Sixnationsfixtures.co.uk - 2011 six nations match previews & TEAM NEWS

At Six Nations Fixtures our team of writers work round the clcok to provide you with informative, impartial and entertaining match previews for all the 2011  Six Nations Fixtures.

The 6 Nations fixtures give the opportunity for teams to impress with the first pool matches of the Rugby World Cup starting on the 9th of September, the 6 Nations is the last chance for players from England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales to impress before boarding the plane to New Zealand.

Yet again the 6 Nations fixtures have thrown England and Wales together for the first encounter at the Millennium Stadium on the 4th February, also the 6 Nations fixtures 2011 pit a resurgent Scotland against Mark Livremont�s France at the Stade de Paris the following day. The final opening 6 Nations fixture 2011, has Italy visiting injury-hit Ireland with Jonathan Sexton looking to take Ronan O�Gara�s number 10 spot.

The 6 Nations fixtures 2011 give teams the final opportunity to fine tune their respective squads before flying to New Zealand this autumn. Many of the teams competing these 6 Nations fixtures will view the tournament as a rehearsal before the main show kicks off late in the year.

In 2003 England warmed up for their successful World Cup campaign in Australia by destroying the competition in the 2003 Six Nations, completing the job with an impressive 42-6 victory over Ireland at Lansdowne Road, six months later Jonny Wilkinson was kicking the winning drop-goal against Australia in the World Cup Final.

The Six Nations Fixtures 2011 also gives the players to make a claim for a World Cup place. Wales coach Warren Gatland took the controversial decision to drop Martyn Williams, from his 6 Nations squad. This gives the opportunity to the next generation of Welsh back-row forwards to make a statement of intent ahead of the big show his autumn. Young flankers Sam Warburton (23), Dan Lydiate (23) and Josh Turnball (22) will hope to impress Gatland during the 6 Nations Fixtures to guarantee a seat on the plane to New Zealand this autumn.

full 6 nations 2011 MATCH PREVIEWS:

Wales vs England 2011 6 Nations
Italy vs Ireland 2011 6 Nations
France vs Scotland 2011 6 Nations

Scotland vs Wales 2011 6 Nation
England vs Italy 2011 6 Nations
Ireland vs France 2011 6 Nations