The Six Nations is up and running, with the opening round of fixtures providing rugby fans with a serious dollop of drama last weekend. Ireland ran out dominant winners over France in Marseille in the opening match of the tournament, Italy gave England a bit of a scare before the Red Roses came back to win it in Rome, while Wales and Scotland played out a humdinger of a tie in Cardiff, which the hosts lost by a point.
The competition lived up to its billing as the best rugby tournament in the world, and the next installment is just around the corner. Round two gets under way this weekend and this is everything you need to know.
Kick-off times for second round
Saturday, February 10
- Scotland v France – 2.15pm – Edinburgh
- Live stream on BBC’s iPlayer
Gregor Townsend and Co will still be breathing a huge sigh of relief after their nail-biting win over Wales last weekend. Scotland were utterly dominant in the first half but fell to pieces in the second, nearly allowing the home side to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. France will arrive in the Scottish capital smarting from their loss to Ireland – a game in which they were second best from the first whistle. This one will be fascinating to watch
- England v Wales – 4.45pm – London
- ITV1 and S4C
- Live stream on ITVX or S4C Clic
Both teams are embarking on rebuilds following the Rugby World Cup with well-established players now out of the picture. England are without the likes of Owen Farrell and Courtney Lawes, with Marcus Smith missing this one through injury. Warren Gatland, meanwhile, has turned to youth and has made several changes to his starting XV from the clash against Scotland last Saturday. Eyes will also be on England’s Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, the Cardiff-born winger named among the replacements, who opted for the white shirt of England over the red jersey of Wales.
Sunday, February 11
- Ireland v Italy – 3pm – Dublin
Live stream on ITVX
Andy Farrell’s men will be looking to follow up that dominant showing against France when Italy arrive at the Aviva Stadium in the final match of round two. The Irish already look like nailed-on championship winners and will have a Grand Slam in their sights. Jack Crowley, who caught the eye in Marseille last Friday, will be hoping to lay down another marker as he takes on the No.10 shirt mantel from Johnny Sexton.