This weekend one of the biggest events in the Rugby Union calendar begins. The Six Nations commences this weekend with Wales taking on Italy, Ireland facing Scotland and finally France taking on England. With an exciting six weeks ahead of us, we take a look at which players to look out for during the campaign.
England - Tom Curry
While, still only 21, Curry’s rise in the rugby world has been incredible. The impact that he has had on the England squad has changed the team and he has become without question one of England’s most important players. The versatility that Curry has is one of England’s strengths, he has the confidence and skill to play anywhere across the back row. The mind-blowing fact is that he is still improving and discovering his potential while becoming one of England’s greats.
Ireland - Caelan Doris
Caelan Doris is taking the number eight position for Ireland in their Six Nations opener against Scotland. The 21-year-old has beaten competition from other teammates to get the spot in Ireland’s starting line up. With an already promising rugby career and an outstanding season with Leinster, international teams better look out.
Scotland - Nick Haining
Edinburgh number eight Nick Haining will be joining his fellow Scots on the pitch for his debut against Ireland this weekend. The 29-year-old will be playing in the back line alongside Hamish Watson and Jamie Ritchie hoping to have a successful debut against Gregor Townsend’s mixed up starting 15.
Wales - Louis Rees Zammit
The 18-year-old has been sensational for his team Gloucester this season, scoring 10 tries in just 14 games. Holding a professional standard record, the 18-year-old could well shine during the 2020 Six Nations. The winger is currently on the bench for the Welsh squad when they take on Ireland this weekend. He’ll be hoping to make a major Six Nations impact.
France - Louis Carbonel
Louis Carbonel has deen described as a reliable point scorer, strong defender and perfect game manager, so there’s no wonder that the 20-year-old has been named as a possible starting fly-half in the 2020 Six Nations. While awaiting his first taste of international action, he has been trusted to direct his current team Toulon and has helped to win back-to-back Would Under 20 Championships with France.
Italy - Matteo Minozzi
The Italian full-back has had an incredible career in rugby already and is only 23. After his performance in the 2018 Six Nations, Minozzi is undoubtedly one of the players to look out for. In 2018 he scored tries against Ireland, France, Wales and Scotland. Who knows what will come from this year’s tournament for the young player.
England - George Furbank
Northampton full-back George Furbank will be lining up along side Elliot Daly and Jonny May during this weekend’s game against France. The 23-year-old has been brought into the squad after numerous injuries and he’ll be looking to make his mark on the competition. Even though Furbank is young, he has already had a successful time at Northampton and has had an outstanding season with the team.
Ireland - Ronan Kelleher
After some outstanding performances throughout his short career, Ronan Kelleher is set to pick up his first cap this weekend alongside teammate Caelan Doris. Kelleher is known for his power, speed and domination on the pitch. He’s been perfecting the role as No.2 since he was sixteen and had an outstanding performance during the Under 20’s World Cup.
Scotland - Adam Hastings
Fly-half Adam Hastings will be taking the place of Finn Russell against Ireland. Another player making their first Six Nations debut this weekend, after a successful season with Glasgow Warriors. John Barclay says that Hastings can shine for Scotland, only time will tell.
Wales - Johnny McNicholl
Johnny McNicholl is set to walk out onto the field against Italy. After an incredible victory over the Barbarians, head coach Wayne Pivac has given him the nod. The New Zeland born star has been praised for his scoring and speed on the pitch, creating numerous opportunities for himself and his fellow teammates.
France - Gael Fickou
After a victorious career with France, Gael Fickou has been named the captain of their defence. Even at 25, he holds the most caps for the French team so it isn’t a surprise to see him promoted. The Frenchman is working closely with coaches to improve the side and himself. Who knows what we can expect to see from the French favourite against England.
Italy - Carlo Canna
Italian coaches have picked fly-half Carlo Canna to play in the centre and to act as another playmaker alongside number 10 Tommaso Allan. He is one of Italy’s up and coming stars and has begun to make a name for himself in international rugby. He is definitely one of the players to look out for during the campaign after an outstanding record in recent months.