2016 Six Nations Tournament Squads

Posted on 3 Feb, 2016, by in Rugby

Six Nations 2016 Captains

The 2016 Six Nations, the first tournament since the World Cup in England, comes with two sides changing their coaches (England & France), defending champions Ireland trying to make it three in a row which hasn’t been done since 1988, Wales with possibly the most talented side while both Italy and Scotland hoping to avoid the Wooden Spoon.

The squads have undergone some changes since the initial publication with some injuries or suspensions forcing removals and additions, although some of them are just for the first weekend of play. It’ll be the 17th tournament in the Six Nations format. It begins on February 6 and concludes on March 19.

England

Dylan Hartley

With new coach Eddie Jones, England will try to pick themselves up after the failure to qualify from the group stage in the World Cup they hosted. Seven players will look to make their debut on the team, with five more yet to make it to 10 caps. England finished second in the 2015 tournament due to inferior points difference compared to Ireland. They haven’t won the title since 2011.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Luke Cowan-Dickie Hooker 20 June 1993 (aged 22) 1 Exeter Chiefs
Jamie George Hooker 22 October 1990 (aged 25) 3 Saracens
Dylan Hartley (c) Hooker 24 March 1986 (aged 29) 66 Northampton Saints
Dan Cole Prop 9 May 1987 (aged 28) 56 Leicester Tigers
Paul Hill Prop 2 March 1995 (aged 20) 0 Northampton Saints
Joe Marler Prop 7 July 1990 (aged 25) 37 Harlequins
Matt Mullan Prop 23 February 1987 (aged 28) 9 Wasps
Kieran Brookes Prop 29 August 1990 (aged 25) 7 Northampton Saints
Mako Vunipola Prop 13 January 1991 (aged 25) 27 Saracens
Maro Itoje Lock 28 October 1994 (aged 21) 0 Saracens
George Kruis Lock 22 February 1990 (aged 25) 10 Saracens
Joe Launchbury Lock 12 April 1991 (aged 24) 28 Wasps
Courtney Lawes Lock 23 February 1989 (aged 26) 42 Northampton Saints
Jack Clifford Flanker 12 February 1993 (aged 22) 0 Harlequins
James Haskell Flanker 2 April 1985 (aged 30) 62 Wasps
Matt Kvesic Flanker 14 April 1992 (aged 23) 2 Gloucester
Chris Robshaw Flanker 4 June 1986 (aged 29) 43 Harlequins
Josh Beaumont Number 8 24 March 1992 (aged 23) 0 Sale Sharks
Billy Vunipola Number 8 3 November 1992 (aged 23) 21 Saracens
Danny Care Scrum-half 2 January 1987 (aged 29) 53 Harlequins
Ben Youngs Scrum-half 5 September 1989 (aged 26) 52 Leicester Tigers
Owen Farrell Fly-half 24 September 1991 (aged 24) 35 Saracens
George Ford Fly-half 16 March 1993 (aged 22) 17 Bath
Elliot Daly Centre 8 October 1992 (aged 23) 0 Wasps
Ollie Devoto Centre 22 September 1993 (aged 22) 0 Bath
Sam Hill Centre 14 July 1993 (aged 22) 0 Exeter Chiefs
Jonathan Joseph Centre 21 May 1991 (aged 24) 16 Bath
Semesa Rokoduguni Wing 28 August 1987 (aged 28) 1 Bath
Jack Nowell Wing 11 April 1993 (aged 22) 10 Exeter Chiefs
Anthony Watson Wing 26 February 1994 (aged 21) 15 Bath
Marland Yarde Wing 20 April 1992 (aged 23) 7 Harlequins
Mike Brown Fullback 4 September 1985 (aged 30) 43 Harlequins
Alex Goode Fullback 7 May 1988 (aged 27) 19 Saracens

