NatWest Six Nations Championships – Round three team news

The third round of Six Nations matches are set to commence this weekend with both England and Ireland looking to preserve their unbeaten starts.

Firstly comes the battle between the two winless teams on Friday night as France host Italy in Marseille – something has got to give.

It will be the first time the French have played a home match outside Paris since the tournament began.

The first of the two Saturday fixtures sees Ireland take on Wales at the Aviva Stadium in what is set to be a fascinating clash between two old enemies.

The Irish have been formidable thus far and will take some stopping. Despite the defeat at Twickenham, the Welsh are still confident of claiming a famous win in Dublin.

The final fixture of the weekend will see England head to Murrayfield to take on Scotland in the Calcutta Cup.

Eddie Jones’ England are looking to win their third successive Six Nations Championships while Scotland are looking to follow up on their impressive win over France last time out.

Here is the all important team news ahead of the third round of Six Nations fixtures.


Friday 23rd February – France v Italy- 20:00pm

France head coach Jacques Brunel has dropped nine of his players for “inappropriate behaviour” after defeat by Scotland in Edinburgh.

Anthony Belleau, Jonathan Danty, Arthur Iturria, Remi Lamerat, Felix Lambey, Alexandre Lapandry, Sekou Macalou, Louis Picamoles and Teddy Thomas have all been dropped from the squad, with eight new faces called up to a 31-man squad.

Mathieu Babillot, Mathieu Bastareaud, Gael Fickou, Kelian Galletier, Remy Grosso, Bernard Le Roux, Romain Taofifenua and Francois Trinh Duc have all been name ahead of the blues game with Italy on Friday night.















As for Italy, head coach Connor O’Shea has named an unchanged 30-man squad for the historic clash in Marseille.

Nine players were released back to their clubs over the weekend but will all be available to face the French.



















Saturday 24th February –  Ireland v Wales 14:15pm

Ireland will be without star-centre Robbie Henshaw who was last week ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

Henshaw damaged his shoulder while scoring his second try in Irelands’s 56-19 win over Italy.

Garry Ringrose, John Cooney and Niall Scannell have been added to the Ireland squad for Saturday’s Six Nations game against Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Ringrose’s return from an ankle injury gives coach Joe Schmidt an added option in midfield in the absence of shoulder injury victim Robbie Henshaw.

Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell and Stuart McCloskey could also come into contention for the match against Wales in centre.

Prop Tadhg Furlong and number eight Jack Conan are both expected to recover in time to face the Welsh.

Hot property Jordan Lamour is set to make his Ireland debut after being on the bench v Italy.

















Cardiff Blues’ Ellis Jenkins could force his way into Wales’ head coach Warren Gatland’s plans following a series of good performances for his regional club.

Tyler Morgan has a new injury concern ahead of the game in Dublin after it was confirmed he has a hairline fracture in his foot.

Ross Moriarty and Talupe Faletau are not yet ready to return from their respective injuries.

However, Wales will see all 16 players return to the squad that left for club duty over the weekend.



















Saturday 24th February – Scotland v England 16:45pm

Scotland have added six new faces to their squad to face reigning champions England at Murrayfield.

Harlequins wing Tim Visser and Gloucester centre Matt Scott will provide backline options with Lee Jones and Duncan Taylor missing.

James Malcolm, WP Nel, Tim Swinson and Josh Strauss are added to the squad.

Richie Gray has failed to shake off a calf injury and Magnus Bradbury, Nathan Fowles, Murray McCallum and D’Arcy Rae all drop out of the squad.

Hookers Ross Ford and Fraser Brown and loos-head trio Darryl Marfo, Allan Dell and Al Dickinson have all been injured at the start of the tournament.
















As for England, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Gabriel Ibitoye, Nick Isiekwe, Zach Mercer, Sam Moore, Marcus Smith, Denny Solomona all returned to their respective clubs on the weekend as the remaining 25 players in Eddie Jones’ squad stayed in camp.

Sam Simmonds’ shoulder injury he sustained against Wales means he will miss the game in Scotland and will be replaced by Nathan Hughes on his return to injury.

Veteran James Haskell has been drafted in to provide cover in the back row and prop Joe Marler is available after suspension.




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