Six Nations 2020 Week 1 | WAL v ITA | IRE v SCO | FRA v ENG

After a long and arduous few months, international rugby is back this weekend! 

The first round of games of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations kick off on Saturday, with Wales hosting Italy in the tournament opener, Scotland heading over to Ireland, before England and France clash in Paris on Sunday. 

We've put together all the kick off times, squad announcements, team lineups and latest SIx Nations news in one place, making it easy for you to enjoy the tournament! 

Saturday 1st February
Wales v Italy, 2.15pm, Principality Stadium, Cardiff

After the Warren Gatland era came to an end following the 2019 Rugby World Cup, new Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has picked his first Six Nations XV. 

Only Liam Williams had been ruled out with injury, so the former Scarlets boss has an almost full strength squad to pick from as they look for a second consecutive Grand Slam.

WalesJones, Owens, Lewis, Ball, Wyn Jones (c), Wainwright, Tipuric, Faletau; Williams, Biggar, Adams, Parkes, North, McNicholl, Halfpenny.

Replacements: Elias, Evans, Brown, Hill, Moriarty, Webb, Evans, Tompkins.

Former South Africa international Franco Smith is Italy interim head coach for the 2020 Guinness Six Nations, replacing Conor O’Shea who resigned after three years in the role. 

Legendary captain Sergio Parisse will play in the home matches only, as he heads into retirement, and hooker Luca Bigi has taken over as captain.

Italy: Zilocchi, Bigi (c), Lovotti, Zanni, Cannone, Negri, Polledri, Steyn; Braley, Allan, Bellini, Canna, Morisi, Sarto, Minozzi.

Replacements: Zani, Fischetti, Riccioni, Lazzaroni, Budd, Licata, Palazzani, Hayward

Saturday 1st February
Ireland v Scotland, 4.45pm, Aviva Stadium, Dublin

New Ireland head coach Andy Farrell was the first to name his team for the opening round, and has generally stuck with the players chosen by his predecessor, Joe Schmidt. 

Leinster number eight Caelan Doris will make his international debut, with regular number eight CJ Stander moving to blindside flanker, and Peter O'Mahony dropped to the bench.

Ireland: Healy, Herring, Furlong, Henderson, Ryan, Stander, van der Flier, Doris; Murray, Sexton (c), Stockdale, Aki, Ringrose, Conway, Larmour.

Replacements: Kelleher, Kilcoyne, Porter, Toner, O'Mahony, Cooney, Byrne, Henshaw.

Scotland boss Gregor Townsend has had a tough time of it pre-tournament, with Finn Russell excluded from the opener and in-form wing Darcy Graham out injured. 

Stuart Hogg captains the side for the first time, and Australian-born Nick Haining will make his debut. 

ScotlandSutherland, Brown, Fagerson, Cummings, Gray, Ritchie, Watson, Haining; Price, Hastings, Kinghorn, Johnson, Jones, Maitland, Hogg (c). 

Replacements: McInally, Dell, Berghan, Toolis, Du Preez, G Horne, Hutchinson, Harris.

Sunday 2nd February
France v England, 3pm, Stade de France, Paris

New France head coach Fabien Galthie had named a young and inexperienced squad, with plenty of uncapped players, but only 2 make the starting XV to face England.

Flanker Charles Ollivon captains the side, while Montpellier pair Anthony Bouthier and Mohamed Haouas make their debuts.

FranceBaille, Marchand, Haouas, Le Roux, Willemse, Cros, Ollivon (c), Alldritt; Dupont, Ntamack, Penaud, Fickou, Vakatawa, Thomas, Bouthier.

Replacements: Mauvaka, Poirot, Bamba, Palu, Woki, Serin, Jalibert, Rattez.

Moving on from their defeat in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, Eddie Jones picked a 34 man squad with 8 uncapped players.

Jack Nowell and  Billy Vunipola will both miss out through injury


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