The 2021 Six Nations kicks off this weekend and, as ever, we’re set for a thrilling few weeks of rugby union action ahead.

Eddie Jones’ England, ranked second in the world, have been in impressive form of late and will be looking to defend the crown they won last year. The Red Rose are the 6/5 favourites for Six Nations glory.

But they’ll of course face tough competition, with France arguably their strongest challengers at 5/2. Having missed out on the title on the final day last year, they’ll be eager to finish on top for the first time in 11 long years.

Elsewhere, 2018 winners Ireland (7/2) and 2019 champions Wales (10/1) are always in the running and will be looking to wrestle the crown back from England. When you add Scotland and Italy to the mix, we’re in for a treat.

And what are the Six Nations points system rules? It’s 0 points for a loss, 2 for a draw, 4 for a win, 1 for scoring four or more tries in a match and 1 for losing by 7 points or fewer.

Ahead of Saturday’s first round of fixtures, we’ve detailed the full 2021 Guinness 6 Nations schedule below.

Full schedule

Round 1

Saturday, 6 February

Italy v France – 14:15

England v Scotland – 16:45

Sunday, 7 February

Wales v Ireland – 15:00

Round 2

Saturday, 13 February

England v Italy – 14:15

Scotland v Wales – 16:45

Sunday, 14 February

Ireland v France – 15:00

Round 3

Saturday, 27 February

Italy v Ireland – 14:15

Wales v England – 16:45

Sunday, 28 February

France v Scotland – 15:00

Round 4

Saturday, 13 March

Italy v Wales – 14:15

England v France – 16:45

Sunday, 14 March

Scotland v Ireland – 15:00

Round 5

Saturday, 20 March

Scotland v Italy – 14:15

Ireland v England – 16:45

France v Wales – 20:00

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