The annual tournament between the top teams of the Northern Hemisphere kicks off in February. Can Ireland retain the championship? Which young stars will emerge? Can Rory Best fill the captain spot left vacant by the man mountain Paul O’Connell?
Ireland kick off their campaign on the 7th of February in the Aviva Stadium in the heart of Dublin. Their Welsh counterparts will look forward to entering the competition at full strength following an injury riddled World Cup campaign.
Ireland Head Coach, Joe Schmidt, has some interesting decisions to make regarding the starting 15. Will he go with tried and tested experience or in form youth? This tournament could truly put in motion the next generation of Irish stars with the likes of Leinster’s Josh Van Der Flier, Connacht’s Ultan Dillane and Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey sure to form the core of Ireland teams to come.