# Know Your Enemy

Last year
Egotists, never-weres and safe bets - how things stand a year out from the World Cup
With the November Series ready to heat up, we run our eye over the leading challengers for next year’s tournament.
All time
Youthful, confident and dangerous, Japan are out to make their mark at World Cup
We take a closer look at the second of Ireland’s Pool C opponents.
Australia gunning to 'knock off' Ireland in World Cup opener
The Wallaroos are low on experience, but in no shortage of confidence as they bring their Olympic gold medalists to the 15s game.
Everything you need to know about Dundalk's Champions League opponents
Legia Warsaw stand between the Lilywhites and a historic place in the competition’s group-stage.
Ireland face a familiar (and formidable) foe in U20 World Championship opener
The Grand Slam winners have lost a key man, but they are still an impressive outfit as we near the big kick-off.
Ability, attitude... and the next Shane Williams? The Welsh perspective on the Six Nations
Welsh rugby blogger Seb Greenwood believes Gatland’s side have got what it takes to go all the way.
Have we got a kicker? Can we defend? The Italian perspective on the Six Nations
Italian rugby blogger Dario Mazzocchi serves up the penultimate part of our Six Nations preview series.
Lewandowski aside, do Ireland have much to fear when they come up against Poland?
Why Martin O’Neill’s men must watch out for Kamil Glik, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Arkadiusz Milik among others.
England XV as expected with Goode and Nowell brought in for Ireland clash
Stuart Lancaster has kept the changes in his back three.
France: We have to give Lopez the keys and let him play his game
Jeremy from the Bajadita rugby blog profiles Les Bleus ahead of opening weekend.
Scotland: Big Vern in charge, talent pushing through... but we dread another false dawn
Our Scottish friends get us up to speed on their Six Nations chances.
Italy: We'll always have Parisse
We asked the man in the know about Italian rugby to tell us how the Azzurri are shaping up.
Know your enemy: English expectancy dips before big opening night
We asked the Blood and Mud blog to preview the Six Nations from England’s perspective. Here’s what he had to say.
'We'll have to show Cheika something he hasn't seen before' -- Jonathan Sexton
Ireland’s out-half also looked back on a painful day the last time he faced his former coach.
'Boks stay bashful about scrum chances while trusting Pollard to fire up the back-line
South Africa are in rude health, while Joe Schmidt could conceivably have to make do without his entire first-choice front row.
Gibraltar boss: We're not coming to Dublin to park the bus
“My attackers will show that they’re capable of scoring goals against anyone,” warns Allen Bula.
Scout's report: Edinburgh looking to catch Munster out at Murrayfield
Alan Solomons’ side are bottom of the Pro12, but will welcome a fresh start in Europe.
Roy Keane is at Croke Park today (possibly on a scouting mission)
JBM wants a full dossier from Roy on the winner of today’s All Ireland hurling semi-final
8 pack: All you need to know about 6 Nations champions Wales
the fifth and final instalment in our team-by-team guide this year’s tournament.
VIDEO: Here’s how France romped to victory over Argentina last night
It was another impressive performance showing from Les Bleus.
Ireland v Greece: Guide to the visiting team
A look at Ireland’s visitors at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday night, Greece.
Between us and our dreams: Who is Luke Campbell?
John Joe Nevin’s opponent is a decent lad and a great boxer, there must be some Irish in him.
Between us and our dreams: Who is Sofya Ochigava?
Only one woman can stop Katie Taylor from winning gold in London this afternoon, and she’s a familiar foe. Here’s what you need to know about Sofya Ochigava of Russia.
Roach may be confident but Khan needs to be vigilant
Amir Khan steps into the ring against Lamont Peterson knowing that overconfidence could be his undoing…
Who we're up against: Quick guide to the Estonian National Team
Some dogged performances as Group C came to a close left Estonia as improbable group runners-up. Here’s the lowdown on their key personnel and the team’s journey to the play-offs.
Focus: Who are Rovers facing? We take a look at Partizan Belgrade
Their manager has been compared to Sir Alex Ferguson and they used to pay good money to Mateja Kezman. This is Partizan Belgrade…