One of essentially the most eagerly-awaited Six Nations will unfold over the following two months with Ireland and France frontrunners for the title.
Here are six gamers to look at over the 15 video games.
Jac Morgan, Wales, flanker
Former Wales boss Wayne Pivac was by no means totally satisfied by Morgan, even declining to choose him for the 2022 tour to South Africa due to his dimension, however a blockbusting autumn modified that. The 23-year-old is the most recent expertise to emerge from the Welsh again row manufacturing line and can supply high-value contributions on each side of the ball.
One of the sport’s most inventive gamers was initially ignored for the autumn by Scotland boss Gregor Townsend, however to the facet’s profit he was recalled when damage struck down Adam Hastings. A genius on his day, Russell has the imaginative and prescient to unpick any defence and even permitting for the occasional implosion, the Scots should make him the fulcrum of their sport.
Ange Capuozzo, Italy, full-back
Shot to fame throughout final 12 months’s Six Nations when he made the dazzling run that led to Italy’s match-winning attempt towards Wales, however a sport earlier he scored twice off the bench towards Scotland. In a sport populated by giants, the 23-year-old Toulouse flyer has the instincts, footwork, dummy and pace to shred defences. A field workplace expertise.
Ollie Hassell-Collins, England, wing
It is a time of flux for England on the wing with veterans Jonny May and Jack Nowell discarded for the Six Nations, giving hope to the likes of Hassell-Collins. Big, highly effective and quick, the uncapped London Irish participant has the bodily presence to make an impression on opposition defences, whereas his willingness to go searching for the ball makes him a persistent menace.
Josh van der Flier, Ireland, again row
Even in a settled staff bristling with high-quality gamers, Van der Flier stands out. The 29-year-old flanker began all 11 of Ireland’s Tests in 2022 and was topped World Rugby participant of the 12 months having already received the identical model of the European award. Not the largest again row within the sport however packs a punch, most noticeably as an improved service.
Gregory Alldritt, France, quantity eight
Alldritt has few chinks within the armour and will declare to be the perfect quantity eight within the sport proper now. The 25-year-old La Rochelle again row hyperlinks superbly with scrum-half Antoine Dupont and may shred defences along with his energy within the carry, sensible offloads and acceleration. Also a menace on the breakdown the place he usually plunders turnovers.