Round three of the RBS 6 Nations will decide whether teams are challenging for the title or in a scrap to finish in the top half. Never will that be more obvious than in Dublin on Saturday, when Ireland host France.
Whatever happens at Principality Stadium on Saturday Italy are guaranteed to finish bottom of the 2016 RBS 6 Nations title - but they will be keen to finish with a flourish and send Jacques Brunel off in style.
Two French tacticians lord over two teams undergoing a transformation in this 2016 RBS 6 Nations opener - and it's only fitting that Guy Novès and Jacques Brunel are pitted against each other for quite possibly the last time.
Mike Brown admits he hurt more than most when England's RBS 6 Nations title chances took a hit against Ireland last time out - now the returning full-back wants to put that right against Scotland on Saturday.