The RBS Six Nations Rugby Live Stream is back, with title holders England looking to match their Grand Slam performance in 2016.But Wales, Ireland and Scotland will all be out in force, with every match live on TV on either the BBC or ITV.This is the second year that the two broadcasters have shared Six Nations rugby TV coverage. Just like last year, ITV will have live coverage of England, Ireland and Italy’s home matches, with BBC showing the home games for Wales, Scotland and France.
Find out the dates, kick-off times and TV coverage details for all the matches in this year’s Six Nations below.
Saturday 4 February
Scotland v Ireland kick-off 2.25pm | Live on BBC1
England v France kick-off 4.50pm | Live on ITV
Sunday 5 February
Italy v Wales kick-off 2pm | Live on ITV
Saturday 11 February
Italy v Ireland kick-off 2.45pm | Live on ITV
Wales v England kick-off 4.50pm | Live on BBC1
Sunday 12 February
France v Scotland kick-off 3pm | Live on BBC1
Saturday 25 February
Scotland v Wales kick-off 2.25pm | Live on BBC1
Ireland v France kick-off 4.50pm | Live on ITV
Sunday 26 February
England v Italy kick-off 3pm | Live on ITV
Friday 10 March
Wales v Ireland kick-off 8.05pm | Live on BBC1
Saturday 11 March
Italy v France kick-off 1.30pm | Live on ITV
England v Scotland kick-off 4pm | Live on ITV
Saturday 18 March
Scotland v Italy kick-off 12.30pm | Live on BBC1
France v Wales kick-off 2.45pm | Live on ITV
Ireland v England kick-off 5pm | Live on ITV
Defending champions England are attempting to win back-to-back titles for the first time since 2001, with Eddie Jones promising a brave brand of rugby that he hopes will ignite the Six Nations.
Ireland will challenge England Six Nations Rugby Live Stream and final-round meeting in Dublin is a potential championship decider, but Wales and Scotland will also make their presence felt.
Six Nations and Grand Slam champions England will face increased competition as they look to retain their crown. In November, Ireland defeated the All Blacks, Italy beat South Africa, Wales overcame South Africa, Scotland lost narrowly to Australia and we saw glimpses of Guy Noves’ scintillating French attack against New Zealand and Australia.
So with the RBS 6 Nations kicking off on Saturday, we run the rule over the contenders.
The question on the lips of every England fan is, will it get much better? After they discarded every tier one team in 2016 bar the All Blacks — whom they didn’t play — confidence is sky high. Injuries to the likes of Billy and Mako Vunipola haven’t been ideal preparation, but what Eddie Jones has learnt over the course of an historic year is that he has strength in depth. Injury merely provides an opportunity for players to prove themselves, as Joe Launchbury did when Maro Itoje was injured.
Coach: Eddie Jones
After an unblemished first year in charge, Jones’ attention seems to be turning towards building a squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. After his remarkable year of 13 victories, he was quick to point out that England were not top of the world rankings. His goal is to lift the Webb Ellis trophy in Japan and to knock the All Blacks off their perch as the top team in the world. That preparation starts here.
Captain: Dylan Hartley
Jones has backed his captain after his latest indiscretion earned him a six-week ban, but with no match practice in that time, a question mark hangs over his fitness. A bigger question perhaps is whether he will return to his disciplined self while working under Jones Six Nations Rugby Live Stream. Another victorious Six Nations campaign would be just what he needs to get people back to talking about his ability on the field, and it also could open the door for him to captain the Lions.
Key-man: Owen Farrell
While the onus on Farrell’s kicking may not be as much of a burden, he will remain key in edging close games. His partnership with George Ford has improved immeasurably and his ability to put players through has also come on. A different proposition at centre, and England are better for it.
A run of 14 wins without defeat — 13 under Jones — will be tested severely as the other nations look to knock them off their perch. The most pleasing aspect of the year for Jones must be that, apart from the opening 15 minutes against Australia, they never looked like relinquishing their winning run. A resurgent Ireland and France will test them while a visit to Cardiff is not as daunting as it once was.
Forwards: Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Wasps), Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).
Despite back-to-back defeats to Australia and New Zealand, France finally looked to be on the brink of something special towards the end of last year. There was a spark in the back-line which didn’t involve massive centres pummelling towards defences. France have gone back to the running rugby which made them a great team to watch and with that emphasis, Noa Nakaitaci and Virimi Vakatawa look set to light up the tournament.
Coach: Guy Novès
It was a less than impressive first year of the Novès reign. But from a staggering start which saw them just edge Italy in Paris, the team looks to have finally grasped the running rugby which the coach wants them to play. He has put faith in the players and they have responded. His brand of rugby will gain him a following but it is yet to be seen whether they can limit their handling errors to complement the style which made Novès’ Toulouse side so dangerous.
Captain: Guilhem Guirado
In the past three seasons, Guirado has played in every French Six Nations game and in each year has come out with just two victories. In short, a lot more is expected. It was never going to be an easy job replacing Thierry Dusautoir as captain but Novès remains convinced Guirado is the right person for the job. His work rate is exceptional but he will be keen to improve his lineout throw, as France coughed up four steals against New Zealand.
Key-man: Baptiste Serin
The Bordeaux Bègles scrum-half is seen by many as the answer to all of France’s problems. Perhaps not all, but he certainly showed against the All Blacks, as a second-half replacement he may be the future at nine for Les Blues. The 22-year-old’s reverse pass for Louis Picamoles’ try was exquisite and off the tee he was composed. With the French back-line ready to excite, Serin could play a crucial role in gaining a title they last won in 2010.
On the results side of things, France come Six Nations Rugby Live in with no form, but in performances, they have gradually shown they can play the attacking, quick-ball, no ruck game which was part of Novès’ Toulouse. Form goes out the window. They begin where they left off last year, against England, this time at Twickenham, where they have not won since 2007.