UPDATED: Six Nations Team Announcement
9th February 2017
France vs Scotland
With the announcement of the final two teams coming out yesterday, we are all set for a big weekend of Six Nations rugby. The Scots have made only the one change after their big opening day win over Ireland, as John Barclay starts in the back row for the injured Ryan Wilson. The rest of the side remains unchanged with Stuart Hogg set to become the youngest Scottish player to win 50 caps. The French team have made one change with Loann Goujon in for Damien Chouly. French coach, Guy Noves, has stated that making a raft of changes would not make sense after only just missing out on an away win last weekend.
It is set to be an uphill fight for Scotland as they seek their first win in Paris since 1999, but with the confidence they should have gained from last week’s result, they will feel they have a great opportunity to get a result. The French will look to build on their performance last weekend in Twickenham whilst aiming to apply the finishing touches that will get them over the line.
England vs Wales
With the second week of the Six Nations looming the teams have been announced. For the English side, the big change has come in the back row for the titanic battle against Wales with Jack Clifford coming in to replace Tom Wood in the back row. This means that their back row of Clifford, Itoje and Hughes concedes a huge amount of experience to their Welsh counterparts – but it is a back row designed to dominate the gain line. The only other change to the starting line-up sees Jack Nowell replacing Jonny May on the wing, as Jones looks to add the threat of Nowell to his back three.
Good news in the Wales camp as both Dan Biggar and George North recover from their respective injuries to start at the Principality Stadium this weekend, and the only real changes to the starting XV come in the front row as both Rob Evans and Thomas Francis move up from the bench to start the game. The only other change to the match day squad sees Toby Faletau on the bench after returning from injury. This game is set to be a cracker in the Welsh capital, in regards to both the atmosphere and the match itself, as two of the tournaments favourites go head to head.
Ireland vs. Italy
As expected after the opening day loss to Scotland, there have been several changes to the Ireland squad. Cian Healy comes into the side in the place of Jack McGrath to add some more physical impact. Donnacha Ryan has recovered from a knee ligament strain to replace Iain Henderson, who is struggling with a hamstring injury.
This change is hoped to go some way to improving the performance of the Ireland lineout in Rome. Craig Gilroy is promoted on to the bench in place of Tommy Bowe, who is released to Ulster for the weekend. Ireland will be looking to make a big statement in the Stadio Olimpico this weekend in an effort to kick start their tournament.