France

Guilhem Guirado

France are another side with a new head coach following the World Cup in which they got crushed by New Zealand in the quarterfinals. They had another disappointing Six Nations campaign in 2015, winning just twice in five games and pulling up fourth. They haven’t won the tournament since 2010, done in dominant fashion, with a Grand Slam.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Camille Chat Hooker December 18, 1995 (aged 20) 0 Racing 92
Jefferson Poirot Prop November 1, 1992 (aged 23) 0 Bordeaux Bègles
Paul Jedrasiak Lock February 17, 1993 (aged 22) 0 Clermont
Yacouba Camara Flanker June 2, 1994 (aged 21) 0 Toulouse
Kevin Gourdon Flanker January 23, 1990 (aged 26) 0 La Rochelle
Sébastien Bezy Scrum-half November 22, 1991 (aged 24) 0 Toulouse
Jonathan Danty Centre October 7, 1992 (aged 23) 0 Stade Français
Virimi Vakatawa Wing May 1, 1992 (aged 23) 0 France Sevens
Antoine Burban Flanker July 22, 1987 (aged 28) 3 Stade Français
Hugo Bonneval Fullback November 19, 1990 (aged 25) 4 Stade Français
Jules Plisson Fly-half August 20, 1991 (aged 24) 6 Stade Français
Marvin O’Connor Wing April 18, 1991 (aged 24) 0 Montpellier
Wenceslas Lauret Flanker March 28, 1989 (aged 26) 7 Racing 92
Rémi Lamerat Centre January 14, 1990 (aged 26) 7 Castres
Maxime Mermoz Centre July 28, 1986 (aged 29) 30 Toulon
Uini Atonio Prop March 26, 1990 (aged 25) 10 La Rochelle
Jean-Marc Doussain Fly-half February 12, 1991 (aged 24) 10 Toulouse
Eddy Ben Arous Prop August 25, 1990 (aged 25) 12 Racing 92
Scott Spedding Fullback May 4, 1986 (aged 29) 14 Clermont
Gaël Fickou Centre March 26, 1994 (aged 21) 15 Toulouse
Bernard Le Roux Flanker June 4, 1989 (aged 26) 23 Racing 92
Alexandre Flanquart Lock October 9, 1989 (aged 26) 18 Stade Français
Maxime Machenaud Scrum-half December 30, 1988 (aged 27) 18 Racing 92
Rabah Slimani Prop October 18, 1989 (aged 26) 21 Stade Français
Damien Chouly Number 8 November 27, 1985 (aged 30) 36 Clermont
Guilhem Guirado (c) Hooker June 17, 1986 (aged 29) 38 Toulon
Teddy Thomas Wing April 18, 1991 (aged 24) 4 Racing 92
Maxime Médard Wing November 16, 1986 (aged 29) 41 Toulouse
Yoann Maestri Lock January 14, 1988 (aged 28) 42 Toulouse
Louis Picamoles Number 8 February 5, 1986 (aged 30) 51 Toulouse
Baptiste Serin Scrum-half June 20, 1994 (aged 21) 0 Bordeaux Bègles

