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Six Nations Watch
While the Northern hemisphere is deep into the thick of its club rugby engagements with the Heineken champions cup and the respective local leagues, international rugby returns in approximately 20 days with the Guinness Six Nations.
Clubs are having one last go with their respective international players before releasing them to camp for their national sides and below are some of the biggest highlights of the last 7 days;
Wales number eight; Taulupe Faletau is set to miss the Six Nations after breaking his arm again.
Faletau suffered a fractured forearm playing for Bath in October and missed the autumn international series.
The British and Irish Lion made an impressive return in Saturday’s 18-16 Heineken Champions Cup win over Wasps but emerged to have suffered another break that will rule him out of another international endeavour.
Slight hope : Faletau is expected to be out for up to eight weeks, with a slim chance of making the final round on 16 March
Nowell resurfaces with a bang
Jack Nowell capped his return to action with a try as he staked a claim for a place in Eddie Jones’ England squad for the Guinness Six Nations.
Eddie is yet to name his men to where the white of England but Nowell returned just in time to put up a great display for the Exeter Chiefs against French side Castres.
Nowell had last featured on a rugby field in the Autumn internationals.
France maintain captaincy
Few Frenchmen personify the role of captain as expertly as Guilhem Guirado who has been selected to lead Les Bleu again under the new coach.
Guirado first captained France in 2016 but maintains his role due to inspiring performances and charismatic leadership that is necessary for a French side that hopes to rebuild and find form weeks before the 2019 Guinness Six Nations with the Rugby World cup beckoning later on.