There are plenty of sports fans for whom the Six Nations on ITV just does not feel right. You will not find these people in ITV’s accounts department, where they are celebrating a year of record profits to which coverage of the Rugby World Cup made a significant contribution. England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy will all collide once again for five more weeks of sporting drama. The Six Nations returns in just a couple of weeks – and the TV schedule has been released. Click Here to Rugby TV
BBC and ITV have shared the rights for the coverage of the 2016 event, which is the start of an agreement to split the games between the two broadcasters for the next six years.
England’s fixtures with Scotland (Saturday 6 February) and France (Saturday 19 March) will be broadcast by BBC.
The matches against Italy (Sunday 14 February), Ireland (Saturday 27 February) and Wales (Saturday 12 March) will be shown on ITV.
But kick-starting the action is France against Italy – and here’s where you can watch that, and all of the rest of the action, on the box…
My captain would be Joe Launchberry, not Dylan Hartley. I would pick the team and then the captain, and one of the first names on my team sheet would be Launchberry. For me Dylan isn’t an automatic pick, so he wouldn’t be my captain. That’s the dilemma.
The backs have not become any clearer since Lancaster’s era. Fly half is going to be a tough one, because it sets the tone of the attack. Owen Farrell and George Ford have different skill sets, but George brings more attacking options.
Wales have enormous experience, both with players and coaches. The nucleus of that squad has been together for at least four years, and they’re all 50 cappers. That will play a big part, and they should do very well, along with Ireland.
It would be unbelievable if England won the championship. I know they’ve come second in the past two tournaments so it doesn’t seem like a big step up, but with all the changes and the injection of young players, it would be some achievement. Then again, Warren Gatland for Wales and Joe Schmidt for Ireland managed it in their first attempts…
How To Watch Online & Six Nations fixtures and TV information
Saturday 6 February, 14.25, France v Italy, Stade de France, BBC One
Saturday 6 February, 16.50, Scotland v England, Murrayfield, BBC One
Sunday 7 February, 15.00, Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, ITV
Saturday 13 February, 14.25, France v Ireland, Stade de France, BBC One
Saturday 13 February, 16.50, Wales v Scotland, Principality Stadium, BBC One
Sunday 14 February, 14.00, Italy v England, Stadio Olimpico, ITV
Friday 26 February, 20.05, Wales v France, Principality Stadium, BBC One
Saturday 27 February, 14.25, Italy v Scotland, Stadio Olimpico, ITV
Saturday 27 February, 16.50, England v Ireland, Twickenham, ITV
Saturday 12 March, 13.30, Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, ITV
Saturday 12 March, 16.00, England v Wales, Twickenham, ITV
Sunday 13 March, 15.00, Scotland v France, Murrayfield, BBC One
Saturday 19 March, 14.30, Wales v Italy, Principality Stadium, BBC One
Saturday 19 March, 17.00, Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, ITV
Saturday 19 March, 20.00, France v England, Stade de France, BBC One