After doing us all proud and securing the Six Nations crown last year. Ireland will be eager to prove they have what it takes, sans BOD of course. Although in fairness they've been doing alright without him so far. They take on Italy on Saturday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in this opening round of the championship. As the Italians are tipped to finish the bottom of the table, they shouldn't prove too much of an obstacle for Joe Schmidt's men. (Kick-off 2.30pm)

Later on then you can see the Scots take on France in Paris, which we imagine will also be a win for the French but Vern Cotter does seem to be slowly making great strides with those Scottish lads. (Kick-off 5.00pm)