WITH THE early announcement of the Wales team to face England on Friday night, this year’s RBS 6 Nations has already got off to a bang! In this video, Brian O’Driscoll looks ahead to the on-field action, and picks out some of his men to watch during this year’s tournament.

For Ireland he singles out Rhys Ruddock who, like many before him, impressed when he was called up in November as cover for Sean O’Brien, who was recovering from injury and Chris Henry, who fell ill.  For England, it’s Bath’s Anthony Watson, and he picks Wales’ two outhalves for praise too.

With England having to cope with several injuries to key men, including Manu Tuilagi, Kyle Eastmond, Tom Wood, David Wilson, Ben Foden and the lock pairing of Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes, Ireland are now the bookies’ favourites to win their second Six Nations title in two years. Not without their injuries either, Johnny Sexton, Sean O’Brien and Donnacha Ryan are among their concerns, while this year’s tournament is likely to be the last led by Paul O’Connell, who has been tipped to retire after the World Cup.

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