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As winter wanes, the fiery warmth of the 2024 Guinness Men's Six Nations is now tantalisingly close.

This year’s Championship is set to erupt in Marseille on Friday night in an explosion of blue and green: France v Ireland, the spectacle that fans have been craving since the fixtures were announced last February.

Saturday's showdown in Rome between Italy and England promises another chapter in the rugby saga. The Eternal City becomes the battleground as Italy, under new head coach Gonzalo Quesada, aim to upset the order, whilst a rejuvenated England look to assert their dominance. The intrigue is palpable, and fans worldwide eagerly await the unfolding drama.

The weekend reaches its crescendo on Sunday when Wales and Scotland collide in Cardiff. The Principality Stadium becomes a cauldron of passion and pride as both teams seek an opening statement win.

The anticipation has been further heightened this year, the rugby world abuzz with excitement over the new Netflix docuseries, Six Nations: Full Contact. Soaring to number three in the Netflix UK charts on only its second day of release, it has given viewers an unprecedented insight to the game’s star men, addressing the joys and heartbreak of representing your country in the world’s most fabled rugby tournament.

In keeping with the docuseries frenzy, the Six Nations Fantasy Rugby game is casting its own spell, adding an extra layer of excitement for fans. The virtual arena becomes a battleground as would-be coaches meticulously assemble their dream teams – with more than a little help from the returning Fantasy Rugby Geek – and seek a strategic edge against friends, family and colleagues. With every try, tackle and successful deployment of a Supersub, Fantasy Rugby transforms the viewing experience, turning every match into a personal quest for glory.

The rugby community is aflame with speculation and predictions. Will last year's champions, Ireland, defend their title? Can France disrupt their rhythm and set the tone for the tournament? What does 2024 have in store for Wales and Scotland? Can Italy provide another result on a par with Cardiff 2022? The air is thick with the electric energy that only the Championship can conjure.

Buckle up, fans. This is way more than just a weekend of rugby.