Andrew Trimble may have just been appointed Ulster's new skipper for their domestic campaign, but the Ireland star admits his thoughts are already turning towards taking down the All Blacks in the autumn.
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The 2016 Championship was one to remember for Stuart Hogg, who lit up every round with his blistering displays and was today named RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship after winning an online vote.
Two French tacticians lord over two teams undergoing a transformation in this 2016 RBS 6 Nations opener - and it's only fitting that Guy Novès and Jacques Brunel are pitted against each other for quite possibly the last time.
Whatever happens at Principality Stadium on Saturday Italy are guaranteed to finish bottom of the 2016 RBS 6 Nations title - but they will be keen to finish with a flourish and send Jacques Brunel off in style.