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From William Webb Ellis, the boy who in 1823, in the middle of a game at Rugby school, “first took the ball in his arms and ran with it”, to the rousing choruses of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Bread of Heaven, The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond and The Fields of Athenry, rugby has never been a sport that’s shy of mythologising. Has the Six Nations lost its muddy tribal charm in the trimmed professionalism of the modern game? Not a bit of it. When Sam Warburton of Wales and Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip lead their teams out (k/o 1.30pm), mythology and modernity will combine in the fizzing cauldron of the Millennium Stadium. Then it’s off to Twickenham, where England and Scotland’s lithe giants play out a 134-year-old rivalry for the Calcutta Cup (k/o 4pm).
Wales v Ireland (Kick-off 1.30pm). Jason Mohammad introduces coverage of the opening match of this year's championship, as the sides meet at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Wales won the Grand Slam last year and began with a win over Ireland in Dublin, but have struggled since that tournament victory, losing three times in Australia and all four of their autumn internationals, including defeats at home to Argentina and Samoa. Ireland have retained Jamie Heaslip as captain despite the return from injury of Brian O'Driscoll, and are seeking a first victory in Cardiff since 2009. With commentary by Eddie Butler, Philip Matthews and Martyn Williams, and analysis by Keith Wood and Jonathan Davies.
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