England's Henry Slade celebrates scoring his first try during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email The Six Nations returns again this weekend and England look to carry on their perfect start. A confident victory over Ireland puts England atop of the table after round one and a win against France at Twickenham would just about end Les Blues title hopes. France lost to Wales in Paris last week despite being up at half-time. England won the tournament and the Grand Slam in and regained the title in but it was Ireland who won it in and secured the Grand Slam after beating every other team.
Italy - 0 How does it work?
Each team plays each other once - with home and away fixtures alternating each year. Teams are awarded four points for a win and two for a draw.
A bonus point system was introduced in - teams receive an extra point if they score four or more tries, or if they lose by seven points or fewer. When is it? The fixtures?
Boy can you. One of the things which ensures the Six Nations remains one of the most anticipated and romantic sporting events in the calendar is the fact every single match is free-to-air. All five weekends, all 15 fixtures, all 1, ish minutes, are shown on terrestrial television.
What happened last year?
After back-to-back years of English dominance in and , Ireland reclaimed the championship in emphatic style last year, securing the Grand Slam with a final round win at Twickenham. A final round win in the London snow completed a rare Irish clean sweep.
Ireland celebrate their Grand Slam victory in France came fourth and England fifth - their worst finish since Italy had to contend with another wooden spoon.
They have also welcomed back a number of their big ball carriers - most pertinently Billy Vunipola. Wales Warren Gatland is heading into his final Six Nations campaign as Wales boss after 12 years in charge.
Despite a number of frontline injuries - including Taulupe Faletau and Leigh Halfpenny - the Welsh have developed serious strength in depth over the past year and have won nine tests in a row. Scotland Scottish rugby seems to be in rude health, with two sides - Edinburgh and Glasgow - qualifying for the last-eight of the Champions Cup for the first time in history.
Gregor Townsend has an exciting backline at his disposal, with the mercurial Finn Russell the orchestrator. Toulouse prodigy Romain Ntamack makes his international debut against Wales - the first of the successful Under world champion crop to filter through into the senior ranks.
Romain Ntamack will make his France debut against Wales.