Six players to watch in the NatWest 6 Nations

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England will look to fend off the resurgent Ireland and Scotland in a bid to claim a third straight triumph in the NatWest 6 Nations.

Here, Press Association Sport examines six players to watch for Europe’s showpiece Test rugby round robin.

Jack Nowell, England

Exeter v Leicester – Aviva Premiership – Sandy Park
Exeter flyer Jack Nowell could be deployed in the centres for the first time by England in the Six Nations (Simon Galloway/PA Images).

Jordan Larmour, Ireland

Leinster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors – Champions Cup – Pool Three – RDS Arena
Leinster youngster Jordan Larmour, right, has won his first call-up to Ireland’s senior ranks for this year’s Six Nations tournament (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

Stuart Hogg, Scotland

Highlanders v British and Irish Lions – Tour Match – Forsyth Barr Stadium
Stuart Hogg had his British and Irish Lions tour cut short but is back in top form now (David Davies/PA)

James Davies, Wales

Rugby Union – European Rugby Champions Cup – Pool 3 – Scarlets v Ulster Rugby – Parc y Scarlets
Scarlets flanker James Davies has his first chance to impress in Wales’ 15-a-side ranks this Six Nations (Joe Giddens/PA)

Brice Dulin, France

France v Wales – RBS 6 Nations – Stade de France
Brice Dulin should number among the chief threats for new boss Jacques Brunel’s France outfit (David Davies/PA)

Jake Polledri, Italy

Gloucester v Agen – Challenge Cup – Kingsholm Stadium
Jake Polledri, left, has his fine form at Gloucester to thank for his selection for Italy (David Davies/PA)

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