Head Coach – Joe Schmidt
The New Zealander took over as Ireland coach in 2013, helping the side to back-to-back RBS 6 Nations titles in 2014 and 2015 and leading them to a first series victory in the southern hemisphere.
Schmidt’s contract had been due to expire at the end of 2017, but he has now extended his deal to after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Captain – Rory Best
The Ulsterman became the fifth man to win 100 caps for Ireland in 2016 while also leading his country to a historic victory against the All Blacks in the same year.
While last year’s Six Nations was a difficult one for Ireland, Best is the only Irishman to have captained his side to wins over Australia, New Zealand and the Springboks in a single calendar year.
We’d say he’s a dark horse to captain the British & Irish Lions as he’s a hard-working player with a perfect temperament.
What channel are Ireland on?
Saturday, February 4th: Scotland v Ireland (BBC, 2:25pm kick-off)
Saturday, February 11th: Italy v Ireland (ITV, 2:25pm)
Saturday, February 25th: Ireland v France (ITV, 4:50pm)
Friday, Match 10th: Wales v Ireland (BBC, 8:05pm)
Saturday, March 18th: Ireland v England (ITV, 5pm)
For the full Six Nations fixture list, CLICK HERE
Stadium- Aviva Stadium
The stadium, which boasts a 57,100 capacity, sits on the site of Irish rugby’s former home Lansdowne Road, which was demolished for rebuilding in 2007.
Did you know? The stadium’s roof is designed to undulate in a wave-like manner so as to avoid blocking light to local residences.
Rugby History: The 2013 Heineken Cup Final took place in the Aviva Stadium on 18 May 2013.
Key Player – Conor Murray
Conor Murray is probably the best scrum-half in the world right now.
He’s a quick-thinking player, which is what you need at the breakdown in the modern game.
He also has an eye for a gap, which allows Ireland to get on the front foot attacking-wise, turning defensive situations into offense.
He may be a No.9 but he’s a very physical and is an imposing figure.
Rising Star – Garry Ringrose
Despite being tagged with the burdensome moniker of Brian O’Driscoll’s heir apparent for Leinster and Ireland, Ringrose has continued his rugby development apace, winning three Test caps in 2016.
He has an eye for a gap, a subtle step and whilst not the archetypal midfield thumper, also relishes the physical aspect of centre play.
His partnership with Robbie Henshaw for club and country is both devastating and exciting.
Social Media Favourite – Simon Zebo
The fullback knows how to use 140 characters.
— Simon Zebo (@SimonZebo) January 15, 2017