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The Six Nations is off and running with reigning champions Ireland laying down quite the marker with their dominant 38-17 win over France on Friday night.

The tournament's first weekend continues on Saturday with England taking on Italy before Wales meet Scotland.

To celebrate the start of the Six Nations, Mail Sport has delved into its picture archive to pick out some brilliant images from the past. 

You can purchase your own copies of these images and dozens more by visiting the Northcliffe Collection's rugby page here.  

John Williams, the England scrum half, emerges from a muddy skirmish on what looks like a straw pitch during the 1955 Five Nations encounter at Cardiff Arms Park. As the terrible conditions may suggest, it wasn't a classic contest, with Wales winning 3-0.

John Williams, the England scrum half, emerges from a muddy skirmish on

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