While it is perhaps one of the most hyped Six Nations in a while it surely is well-founded. The two clear front-runners are England and Ireland and add into the mix two dark horses in the shape of Wales and Scotland, with Scotland in particular being touted as the side to make life exceptionally difficult for England and Ireland. Surely things can’t get any worse for France and Italy and as such there will be at least one big game from one of them somewhere in the tournament.
While a Grand Slam is unlikely for any side, there should be fireworks and drama aplenty and a thrilling five weekends are in prospect. The opening set of fixtures sees Scotland travel to Wales in what should be a fast flowing game, especially if the roof is closed at the Principality Stadium to deal with the expected inclement weather. Ireland travel to Paris which traditionally has been an unhappy hunting ground for them despite the dramatic drops in quality of French sides in recent years. Finally England take on Italy in Rome on the Sunday, and while it should be an easy match to predict remember the drama that unfolded when the two sides met at Twickenham last year.