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The hooker hardly puts in a bad performance with his work at the set piece and in defence helping keep the French in games. He's recently spoken of his embarrassment of recent results, most notably their last outing against Japan, so expect him to lead from the front this Six Nations. Arguably the best No. He always looks one step ahead of the play and can be a nightmare for the opposition, with his combination with Johnny Sexton among the top partnerships in the world. CJ Stander Back row: One of the stand out performers in the fantasy game in , CJ Stander looks to be building some form at the right time for Munster as Ireland look to mount a challenge for the Six Nations title.
His ball-carrying from No. He may have been under an injury cloud for most of his career but when Sexton is fit there's not many better fly-halves on the international scene. His ability to take the ball to the line and become a target for the opposition defence makes room for his teammates to attack, while his composure in high pressure situations has helped Ireland win matches they may have otherwise lost.
Sergio Parisse Back row: When you think Italian rugby, you think Sergio Parisse. The veteran back row of Test appearances -- starts -- is gearing up for his 15th Six Nations campaign and is showing few signs of slowing down.
A strong line-out operator and ball carrier, Parisse will empty the tank every week and lead Italy from the front as they try and bridge the gap between themselves and the rest of the competition. The Zebre playmaker has had a strong season, with his sound boot seeing him near the top of the points-scoring charts in the PRO In years gone by Canna has been shaky off the tee at international level, but will be hoping to mirror the confident performances at club level with the Azzurri.
Mattia Bellini Back three: Another player from Zebre, Bellini comes into the Six Nations off the back of some consistent form. He's been an attacking weapon in the PRO14, contributing 17 clean breaks so far this season. Bellini's yet to score a Test try since making his debut in , but will get every chance to cross the whitewash this Six Nations, particularly with renowned try-scorer Angelo Esposito out injured.
Stuart Hogg Back three: He may have missed the last two months of rugby due to injury, but Hogg's imperious display during Glasgow's recent win over Exeter would have seen Scotland coach Gregor Townsend smiling from ear to ear. Hogg is Scotland's best player by some distance, and their chances of delivering this Six Nations revolve, in part, around the fitness and form of the Glasgow full-back.
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Six Nations channel receives YouTube award. YouTube's play button is awarded to channels with over , subscribers. Six Nations Rugby have been awarded with a special commemorative award from YouTube in recognition of reaching , subscribers on the video sharing platform. Italy record historic win over Ireland. Giovanbattista Venditti scored the only try as Italy beat Ireland in Rome.
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