Ireland

Rory Best

Joe Schmidt leads the Irish, the defending champions of the tournament, into another Six Nations affair, following a shocking loss to Argentina in the quarterfinals during the World Cup, completely falling apart in the second half of a match they seemed to have going their way until a certain point. They finished with four wins and one loss (to Wales) in the previous World Cup, winning thanks to point differential.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Rory Best (c) Hooker 15 August 1982 (aged 33) 89 Ulster
Sean Cronin Hooker 6 May 1986 (aged 29) 48 Leinster
Rob Herring Hooker 27 April 1990 (aged 25) 1 Ulster
Richardt Strauss Hooker 29 January 1986 (aged 30) 13 Leinster
James Cronin Prop 23 November 1990 (aged 25) 2 Munster
Tadhg Furlong Prop 14 November 1992 (aged 23) 3 Leinster
Jack McGrath Prop 11 October 1989 (aged 26) 25 Leinster
Finlay Bealham Prop 9 October 1991 (aged 24) 0 Connacht
Nathan White Prop 4 September 1981 (aged 34) 8 Connacht
Ultan Dillane Lock 9 November 1993 (aged 22) 0 Connacht
Mike McCarthy Lock 27 November 1981 (aged 34) 17 Leinster
Donnacha Ryan Lock 11 December 1983 (aged 32) 34 Munster
Devin Toner Lock 29 June 1986 (aged 29) 31 Leinster
Seán O’Brien Flanker 14 February 1987 (aged 28) 41 Leinster
Tommy O’Donnell Flanker 21 May 1987 (aged 28) 9 Munster
Rhys Ruddock Flanker 13 November 1990 (aged 25) 6 Leinster
Josh van der Flier Flanker 25 April 1993 (aged 22) 0 Leinster
Jamie Heaslip Number 8 15 December 1983 (aged 32) 80 Leinster
CJ Stander Number 8 5 April 1990 (aged 25) 0 Munster
Kieran Marmion Scrum-half 11 February 1992 (aged 23) 4 Connacht
Conor Murray Scrum-half 20 April 1989 (aged 26) 42 Munster
Eoin Reddan Scrum-half 20 November 1980 (aged 35) 68 Leinster
Paddy Jackson Fly-half 5 January 1992 (aged 24) 13 Ulster
Ian Madigan Fly-half 21 March 1989 (aged 26) 25 Leinster
Jonathan Sexton Fly-half 11 July 1985 (aged 30) 56 Leinster
Robbie Henshaw Centre 12 June 1993 (aged 22) 15 Connacht
Luke Marshall Centre 3 March 1991 (aged 24) 6 Ulster
Stuart McCloskey Centre 6 August 1992 (aged 23) 0 Ulster
Jared Payne Centre 13 October 1985 (aged 30) 10 Ulster
Keith Earls Wing 2 October 1987 (aged 28) 46 Munster
Luke Fitzgerald Wing 13 September 1987 (aged 28) 34 Leinster
Dave Kearney Wing 19 June 1989 (aged 26) 14 Leinster
Andrew Trimble Wing 20 October 1984 (aged 31) 58 Ulster
Simon Zebo Wing 16 March 1990 (aged 25) 21 Munster
Rob Kearney Fullback 26 March 1986 (aged 29) 67 Leinster

Italy

Sergio Parisse

Another tournament for Jacques Brunel in charge of Italy, with the attempt to finish without the Wooden Spoon once again standing at the top of their wishlist. Since he took over, it’s been just once Italy have been awarded with the dubious honor, last year finishing with one win, over Scotland of course, amid some embarrassing results. They had two wins in the group stage in the World Cup, but didn’t make it out.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Ornel Gega Hooker 24 March 1990 (aged 25) 0 Italy Benetton Treviso
Leonardo Ghiraldini Hooker 26 December 1984 (aged 31) 80 England Leicester Tigers
Martin Castrogiovanni Prop 21 October 1981 (aged 34) 115 France Racing 92
Dario Chistolini Prop 14 September 1988 (aged 27) 13 Italy Zebre
Lorenzo Cittadini Prop 17 December 1982 (aged 33) 44 England Wasps
Andrea Lovotti Prop 28 July 1989 (aged 26) 0 Italy Zebre
Matteo Zanusso Prop 9 April 1993 (aged 22) 0 Italy Benetton Treviso
Valerio Bernabò Lock 3 March 1984 (aged 31) 27 Italy Zebre
George Biagi Lock 4 October 1985 (aged 30) 8 Italy Zebre
Marco Fuser Lock 9 March 1991 (aged 24) 6 Italy Benetton Treviso
Francesco Minto Flanker 20 May 1987 (aged 28) 23 Italy Benetton Treviso
Jacopo Sarto Flanker 15 July 1990 (aged 25) 0 Italy Zebre
Braam Steyn Flanker 2 May 1992 (aged 23) 0 Italy Benetton Treviso
Alessandro Zanni Flanker 31 January 1984 (aged 32) 94 Italy Benetton Treviso
Sergio Parisse (c) Number 8 12 September 1983 (aged 32) 114 France Stade Français
Dries van Schalkwyk Number 8 21 December 1984 (aged 31) 0 Italy Zebre
Edoardo Gori Scrum-half 5 March 1990 (aged 25) 47 Italy Benetton Treviso
Guglielmo Palazzani Scrum-half 11 April 1991 (aged 24) 15 Italy Zebre
Carlo Canna Fly-half 25 August 1992 (aged 23) 7 Italy Zebre
Edoardo Padovani Fly-half 15 May 1993 (aged 22) 0 Italy Zebre
Giulio Bisegni Centre 4 April 1992 (aged 23) 2 Italy Zebre
Michele Campagnaro Centre 13 March 1993 (aged 22) 18 England Exeter Chiefs
Tommaso Castello Centre 14 August 1991 (aged 24) 0 Italy Calvisano
Gonzalo Garcia Centre 18 February 1984 (aged 31) 39 Italy Zebre
Kelly Haimona Centre 30 July 1986 (aged 29) 7 Italy Zebre
Andrea Pratichetti Centre 26 November 1988 (aged 27) 1 Italy Benetton Treviso
Mattia Bellini Wing 8 February 1994 (aged 21) 0 Italy Petrarca
David Odiete Wing 24 February 1993 (aged 22) 0 Italy Mogliano
Leonardo Sarto Wing 15 January 1992 (aged 24) 23 Italy Zebre
Luke McLean Fullback 29 June 1987 (aged 28) 75 Italy Benetton Treviso

