again wear the number 15 jersey.
For Ireland, Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien both return to the starting lineup. and Tadhg Beirne will make his Six Nations debut in the second row.
Joe Schmidt's charges can still win the title, but to do so would require them stopping Wales' Grand Slam bid and also hope that Scotland upset England.
England v Scotland – (Saturday 16th March, 5.00pm, live on ITV)
The Calcutta Cup. What a game to finish a tournament!
England are the massive favourites going into the game, and Eddie Jones has named a strong side.
Joe Cokanasiga impressed last week, but has been dropped altogether and replaced by the fit-again Jack Nowell.
There are also recalls for prop Ben Moon, centre Henry Slade and flanker Mark Wilson in a game which will see Ben Youngs become England's most capped scrum-half with his 85th appearance.
Gregor Townsend has had more than enough injury worries this Six Nations, and is now missing Jamie Ritchie, Tommy Seymour and Blair Kinghorn from last weekend.
However, in a rare bit of good news for Scotland, Sean Maitland is fit to start at 15, Sam Skinner starts the back row and Ben Toolis is rewarded for his season with Edinburgh by coming in for Jonny Gray.
Hamish Watson starts after his hugely impressive cameo from the bench against Wales.
So, that's the teams. Who do you think will come out on top when all is said and done?