Six Nations 2023 fixtures, start dates, teams, where to watch

Six Nations 2023 fixtures, start dates, teams, where to watch

As one of the most awaited international rugby fixtures, Europe's second-largest rugby union event takes place annually, bringing together six countries. 2023 is no different, with the Six Nations Championship set to occur between February and March. Dig in here and learn more about the Six Nations 2023 fixtures and the rumoured entry of a new nation.

Who has won the Six Nations the most?
Ireland's Malcolm O'Kelly wins a line-out ball during the Five Nations Championship match against Wales at Lansdowne in Dublin, Ireland, on the 21st of March 1998. Photo by Mike Cooper/Allsport.
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Out of the countries that make up the Six Nations, England has won the most Six Nations Championship trophies. Scroll down and discover more, including predictions about the country most likely to win the Six Nations in 2023.

What is the Six Nations Championship?

The international men's rugby union has two main annual events, the Rugby World Cup and the Six Nations Championships. As its name suggests, the championship comprises rugby union teams from six countries, including England, Wales, France, Italy, Ireland and Scotland.

Originally known as the Home Nations Championship, the tournaments began with Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland in 1883 before France entered the Five Nations. In 2000, Italy joined the five European rugby giants marking the start of the Six Nations Championships.

Who is showing 6 Nations 2023?
England's number 5 player, Wade Dooley, wins the line-out during the Five Nations Championship match against Wales at Twickenham in London, England, in February 1988. Photo by David Cannon/Allsport.
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Since its inception, the tournaments have been held 127 times. The exciting Six Nations 2023 championships offer a stage for a fierce rivalry between the teams ahead of the much anticipated 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Six Nations 2023 tickets release date

How to get tickets for Six Nations 2023? Each of the participating countries handles the sales of match tickets. According to the Six Nations official website, fans can access tickets from participating rugby unions or official ticketing partners.

How many people watched Six Nations?
Fans drum up publicity for the France 2023 Rugby World Cup bid before the RBS Six Nations match against Wales at Stade de France in March 2017 in Paris, France. Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport.
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How to watch the Six Nations Championships 2023?

Television viewers can watch the matches on free-to-air channels on BBC Sports and ITV Sports. The full list of official TV broadcasters for the championships includes the following channels.

  1. Stan Sport
  2. More Than Sports
  3. WOWOW
  4. Premier Sports Asia
  5. Premier Sports
  6. Nova Sports
  7. Rom Telecom
  8. Ziggo Sport
  9. Movistar
  10. Sport TV
  11. ESPN
  12. ESPN SUR
  13. TV5 Monde
  14. TV5 Monde (French games only)
  15. SuperSport
  16. DAZN
  17. NBC Sports Network
  18. RTÉ
  19. France 2
  20. Sky Italia

In addition, the tournament will be streamed live on Peacock, TVMucho, RTÉ Player and BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and France TV's FR2. Fans will also be treated to a behind-the-scenes docuseries following each team in the tournament. The show is set to air in 2024 on Netflix.

6 Nations 2023 TV coverage
Juan Ignacio Brex celebrates Italy's victory with teammates after the Six Nations Rugby match against Wales at Principality Stadium on March 19, 2022, in Cardiff, Wales. Photo by Stu Forster.
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The Six Nations 2023 start date

The tournament is set to start on the fourth of February 2021, with the first clash between Wales and Ireland. The Welsh team will take on Ireland at their home grounds, the Principality Stadium, in round 1 at 2.15 pm GMT.

How many matches are there in the 6 Nations? According to the tournament rules, there are a total of 15 rugby matches in the annual tournament, played in five rounds. Here is a summary of the Six Nations 2023 fixtures, dates and venues.

Round 1

4th February 2023Ireland vs Wales2.15 pm GMTPrincipality Stadium, Cardiff
4th February 2023England vs Scotland4.45 pm GMTTwickenham Stadium, London
4th February 2023Italy vs France3 pm GMTStadio Olimpico, Roma

Round 2

What are the six teams in the Six Nations?
Jamison Gibson-Park (C) of Ireland chips the ball ahead during the championship match against Scotland at Aviva Stadium in March 2022 in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by Richard Heathcote.
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11th February 2023Ireland vs France2.15 pm GMTAviva Stadium, Dublin
11th February 2023Scotland vs Wales4.45 pm GMTBT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
11th February 2023England vs Italy3.00 pm GMTTwickenham Stadium, London

Round 3

25th February 2023Italy vs Ireland2.15 pm GMTStadio Olimpico, Roma
25th February 2023Wales vs England4.45 pm GMTPrincipality Stadium, Cardiff
25th February 2023France vs Scotland3 pm GMTStade de France, Saint-Denis

Round 4

How long have Italy been in the Six Nations?
Italy's Garbisi kicks a conversion to win the game as Welsh players Biggar and Louis attempt a charge down during the match at Principality Stadium in March 2022 in Cardiff. Photo by Mike Hewitt.
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11th March 2023Italy vs Wales2.15 pm GMTStadio Olimpico, Roma
11th March 2023Scotland vs Ireland3 pm GMTBT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
11th March 2023England vs France4.45 pm GMTTwickenham Stadium, London

Round 5

18th March 2023Scotland vs Italy12.30 pm GMTBT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
18th March 2023France vs Wales2.45 pm GMTStade de France, Saint-Denis
18th March 2023Ireland vs England5 pm GMTAviva Stadium, Dublin

Six Nations 2023 end date

How long do the 6 Nations championships last? Each year, the tournaments occur in February and conclude towards the end of March with two designated rest weekends. The 2023 fixtures will end on the 18th of March with a clash between Ireland and England held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.

Who is a favourite to win the Six Nations?

In a race to declare the best rugby team of all time, a poll by the Guardian revealed that the English team was most likely to win, followed by the French. However, other publications report that the French team has a higher chance of winning following their 2022 performance.

France Six Nations 2023 fixtures
The France squad lifted the Auld Alliance Trophy following their Six Nations victory against Scotland at BT Murrayfield, in February 2022, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group.
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Six Nations' winners in the last ten years

Although the championships have been held for over a century, not all participating teams have held the Triple Crown trophy. The current champions have held the combined Nations' trophies 26 times, while England holds 24 titles.

Wales holds 28 titles, the highest among the participating teams, while Ireland holds 12 titles, and the Scottish team carries seven titles. Although Italy holds no titles or Grand Slams, it claims 16 Wooden Spoon awards. Here is a summary of the Triple Crown winners in the last ten years.

What trophies are in the 6 Nations?
Geoff Parling of England (front) and Ian Evans of Wales (back) jump for the line-out ball during an RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham Stadium in February 2012 in London, England. Photo by Mike Hewitt.
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Will Italy be replaced in the Six Nations?

A recent statement by the 6 Nations organizers denied any intentions of replacing Italy with South Africa's Springbok team. In the statement, the union said,

"Six Nations Rugby, comprising the 6 unions and federations and CVC, wish to confirm that they are not entertaining any discussion nor developing any plans to add or replace any participating union."

Despite this, eager fans, analysts and commentators still debate whether the Springboks will join the 6 Nations. This is fueled by rumours of a $452 million stake and the impending end of South Africa's commitment to the Rugby Championship in 2025.

Just like the Rugby World Cup, the Six Nations 2023 fixtures are quite popular, amassing millions of fans throughout the globe. Although it only involves six European nations, it is evident that the tournament is one of the major world sporting events of 2023.

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