The Agenda: NatWest 6 Nations Round Five

The finale of the NatWest 6 Nations, Super Saturday, is fast approaching with another busy week of build-up already underway.

The finale of the NatWest 6 Nations, Super Saturday, is fast approaching with another busy week of build-up already underway.

A thrilling round four saw Ireland crowned champions as France beat England in Paris and Wales earning their second win over Italy in Cardiff.

All six nations will be naming their teams this week and below, we give you the inside scoop and those all-important team announcements.   SCOTLAND – Wednesday 14 March 12:30PM FRANCE – Thursday 15 March 8:30AM ENGLAND – Thursday 15 March 9:15AM WALES – Thursday 15 March 12PM ITALY – Thursday 15 March 12:30PM IRELAND – Thursday 15 March 1PM   The above timings are all GMT, and our NatWest 6 Nations Live Blogs will be running from Wednesday throughout the week, bringing you all the news first from all six announcements.

The Live Blogs will also bring you minute by minute action from the three games as they unfold – head here for our matchcentre.

Super Saturday kicks off at 12:30PM (GMT) as Scotland head to Rome to face an Italian team yet to pick up a win in this year’s Championship.

Click here for the complete 2018 NatWest 6 Nations results and fixtures

The Scots will be the first of the six countries to unveil their team at Wednesday lunchtime and Gregor Townsend has called five fresh faces into the squad for their Italian job.

Scott Cummings, Matt Fagerson, Adam Hastings and Richie Vernon earn their first call-ups of 2018 with Matt Scott also back involved with the squad.

Thursday will see the remaining five teams announced including NatWest 6 Nations Ireland with head coach Joe Schmidt confirming on Monday that his squad have a clean bill of health.

France will name their team first on Thursday morning ahead of their trip to Cardiff to take on Wales.

England and Eddie Jones will follow after failing to win the Championship for the first time in his reign but looking to deny Ireland an historic Grand Slam at Twickenham on Saturday.

Jacques Brunel looks likely to be without captain Guilhem Guirado for the trip to Wales after the hooker suffered a blow to his right knee in their 22-16 win over England.

Wales, Italy and champions Ireland will confirm their final teams of the NatWest 6 Nations at lunchtime on Thursday.

Click here for the fully updated NatWest 6 Nations table after round four.

Warren Gatland announce his team to face France at midday with Italy following 30 minutes later.

Joe Schmidt will have the final say though at 1pm as he announces his team which will compete for the Grand Slam at Twickenham on Super Saturday.

TV and Ticketing

10/03/18 – 14:15 – Ireland v Scotland – ITV, FR2, TV3, DMAX, NBC 10/03/2018 – 16:45 – France v England – BBC, FR2, TV3, DMAX, NBC 11/03/2018 – 15:00 – Wales v Italy – BBC, S4C, FR2, TV3, DMAX, NBC

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