This month focuses on the eagerly anticipated start to the Six Nations – kicking off the wave of International tournaments this year. Stuart Barnes looks at all the team’s potential and chooses his champions, plus players from each contending nation shares why the tournament is special to them. Not forgetting the start of the new expanded Super Rugby season later this month, Antipodean hotshot James O’Connor gives us his predictions.

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The Front Row

Win tickets to the RBS Six Nations

30 Minutes with Dan Cole

Mike Tindall: England’s Six Nations chances

Warren Gatland: The boss on Welsh prospects

Josh Lewsey: Will injuries hinder England?

Nick Mallett: Why Italy fans are the best

Hotshots – Dominic Barrow (Leeds Carnegie) and Alex Glashan (Edinburgh)


Hendre Fourie: The South African flanker is eager to prove his worth to England in the Six Nations

Paul James: The Ospreys front-rower is hoping to go from a Wales stand-in to the first choice

Ronan O’Gara: The Ireland fly-half tells Rugby World why it’s the winning, not the taking part, that counts in Test rugby

Euan Murray: Saints, Sundays and Six Nations are all the topics of conversation when Rugby World talks to Scotland’s prop

Six Nations

Stuart Barnes critiques every team and picks his winner.

England: Eight years after the last Red Rose Grand Slam, Ben Youngs says it’s time to end the wait

Wales: Jamie Roberts is bursting to get back into a Wales shirt after a long injury lay-off

Scotland: Andy Robinson is still angry after last year’s tournament, and now he’s on a mission

Ireland: The great Six Nations grounds hold a special appeal for Ireland’s No 8 Jamie Heaslip

Italy: We meet Salvatore Perugini, the only man to have played in all of Italy’s Six Nations campaigns

France: Why France’s thriving club scene is tearing the international team apart

Game Zone

Technical zone: How best to use all the equipment in your shed

Mini rugby: Teach your minis how to play Rugby Paintball

Fitness zone: Maintain your leg power, and try out some boxing

The tourist: Our next stop is Edgeley Park, the home of Sale Sharks

The Big Debate: Can a Six Nations team win this year’s World Cup?

Super Rugby: James O’Connor previews the new Super 15 season

Maggie Alphonsi England’s machine can’t wait to get back on the pitch

Legends: Our six legends give their 2011 championship verdict

Top 10 shocks Famous championship days when David slayed Goliath

Screen stars: Go behind the scenes on this BBC Six Nations shoot

Alan Quinlan Discover a hidden side to the deep-thinking Munsterman

Matt Hampson: England’s Graham Rowntree and John Wells talk coaching

The Backs

Club Guide: Our round-up of news from grass-roots clubs and schools including Team of the Month and School Team of the Month

Armchair zone: Reviewed – Alan Quinlan:Red Blooded

Tour Tale: Victor Ubogu’s capital slip-up