The countdown is well and truly on for the Six Nations, and you can find an in-depth look at each team’s prospects with expert analysis from our columnists in our 12-page preview pullout in The Rugby Paper this Sunday.
One of those columnists, Chris Hewett, takes a look at the huge contrast between Europe’s premier international competition, the Six Nations and the poorly funded second tier, Rugby Europe Championship.
Meanwhile Jeremy Guscott takes a look at the ‘surprising’ appointment of Peter O’Mahony as Ireland captain, and we’ll have an U20s Six Nations preview including an exclusive interview with England head coach Mark Mapletoft ahead of the tournament.
Alongside action from the final round of Premiership action before the Six Nations break, hear from Sale Sharks director of rugby Alex Sanderson.
While the Premiership Women’s Rugby, Championship, National Leagues One, Two North, Two East and Two West, and Welsh Premiership continue.
From England’s second tier we have an exclusive interview with former England international Matt Kvesic, who has found his calling in the Championship for Coventry after a miserable 18 months that saw him made redundant due to Worcester Warriors’ demise.
And Jon Newcombe speaks to ambitious National One clubs that hope to be a part of the RFU’s proposed Tier 2.