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Title defense to begin

January 25, 2019

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The Six Nations rugby championship begins on next Friday night, Feb. 1, when France hosts Wales. On Saturday, Scotland takes on Italy, while Ireland’s team begins its defense of the title at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin (11:45 a.m., EST, kickoff). The captains posed for pictures at the official launch of the  Guinness-sponsored championship held Wednesday, the Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London: from left, Italy’s Sergio Parisse, England’s Owen Farrell, Ireland’s Rory Best, Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones, Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw and France’s Guilhem Guirado  INPHO/BILLY STICKLAND

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