The Six Nations Championship gets underway, with England the odds-on favourites to dominate.

The first match features Italy v Ireland (2pm), and the Azurri are by no means out of contention having seen off Scotland last year.

Then it's a tough opener for Clive Woodward's boys against Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (4pm), with the evergreen Bill McLaren in the commentary box. The Welsh are thirsting for revenge after last season's mauling at Twickenham.

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