With the Six Nations set to kick-off in just a few weeks time we look at the players most likely to stand-out for their teams during the tournament…
Injuries have largely ruled Healy out of contention for club and country over the last 12 months, however he looks set to be fit for this years Six Nations and will be raring to make an impact with the World Cup just months away.
Hartley has spent the last few weeks on the naughty step after another moment of stupidity so will be chomping at the bit to make amends for England as he looks to put his past transgressions behind him.
With Dan Cole finally nearing full fitness, Wilson has a battle on his hands to hold on to the England number three shirt. He has so far proven to be a more than capable international tighthead and will continue to improve.
O’Connell has been one of those players who seems to get better with age, and heading into this years Six Nations he will be a key player for Ireland as they look to retain their title with the Munsterman leading the charge.
Despite being just 20 years old, Gray is proving himself to be a key member of the Scottish pack and is likely to once again form a formidable partnership with brother Richie during the Six Nations this year.
Much like Healy, Ireland flanker O’Brien will be desperate to make up for lost time as he battles back from injury and could be set to make a huge impact, especially with a number of Irish back rowers going down with injuries.
Warburton has come in for a great deal of criticism in past years, however he looks to be back to his best this season and will be a key players for Wales as they look to get 2015 off to a winning start.
French number 8 Chouly has been one of the few shining lights in a poor couple of years for France and will be a key player for them in 2015 as they rely on his strength and power to get them on the front foot.
Murray was one of Ireland’s stand-out players during the Autumn Internationals and will be hoping to continue his good form during the Six Nations as he looks set to reform his impressive partnership with Johnny Sexton.
Ford looks set to be given another shot in the England 10 shirt during the Six Nations and will be looking to once again impress after a series of big displays for the Red Rose during the Autumn Internationals.
French winger Thomas grabbed all the headlines in France during November after scoring four tries in two games before being dropped from the squad for disciplinary reasons – he will definitely be one to watch this year.
Dunbar has looked impressive for Scotland of late and will be a key figure in an ever improving backline. If he can continue his club form for Scotland there’s no doubting he will be a key figure in their Six Nations campaign.
Campagnaro burst onto the international scene during last years Six Nations with a series of impressive displays for Italy and will be hoping to once again impress for the Azzurri this time around.
Williams looked the most impressive of all of Wales’ back three options during the Autumn Internationals and will no doubt play a key role during the Six Nations, the question is simply where?
Last year Hogg’s Six Nations ended in disappointment as he was sent off in the final game for a stupid shoulder charge on Dan Biggar. This time he will be looking to make amends in an improving Scottish backline.
Which players do you think will impress most during the Six Nations?