2019 Six Nations round three: starting XVs, squads, TV guide, match betting odds

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The teams are confirmed for Saturday’s Six Nations clashes

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The 2019 Six Nations rugby championship captains line up with the trophy

France, Scotland, Wales and England have named their starting XVs and replacements for this weekend’s Six Nations championship fixtures.

In the first match on Saturday 23 February France will host Scotland in Paris (2.15pm) and later that afternoon Wales and England, the two remaining unbeaten teams, go head-to-head in Cardiff (4.45pm).

On Sunday 24 February Italy host Ireland at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome (3pm). They will name their teams on Friday at 1pm.

Here we look at the match details, starting XVs and TV guide for the Six Nations round three fixtures. Match betting prices according to Oddschecker (as of 21 February).

France vs. Scotland

  • When: Saturday 23 February
  • Where: Stade de France, Paris
  • Start time: 2.15pm (GMT)
  • TV channel: live on BBC One
  • Match betting odds: France to win 2/5; Scotland to win 9/4; draw 25/1

France head coach Jacques Brunel has made four changes to his starting XV with 22-year-old scrum-half Antoine Dupont, 19-year-old fly-half Romain Ntamack, full-back Thomas Ramos and flanker Wenceslas Lauret included.

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has also made four changes to his team, who are looking for a first win in Paris since 1999.

Back-row forward Magnus Bradbury starts in place of Ryan Wilson (knee injury), Blair Kinghorn replaces Stuart Hogg (shoulder) at full-back, Pete Horne starts at stand-off in place of Finn Russell (head injury) and Nick Grigg comes into the midfield in place for Huw Jones (knee).

France team

  • Starting XV: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Gaël Fickou,  11 Yoann Huget, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont; 1 Jefferson Poirot, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 3 Demba Bamba, 4 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 5 Félix Lambey, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 7 Arthur Iturria, 8 Louis Picamoles
  • Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Etienne Falgoux, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Gregory Alldritt, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Anthony Belleau, 23 Maxime Médard

Scotland team

  • Starting XV: 15. Blair Kinghorn, 14. Tommy Seymour, 13. Nick Grigg, 12. Sam Johnson, 11. Sean Maitland, 10. Pete Horne, 9. Greig Laidlaw (captain); 1. Allan Dell, 2. Stuart McInally, 3. Simon Berghan, 4. Grant Gilchrist, 5. Jonny Gray, 6. Magnus Bradbury, 7. Jamie Ritchie, 8. Josh Strauss
  • Replacements: 16. Fraser Brown, 17. Alex Allan, 18. Zander Fagerson, 19. Ben Toolis, 20. Gary Graham, 21. Ali Price, 22. Adam Hastings, 23. Darcy Graham

Wales vs. England

  • When: Saturday 23 February
  • Where: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
  • Start time: 4.45pm (GMT)
  • TV channel: live on BBC One and S4C
  • Match betting odds: England to 8/15; Wales to win 15/8; draw 25/1

Captain Alun Wyn Jones returns to the Wales side for the crunch clash against England in Cardiff.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has named Gareth Anscombe at fly-half instead of Dan Biggar while Gareth Davies is also recalled. Lock Cory Hill comes into the team in place of Adam Beard.

England head coach Eddie Jones has made two changes to his side. Prop Ben Moon comes in for the injured Mako Vunipola while Jack Nowell is named on the wing in place of Chris Ashton. Winger Joe Cokanasiga and flanker Brad Shields are on the bench.

Wales team

  • Starting XV: 15. Liam Williams, 14. George North, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Hadleigh Parkes, 11. Josh Adams, 10. Gareth Anscombe, 9. Gareth Davies; 1. Rob Evans, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Tomas Francis, 4. Cory Hill, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 6. Josh Navidi, 7. Justin Tipuric, 8. Ross Moriarty
  • Replacements: 16. Elliot Dee, 17. Nicky Smith, 18. Dillon Lewis, 19. Adam Beard, 20. Aaron Wainwright, 21. Aled Davies, 22. Dan Biggar, 23. Owen Watkin

England team

  • Starting XV: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Ben Moon, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Courtney Lawes, 5 George Kruis, 6 Mark Wilson, 7 Tom Curry, 8 Billy Vunipola
  • Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Dan Robson, 22 George Ford, 23 Joe Cokanasiga

Italy vs. Ireland

  • When: Sunday 24 February
  • Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
  • Start time: 3pm (GMT)
  • TV channel: live on ITV
  • Match betting odds: Ireland to win 1/33; Italy to win 33/1; draw 120/1
  • Teams: to be announced on Friday

 

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