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Six Nations: All you need to know

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The Guinness Six Nations starts on Saturday 6th February and concludes with a “Super Saturday” on Saturday 2oth March.

Due to the COVID pandemic, the 2020 championship didn’t conclude until 31 October, where England were victorious on points difference ahead of France.

Who will lift the trophy this year?

Here’s our guide to the 2021 Six Nations, including team news and squads of all the the home nations, fixtures, TV coverage and the latest odds for the tournament.

The Squads

England

England have named a 28-man squad for the Six Nations that begins on Saturday 6th February.

Bristol scrum-half Harry Randall and Wasps back Paolo Odogwu have both been named in the squad.

England kick off their campaign against Scotland, who announced their squad on Wednesday, at Twickenham.

All home nations Six Nation’s squads in full;

England Six Nations Squad
Backs: Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Ollie Lawrence, Max Malins, Jonny May, Paolo Odogwu, Harry Randall, Dan Robson, Henry Slade, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs.

Forwards: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Jonny Hill, Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Beno Obano, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola, Harry Williams, Mark Wilson.

 

Wales

Wales have recalled Ospreys flanker Dan Lydiate, but there is no place for scrum-half Rhys Webb in the 36-man squad.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones is hoping to be fit for the opening match after damaging knee ligaments against Italy in early December.

Wales Six Nations Squad
Backs: Gareth Davies, Tomos Williams, Kieran Hardy, Dan Biggar, Callum Sheedy, Jarrod Evans, Johnny Williams, Jonathan Davies, Nick Tompkins, Owen Watkin, George North, Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Louis Rees-Zammit, Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams.

Forwards: Rhys Carre, Wyn Jones, Rhodri Jones, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Ken Owens, Leon Brown, Tomas Francis, Dillon Lewis, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Will Rowlands, Cory Hill, Dan Lydiate, Josh Navidi, Aaron Wainwright, Taulupe Faletau, Josh MacLeod, Justin Tipuric.

 

Scotland

Scotland have named Bath centre Cameron Redpath in their Six Nations campaign. The 21-year-old represented England Under-20s and was called up into the England senior squad without winning a full cap.

Racing 92 fly-half Finn Russell returns after missing the Autumn Nations Cup with a shoulder injury.

Scotland Six Nations Squad
Backs: Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Stuart Hogg, Huw Jones, Blair Kinghorn, James Lang, Sean Maitland, Byron McGuigan, Ali Price, Cameron Redpath, Finn Russell, Scott Steele, Duncan Taylor, Jaco van der Walt, Duhan van der Merwe.

Forwards: Ewan Ashman, Simon Berghan, David Cherry, Alex Craig, Scott Cummings, Allan Dell, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Gary Graham, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Richie Gray, Oli Kebble, Willem Nel, Jamie Ritchie, Grant Stewart, Rory Sutherland, Blade Thomson, George Turner, Hamish Watson.

 

Ireland

Jacob Stockdale’s knee injury has forced Ireland to leave him out of their 36-man Six Nations squad, however prop Tadhg Furlong has been included after returning from long-term injury. Furlong has not played since Ireland’s Six Nations defeat by England in February.

Fly-half Johnny Sexton will continue to captain Ireland.

Backs: Bundee Aki, Billy Burns, Ross Byrne, Craig Casey, Andrew Conway, Shane Daly, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Jamison Gibson-Park, Robbie Henshaw, Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, James Lowe, Stuart McCloskey, Conor Murray, Garry Ringrose, Jonathan Sexton (captain).

Forwards: Tadhg Beirne, Will Connors, Caelan Doris, Ultan Dillane, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Dave Heffernan, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Peter O’Mahony, Tom O’Toole, Andrew Porter, Quinn Roux, Rhys Ruddock, James Ryan, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier.

 

Guinness Six Nations Fixtures

ROUND 1

Saturday 6 February 2021

Italy v France: 2.15pm – Stadio Olimpico, Rome ITV

England v Scotland: 4.45pm – Twickenham Stadium, London ITV

Sunday 7 February 2021

Wales v Ireland: KO 3.00 – Principality Stadium, Cardiff BBC / S4C

 

ROUND 2

Saturday 13 February 2021

England v Italy:  2.15pm – Twickenham Stadium, London ITV

Scotland v Wales:  4.45pm – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh BBC / S4C

Sunday 14 February 2021

Ireland v France:  3.00pm – Aviva Stadium, Dublin ITV

 

ROUND 3

Saturday 27 February 2021

Italy v Ireland:  2.15pm – Stadio Olimpico, Rome ITV

Wales v England: 4.45pm – Principality Stadium, Cardiff BBC / S4C

Sunday 28 February 2021

France v Scotland:  3.00pm – Stade de France, Paris BBC

 

ROUND 4

Saturday 13 March 2021

Italy v Wales:  2.15pm – Stadio Olimpico, Rome ITV / S4C

England v France:  4.45pm – Twickenham Stadium, London

Sunday 14th March

Scotland v Ireland: 3pm – Murrayfield Stadium BBC

 

ROUND 5

Saturday 20th March 2021

Scotland v Italy: 2.15pm – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh BBC

Ireland v England: 4.45pm – Aviva Stadium, Dublin ITV

France v Wales: 8.00pm – Stade de France, Paris BBC / S4C

 

Six Nations Odds

These are the current odds for winning the Guinness Six Nations on Sky Bet.

England Evens
France 5/2
Ireland 7/2
Wales 12/1
Scotland 20/1
Italy 200/1

Any Team to win the Grand Slam 5/6
No Grand Slam winner 5/6

Any Team to win the Triple Crown 4/5
No Triple Crown winner 10/11

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