Scotland

Greig Laidlaw

This is the second Six Nations tournament for Vern Cotter as the Scottish coach. He didn’t enjoy his first try, with Scotland losing all five games to be awarded the Wooden Spoon for the second time in four years. In the World Cup things were different, making the quarterfinals and losing 35-34 to Australia, mostly because of poor refereeing and some dodgy late-match decision making by the players.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Ross Ford Hooker 23 April 1984 (aged 31) 94 Scotland Edinburgh
Pat MacArthur Hooker 27 April 1987 (aged 28) 6 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Stuart McInally Hooker 9 August 1990 (aged 25) 2 Scotland Edinburgh
Alasdair Dickinson Prop 11 September 1983 (aged 32) 52 Scotland Edinburgh
Zander Fagerson Prop 19 January 1996 (aged 20) 0 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Moray Low Prop 28 November 1984 (aged 31) 29 England Exeter Chiefs
WP Nel Prop 30 April 1986 (aged 29) 8 Scotland Edinburgh
Gordon Reid Prop 4 March 1987 (aged 28) 15 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Rory Sutherland Prop 24 August 1992 (aged 23) 0 Scotland Edinburgh
Jonny Gray Lock 14 March 1994 (aged 21) 19 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Richie Gray Lock 24 August 1989 (aged 26) 51 France Castres
Tim Swinson Lock 17 February 1987 (aged 28) 17 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Ben Toolis Lock 31 March 1992 (aged 23) 1 Scotland Edinburgh
John Barclay Flanker 24 September 1986 (aged 29) 45 Wales Scarlets
Blair Cowan Flanker 21 April 1986 (aged 29) 15 England London Irish
Chris Fusaro Flanker 21 July 1989 (aged 26) 4 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
John Hardie Flanker 27 July 1988 (aged 27) 5 Scotland Edinburgh
Josh Strauss Flanker 23 October 1986 (aged 29) 5 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Adam Ashe Number 8 24 July 1993 (aged 22) 6 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
David Denton Number 8 5 February 1990 (aged 26) 32 England Bath
Sam Hidalgo-Clyne Scrum-half 4 August 1993 (aged 22) 8 Scotland Edinburgh
Greig Laidlaw (c) Scrum-half 12 October 1985 (aged 30) 46 England Gloucester
Finn Russell Fly-half 23 September 1992 (aged 23) 15 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Duncan Weir Fly-half 10 May 1991 (aged 24) 21 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Mark Bennett Centre 3 February 1993 (aged 23) 13 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Alex Dunbar Centre 23 April 1990 (aged 25) 14 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Peter Horne Centre 5 October 1989 (aged 26) 15 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Matt Scott Centre 30 September 1990 (aged 25) 33 Scotland Edinburgh
Duncan Taylor Centre 5 September 1989 (aged 26) 12 England Saracens
Sean Lamont Wing 15 January 1981 (aged 35) 101 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Sean Maitland Wing 14 September 1988 (aged 27) 20 England London Irish
Tommy Seymour Wing 1 July 1988 (aged 27) 22 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Tim Visser Wing 29 May 1987 (aged 28) 23 England Harlequins
Ruaridh Jackson Fullback 12 February 1988 (aged 27) 27 England Wasps
Stuart Hogg Fullback 24 June 1992 (age 23) 38 Scotland Glasgow Warriors

