Sky News spoke to all six of this years Six Nations captains and asked them which players fans should keep an eye on…
Rory Best: Robbie Henshaw
“He’s come back from that injury and he’s looked really sharp in training,” said Best. “He’s still so young even though it seems he’s been around for a while, and he’s just getting better and better.”
Dylan Hartley: Paul Hill
“Paul Hill – simple, honest hard-working guy,” said Hartley. “Young for a tighthead, but potential. Could be huge.”
Sam Warburton: George North
“I’d always say George North because he’s got that X-Factor, he’s got that amazing ability with ball in hand,” said Warburton.
“Regardless of how he’s been playing recently, George North on the big stage can always turn it on”
Guilhem Guirado: Camille Chat
“He showed what he’s capable of in the championship at the start of the season,” said Guirado. “It’s good that there are young players like that who push us. It allows us to question ourselves and to work hard to show what we can do.”
Sergio Parisse: Jonathan Danty
“I think he’s really progressed a lot in the last three or four years,” said Parisse “He’s really young, really strong, really solid in defence but he’s progressed a lot in attack.
“Hopefully not in the first match against us in Paris – but hopefully for the rest of the Six Nations he puts in a good performance.”
Greig Laidlaw: Jonny Gray
“Jonny Gray is somebody that I’m a big fan of,” said Scotland skipper Laidlaw.
“He goes about his work very smartly and for a big forward he’s comfortable on the ball. I’m pretty sure he’s going to come to the party.”
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