The Six Nations is back for another year. England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy will all battle it out in arguably the most prestigious rugby union tournament of 2020. 

Wales will be out to retain their title, and draw level with England on 28 outright victories, but Eddie Jones’ side will be out to avenge their loss in last year’s match. On the other side, Italy will hope to avoid taking home the Wooden spoon for the fifth consecutive year. 

It looks all set to be a captivating few weeks, and the good news is you can watch completely free in the UK, just so long as you’ve got a TV licence. Here’s all you need to know. 

Six Nations 2019: Fixtures & TV channels

Below we have a list of all the six nations games over the five weeks. You can see the date, who’s playing, kick-off time and what channel it’s being broadcast on. All times are GMT.

Round 1

  • 1 Feb – Wales vs Italy – 2.15pm – BBC One/S4C
  • 1 Feb – Ireland vs Scotland – 4.45pm – ITV
  • 1 Feb – France vs England – 3pm – BBC One

Round 2

  • 8 Feb – Ireland vs Wales  2.15pm  ITV/S4C
  • 8 Feb – Scotland vs England  4.45pm  BBC One
  • 9 Feb – France vs Italy  3pm  BBC One

Round 3

  • 22 Feb – Italy vs Scotland  2.15pm  ITV
  • 22 Feb – Wales vs France  4.45pm  BBC One/S4C
  • 23 Feb – England vs Ireland  3pm  ITV

Round 4

  • 7 March – Ireland vs Italy  2.15pm  ITV
  • 7 March – England vs Wales  4.45pm  ITV/S4C
  • 8 March – Scotland vs France  3pm  BBC One

Round 5

  • 14 March – Wales vs Scotland  2.15pm  BBC One/S4C
  • 14 March – Italy vs England  4.45pm  ITV
  • 14 March – France vs Ireland – 8pm  BBC One

Watch Six Nations online for free

Every match in the tournament will be shown on BBC One or ITV One, so you can tune in on your TV or online. All Wales games will also be shown on S4C.

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To watch live on a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet you can either use a Freeview app such as TVCatchup, or you can use the BBC or ITV’s own streaming apps, iPlayer and ITV Hub.

All three apps are free to download to a phone or tablet from the App Store or Google Play, and can be accessed in a web browser on a PC or laptop.

If you are not on an unlimited mobile data contract on your phone or tablet you should ensure that you are connected to Wi-Fi to avoid high data charges. To stream live rugby matches on a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone you also need to have a valid TV Licence.

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Check the rules out: Do I need a TV Licence?

Watching the Six Nations abroad

If you are on holiday and want to watch the Six Nations, you can do so using a VPN. You can download a VPN (virtual private network) from somewhere like Nord VPN   to ‘browse from the UK’.

For full information, check out our best VPN services chart.



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