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Six teams will contest 15 matches across five weekends in a race to be crowned champions and it all starts in Rome, where Italy host France at the Stadio Olimpico.
England and Scotland will renew their historic rivalry at Twickenham just hours later, marking the first time they have met in London since the epic 38-38 draw from two years ago.
England – Thursday, 11am
Eddie Jones is the first man to name his XV and he will face the press at 11am to walk everyone through his Calcutta Cup line-up.
The front row will also be interesting, with first-choice props Kyle Sinckler and Mako Vunipola unavailable. Ellis Genge, who scored the winning try against Scotland last year, could start at loosehead.
France – Thursday, 11.30am
Last year’s runners-up France will reveal their team for Round 1 just half-an-hour after England, as they prepare for the trip to Rome.
Head coach Fabien Galthie will be without key centre Virimi Vakatawa, who pulled out with an injury this week, and he could be replaced by the talented Arthur Vincent.
Scotland – Thursday, 12pm
Scotland have not won the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham since 1983 but they have good memories of their last trip, when they surged from 31-0 down to draw 38-38.
Italy – Thursday afternoon
Franco Smith is building for the long-term with Italy and that is likely to be reflected in his team to face France in the Guinness Six Nations opener.
Smith will reveal his team on Thursday afternoon.
Ireland – Friday, 12pm
Sunday’s two teams will name their squads at the time and there will be plenty of interest in Dublin when Andy Farrell announces his starting XV.
Ireland are confident they will have a fully fit squad to choose from but captain Johnny Sexton picked up a slight hamstring strain last week, while winger James Lowe has not played since November.
Wales – Friday, 12pm
Wales have not lost a Championship home match to Ireland since 2013 and head coach Wayne Pivac will hope that continues this weekend.
The enduring appeal of the Guinness Six Nations means it is followed by rugby fans new and old, from the seasoned supporters to those who are discovering the uniquely intense rivalries for the first time.
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Charles Ollivon (France)
There are points on offer for all sorts in Fantasy Rugby but ultimately, tries are the difference-maker.
Players earn 15 points for crossing the whitewash and the man doing just that more often than anyone else in last year’s Championship was France skipper Charles Ollivon, who dotted down on four occasions in 2020.
Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)
Speaking of great value, Ireland’s Tadhg Beirne could prove to be a snip at 11 stars.
As a Grand Slam winner in 2003, Rowntree knows a thing or two about competing in the Championship and his ringing endorsement is worth noting.
Tom Curry (England)
With a point on offer per tackle and two for any deemed dominant tackles, any of England’s well-drilled packs are worth a look.
The Sale Sharks man made 72 tackles in last year’s Championship – a tally only topped by Maro Itoje (80) among the victorious England squad.
Jamie Ritchie (Scotland)
Standing two places above Curry in last year’s leading carriers chart was Scotland flanker Jamie Ritchie, who set off on 50 ball-carrying expeditions in the 2020 Championship.
Brilliant at the breakdown – Ritchie won six turnovers in last year’s Guinness Six Nations – and tenacious in the tackle, the 24-year-old will be looking to build on the display which saw him win the Player of the Match award in Scotland’s 14-10 victory over Wales in October.
BT Murrayfield is Ritchie’s second home and he recently signed the longest contract extension in Edinburgh history – with three games in the Scottish capital to look forward to, the flanker will be key to his side’s chances of success.
Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
Last but by no means least is another world-class back-row option, Wales star Taulupe Faletau.
Ever since playing a starring role in his maiden Championship, helping Wales to a Grand Slam in 2012 at the age of just 21, Faletau has been a pivotal part of his side’s pack and will be as eager as anyone to help his country improve on fifth place last time out.
He was at his rampaging best in Wales’ most recent international, the 38-18 Autumn Nations Cup win over Italy in December.