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Ireland celebrate with the Six Nations Championship trophy last year. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland celebrate with the Six Nations Championship trophy last year. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland celebrate with the Six Nations Championship trophy last year. Photo: Sportsfile

Spring is in the air and the Six Nations carnival rolls into town, bringing the rugby season centre stage - none more so than in Dublin this weekend for a mouth-watering showdown between Ireland and England.

This is a tournament like no other, packed with tradition, history and storied rivalries, played out to full houses.

Across the next seven weeks, the rugby world will be fixated on Europe's best teams as they go toe to toe for the 135-year-old title, won in such memorable fashion by Ireland 12 months ago.

Can England rediscover their mojo under Eddie Jones? Perhaps Scotland will throw a spanner in the works, or Warren Gatland will resurrect a championship effort from Wales?

Conor O'Shea's Italy are fighting for pride, while the French look a threat again.

At the Our top team of writers will be on hand to deliver cutting-edge analysis, meaningful insight, up-to-the-minute reaction and all the news from the Ireland camp and beyond over the next eight weeks.

Every conceivable angle will be covered by our extensive team of writers, expert analysts and photographers.

Starting today with our special Six Nations magazine, the Irish Independent and Independent.ie will be your No 1 for rugby.

So, join us on the big adventure and we promise that your enjoyment will be greatly enhanced by our unrivalled coverage.

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