Six Nations 2020 Week 2 | IRE v WAL | SCO v ENG | FRA v ITA
February 06, 20203 min read
Well round 1 of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations is done and dusted, and it was certainly an exciting weekend of rugby.
Wales impressed against a poor Italy side in Cardiff, Ireland beat Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in a match that could have gone either way, and France got their campaign off to a flyer with a resounding victory over England.
Round 2 sees Ireland at home again, this time with Wales visiting Dublin. Over in Edinburgh, Scotland and England go head to head, with Eddie Jones' side hoping to win their first Calcutta Cup since 2017, while France and Italy battle it out in Sunday's game in Paris.
Once again, we have put together all the kick off times, squad announcements, team lineups and latest SIx Nations news in one place, making it even easier for you to enjoy the tournament!
Saturday 8th February
Ireland v Wales, 2.15pm, Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Ireland struggled against Scotland last week, but managed to get the victory in Andy Farrell's first match in charge.
The 2 changes this week see Robbie Henshaw and Peter O'Mahony replace Garry Ringrose and Caelan Doris respectively.
Ireland:Healy, Herring, Furlong, Henderson, Ryan, O'Mahony, van der Flier, Stander; Murray, Sexton(c), Stockdale, Aki, Henshaw, Conway, Larmour.
Wales got off to a fantastic start against Italy in Round 1, scoring 5 tries on their way to a 42-0 rout.
Ireland in Dublin will be a much tougher prospect though, but Wayne Pivac has only made one change to his side, Nick Tompkins starting at centre, with Geroge North moving onto the wing in place of Johnny McNicholl.
Scotland v England, 4.45pm, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh
As always seems to be the way with Scotland, it was a case of so near, so far last week. Their forwards stood up to the strong Irish pack, and if it wasn't for skipper Stuart Hogg dropping the ball over the line, it could have been a first victory in Ireland for the first time since 2010
Gregor Townsend has made just one change, with the fit-again Magnus Bradbury coming in for Nick Haining, who impressed on his Test debut.
France caused a massive shock last week, defeating Rugby World Cup finalists England.
Eddie Jones has responded with sweeping changes to his team, three in the forwards where Mako Vunipola returns at prop, George Kruis is picked in the second row and Lewis Ludlam replaces Courtney Lawes in the back row. Amongst the backs, Willi Heinz is in for Ben Youngs at nine and Jonathan Joseph fills in for the injured Manu Tuilagi.
England: M Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Kruis, Itoje, Ludlam, Underhill, Curry; Heinz, Ford, Daly, Farrell, Joseph, May, Furbank.