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The 2014 Six Nations gets underway on Saturday when defending Champions Wales go in search of a hat-trick of successes against Italy.
Warren Gatland’s side began last season’s tournament with a defeat against the Irish but bounced back to
The Welsh will be hot favourites against the Italians after suffering just one defeat in their last 10 games.
Gatland has named Sam Warburton on the bench as he continues his return following injury however the biggest surprise in the starting XV comes at 10 where Rhys Priestland gets the nod ahead of Dan Biggar.
The Italians meanwhile beat both France and Ireland last year on their way to a fourth place finish but with a host of players out through injuries they face a tough ask in Cardiff.
Benetton Treviso winger Angelo Esposito will make his debut joining an inexperienced backline that includes Michele Campagnaro and Leonardo Sarto in the centres and Tommaso Allan at fly-half.
Saturday’s evening game will see a young England team hoping to keep impressive recent record against France when they travel to Paris.
Stuart Lancaster’s men have won six out of their last eight matches against the French including three out of their last four in Paris.
In addition to that the English will be confident given their opponent’s record in Test Rugby in 2013.
France have won just two of their last 11 matches although when you factor in they played New Zealand four times and the Springboks once, then things don’t seem quite as bad for Philippe Saint-Andre and his men.
Les Blues can both brilliant and frustrating in equal measure and it remains to be seen which team will turn up, the side that finished bottom last year or the one that the Grand Slam in 2010, which was also the last tournament following a Lions tour.
The action comes to a close on Sunday when Ireland take on Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.
The Irish will hope to get off to a strong start when they play Scotland in Dublin following a poor tournament 12 months ago that saw them finish second bottom of the table, level on points with surprise wooden spoon side France and below Italy.
The game marks the first time that former Leinster coach Joe Schmidt takes charge of a six nations match having replaced Declan Kidney last year.
The New Zealander saw his reign get off to a mixed start in the November series with a straight win over Samoa followed up with a poor display at Australia and that heart-breaking defeat to the All Blacks.
Schmidt makes just three changes to the side that lost to New Zealand with Andrew Trimble, in for his first cap since November 2012, Luke Marshall and Chris Henry coming in for the injured Luke Fitzgerald, Tommy Bowe and Sean O’Brien.
Scotland meanwhile traditionally have a strong record against Ireland winning 66 of their 128 matches but they have not won a game on the opening weekend of the 6 nations since the 2006 win over France, with their last away in the tournament coming in Dublin in 2010.