A week's break has left everyone salivating for international rugby and the Six Nations returns with Ireland hosting Wales, Scotland looking to end a 10-year-wait for a Calcutta Cup win against England and France vying with Italy for a first victory.
To say it has been a less than spectacular 2018 Six Nations for Italy and France is being kind, but come Friday night one team will have registered their first victory of this year's competition.
Conor O'Shea has made three changes to the Italian side which lost to Ireland as he goes in search of his first win in this year's Six Nations against France in Marseille on Friday.
The second weekend of the Six Nations Championship didn't disappoint, but who caught the eye and who had a weekend to forget?
ESPN breaks down the big performers from round two of the Six Nations as England, Ireland and Scotland all recorded victories.
Injuries to Robbie Henshaw and Tadhg Furlong took the shine off Ireland's comprehensive 56-19 victory over Italy in the Six Nations.
Ahead of the week two of the Six Nations, ESPN looks at the players you should consider bringing in -- or transferring out -- to make your Fantasy Rugby side tick this weekend.
Ireland host Italy on Saturday looking to rack up their try count ahead of sterner Six Nations tests.
Conor O'Shea has made three changes to Italy's starting fifteen for their Six Nations clash with Ireland, with all changes coming in the forward pack.
Head coach Joe Schmidt has made four changes from the team that edged France on the opening weekend of the Six Nations for Ireland's clash with Italy on Saturday.
A 31-point defeat by England on Sunday seems to mark yet another year of toil for Italy in the Six Nations. But behind the scorelines, coach Conor O'Shea is leading a quiet rugby revolution in a country that does not recognise the sport as professional.
The Six Nations kicked off with a bang over the weekend as England, Ireland and Wales secured opening-round victories. But who caught the eye and who had a weekend to forget?
Sam Simmonds marked his Six Nations debut for England with two tries and an assist, with Exeter teammate Jack Nowell hailing his "big backside" for making all the difference.
The opening round of ESPN Fantasy Rugby 2018 is done and dusted after a brilliant start to the latest edition of the Six Nations -- but now all the eyes are on the stats list and fantasy scoreboard to see who leads who after the first round.
England head coach Eddie Jones hailed Sam Simmonds as a 'great discovery' after the back rower but on a superb display in his Six Nations debut against Italy.
While a seven-try romp in Rome is nothing to be looked down upon, the early injury to scrum-half Ben Youngs leaves Eddie Jones' men short of cover at a key position ahead of a crucial match against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.
After being literally out-'foxed' by Conor O'Shea's Italy last year, an England squad without 18 players through injury and suspension must keep their wits about them when they kick off their Six Nations Championship in Rome on Sunday.
The size of the task still facing Conor O'Shea as he bids to turn Italy into a competitive force in the Six Nations will become clear Sunday after he selected an inexperienced side to face England.
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England arrive in Rome to being their Six Nations title defence still haunted by the memory of Italy's 'ruck-less' tactics at Twickenham last year.
EXCLUSIVE: Conor O'Shea knows Italy's participation in the Six Nations will always be questioned. For him, though, the Azzurri project is much deeper - and progress is beginning to show.
With the clock ticking towards the start of the Six Nations, ESPN looks at the most selected players in Fantasy Rugby 2018 so far.
Chris Robshaw, Maro Itoje and Mike Brown have all been declared fit for England's Six Nations match with Italy.
The Six Nations has appeared on the horizon amid the usual hum of excitement and no little amount of anticipation but who will walk off with this year's championship title?
ESPN picks five players who could make their international debuts and potentially light up Fantasy Rugby this year.