WARRIORS back-row Cornell du Preez begins his and Scotland’s Six Nations campaign when the tournament kicks-off today (4.45).

Worcester's ace will be looking to make an impact from the bench having been named as a substitute earlier in the week for the clash against Ireland.

Duncan Weir was another of the club's Scottish contingent to be called up last weekend but missed out on the match day squad for the trip across to Ireland.

Elsewhere, defending Grand Slam champions Wales host wooden spoon favourites Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Ex-Warriors wing Josh Adams will be keen to continue his fine try-scoring form against the Italians to back-up his impressive World Cup.

England are tasked with the difficult prospect of taking on France in Paris on Sunday afternoon to conclude the opening round of fixtures.

Eddie Jones’s team will still be smarting from their World Cup final defeat to South Africa and will be aiming to win the title for the first time since 2017.

There was no place in the squad for Warriors prospect Ted Hill but the hope remains that he will get some time in the remaining fixtures.

The tournament runs over eight weeks with a week gap either side of the third round of fixtures and culminates on March 14.