By Daniel Hunter

The 2012 Six Nations kicks-off today (Saturday), and despite tough economic times in the UK and Europe the appetite for sport is still as strong as ever.

If the doom merchants are to be believed the UK is heading back into recession, consumer confidence is low and families are looking to save as much money as possible.

And yet, despite this, all three of the weekend's fixtures are sell-outs, and have been for some time now.

The players too have financial incentive, with England's players having reportedly been offered £1,852,890 between them should they win their first Grand Slam since 2003.

Regardless of England's results the monetary incentives on offer are substantial, with a play in the match-day squad being worth £9,224 per game, and the win bonus adding an extra £3,075 to that figure.

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