Title defense to begin

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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