Six Nations in Pictures: Re-live the best of the opening weekend

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It’s the time of year when millions of people seemingly become rugby experts, but for true fans of rugger, the opening weekend of the Six Nations is always one to savour and this year was no different with a trio of bruising encounters.

France and Italy got things underway in Paris on Saturday afternoon, before Scotland hosted Eddie Jones’ new-look England at Murrayfield in the evening fixture while Ireland and Wales had to wait until Sunday to make their bow.

The three fixtures threw up three enticing matches and endless questions about how this year’s championship might pan out.

They say a picture paints a thousand words, so here’s how the action unfolded…

Italy's flanker Dries van Schalkwyk (L) is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Italy at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 6, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON / AFP / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy may have had a string of injuries, but they put France on the back foot right from the off.

France's wing Hugo Bonneval (C) runs with the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Italy at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on February 6, 2016. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON / AFP / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Reaction was mixed to France’s new kit, but the hosts eventually got going to seal an unconvincing 23-21 victory.

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 06: Sergio Parisse of Italy misses a drop goal attempt at the end of the RBS Six Nations match between France and Italy at Stade de France on February 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Italy skipper Sergio Parisse had a superb game, and almost capped it off in thrilling style, but his late drop-kick sailed wide.

In Edinburgh, George Kruis handed England an early advantage in the Calcutta Cup battle.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Lock George Kruis of England crashes over to score the opening try during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Greig Laidlaw’s right boot kept the scores tight however.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Greig Laidlaw of Scotland kicks at goal during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

But Scotland couldn’t take advantage of promising chances in the second-half, and England’s strength told with Jack Nowell’s try.

<> at Murrayfield Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The visitors saw out the game to clinch the Calcutta Cup by 15 points to nine and hand Eddie Jones a debut win as England coach.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Chris Robshaw, James Haskell and Billy Vunipola of England pose with the Calcutta Cup following their team's victory during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

On Sunday, reigning champions Ireland welcomed Wales to the Aviva Stadium.

during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

A gripping encounter saw the hosts race into a 13-0 lead inside 30 minutes.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Conor Murray of Ireland crashes through the tackle from Justin Tipuric of Wales to score the opening try during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland’s Wales are made of stern stuff however, and launched a mighty fightback.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: Lloyd Williams of Wales makes a break during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

When all was said and done, a thrilling afternoon of rugby ended all-square at 16-16.

<> at Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

So after a superb opening trio of games, all we can say is bring on next weekend!

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