Wales

Sam Warburton

Warren Gatland heads Wales into another Six Nations tournament. They were champions in 2012 and 2013, finishing third in 2015 due to points differential, having the four wins, one loss record just like England and Ireland, losing to England on this occasion. They put in a massive effort in the World Cup quarterfinal but were beaten 23-19 by South Africa.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Scott Baldwin  Hooker 12 July 1988 (aged 27) 15 Wales Ospreys
Kristian Dacey Hooker 25 July 1989 (aged 26) 2 Wales Cardiff Blues
Ken Owens Hooker 3 January 1987 (aged 29) 34 Wales Scarlets
Rob Evans Prop 14 April 1992 (aged 23) 3 Wales Scarlets
Tomas Francis Prop 27 April 1992 (aged 23) 7 England Exeter Chiefs
Paul James Prop 13 May 1982 (aged 33) 65 Wales Ospreys
Aaron Jarvis Prop 20 May 1986 (aged 29) 16 Wales Ospreys
Gethin Jenkins Prop 17 November 1980 (aged 35) 119 Wales Cardiff Blues
Samson Lee  Prop 30 November 1992 (aged 23) 17 Wales Scarlets
Jake Ball  Lock 21 June 1991 (aged 24) 15 Wales Scarlets
Luke Charteris Lock 9 March 1983 (aged 32) 62 France Racing 92
Bradley Davies Lock 9 January 1987 (aged 29) 49 England Wasps
Dominic Day Lock 22 August 1985 (aged 30) 3 England Bath
Alun Wyn Jones  Lock 19 September 1985 (aged 30) 94 Wales Ospreys
Josh Turnbull Flanker 12 March 1988 (aged 27) 7 Wales Cardiff Blues
James King  Flanker 24 July 1990 (aged 25) 7 Wales Ospreys
Dan Lydiate  Flanker 18 December 1987 (aged 28) 51 Wales Ospreys
Ross Moriarty Flanker 18 April 1994 (aged 21) 4 England Gloucester
Justin Tipuric Flanker 6 August 1989 (aged 26) 38 Wales Ospreys
Sam Warburton (c)  Flanker 5 October 1988 (aged 27) 60 Wales Cardiff Blues
Taulupe Faletau Number 8 12 November 1990 (aged 25) 52 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Aled Davies Scrum-half 19 July 1992 (aged 23) 0 Wales Scarlets
Gareth Davies Scrum-half 18 August 1990 (aged 25) 9 Wales Scarlets
Lloyd Williams Scrum-half 30 November 1989 (aged 26) 24 Wales Cardiff Blues
Dan Biggar  Fly-half 16 October 1989 (aged 26) 39 Wales Ospreys
Rhys Priestland Fly-half 9 January 1987 (aged 29) 40 England Bath
Cory Allen Centre 11 February 1993 (aged 22) 4 Wales Cardiff Blues
Jonathan Davies Centre 5 April 1988 (aged 27) 48 France Clermont
Tyler Morgan  Centre 11 September 1995 (aged 20) 3 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Jamie Roberts Centre 8 November 1986 (age 29) 74 England Harlequins
Hallam Amos Wing 24 September 1994 (aged 21) 5 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Alex Cuthbert Wing 5 April 1990 (aged 25) 40 Wales Cardiff Blues
Tom James Wing 17 April 1987 (aged 28) 10 Wales Cardiff Blues
George North Wing 13 April 1992 (aged 23) 55 England Northampton Saints
Gareth Anscombe Fullback 10 May 1991 (aged 24) 3 Wales Cardiff Blues
Matthew Morgan Fullback 23 April 1992 (aged 23) 5 England Bristol
Liam Williams Fullback 9 April 1991 (aged 24) 26 Wales Scarlets
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