The Six Nations is upon us and as we await the crunching of bodies, clumps of mud flying through the air and roaring crowds, there is plenty to get excited about.
It’s a tournament where reputations are ruined, records broken and legends born, but since Wales and Italy clashed on 1st February, all eyes have been on that coveted trophy.
Defending champions Wales will be attempting to make Six Nations history by winning three titles in a row, while England will be looking to banish their demons from last season and enjoy a return to form.
Ireland and France will also be hoping to challenge, but inconsistencies in their performances could make and break both sides while Scotland and Italy will certainly claim one or two scalps along the way.
With all of this in mind, here are three of the biggest and best fixtures that could well decide the fate of this year’s Six Nations tournament.
Saturday 8th March, Scotland v France, Murrayfield, Edinburgh
The Murrayfield crowd will be rocking as two teams who like to play attractive, attacking rugby go head to head.
Certainly not one for the neutral, this is a game that could easily be a rip-roaring end to end clash between a young Scotland side and perennial underachievers, France.
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Saturday 8th March, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Ireland will have a point to prove, as a number of the side’s stalwarts are on the verge of retiring and a young, untried backline will be under pressure to stake their claims to replace them. It is both the end of an era and the beginning of a new dawn for Ireland at this season’s Six Nations, but with obvious talent in all areas, you’d be crazy to rule them out.
Italy on the other hand will head to the Aviva Stadium as underdogs, but the plucky 15 that take on Ireland will not be steamrolled and could well cause an upset.
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Sunday 9th March, England v Wales, Twickenham Stadium
The biggest game of the tournament and 80 minutes that could well decide where the Six Nations trophy is heading in 2014 – England v Wales at Twickenham will be the clash that everyone has their eyes on.
England will want revenge after losing to Wales in the final game of last season’s competition, and Stuart Lancaster’s side have certainly grown in stature in the last 12 months.
Wales on the other hand could make history and make it three in a row, but injuries and the fact that no one has ever achieved such a feat could stop them in their tracks.
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