Six Nations 2020: The 2020 Six Nations Rugby Championship begins on Saturday 1st February, when Grand Slam champions Wales take on Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The action then moves quickly to Dublin, where Ireland face Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.
The Six Nations is back – and it’s set to be one of the biggest sporting events of 2020. Six teams will battle it out for Grand Slam glory over the course of five epic rounds in an effort to top the Six Nations table and be crowned champions. Want to catch all the rugby greats in action? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to watch every Six Nations 2020 fixture live.
Once again, the the Six Nations will feature England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and France. The international tournament kicks off with Grand Slam champions Wales hosting Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on 1st February, and concludes with Ireland’s trip to the Stade de France on 14th March.
England get underway on Sunday 2nd February, when they take on France in Paris. Although they lost out to South Africa in the World Cup final in Japan, England are clear favourites to lift the Six Nations trophy. It won’t be easy, though. Former captain Martin Johnson has warned Eddie Jones’ side that they’ll need to top their ‘best-ever’ performances if they’re going to taste success against a highly capable French team.
“It’s a big tournament for England to establish themselves. If they play poorly and get beaten in Paris, all that good stuff from the World Cup is gone very quickly,” says Johnson.
Could a debut for George Furbank at full-back be on the cards? Adding Furbank to the likes of Courtney Lawes, Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell could be just the ticket propel England to victory in ‘Le Crunch’.
With new coaches and new players, this year’s Six Nations is shaping up to be an epic. Grab your remote and get comfy – here’s how to watch every try and tackle as the Six Nations 2020 hots up…
Watch the Six Nations 2020 in the UK
Good news: all Six Nations matches will be shown live on terrestrial TV in the UK, which means you can watch every game without paying a penny. Provided you have a TV licence, of course.
Coverage is split between the BBC and ITV (see schedule below for full details). Both the BBC and ITV stream the games online, via the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub websites and mobile apps. That way, you can catch the match on a smart TV, tablet, smartphone or desktop computer.
Viewers will can watch highlights every Sunday night on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. There will also be in-play highlights of BBC games and match highlights of every match shortly after the final whistle. ITV will also offer a special Hub-exclusive video after each round called The Breakdown.
While there are no 4K broadcasts, games will be available in HD on your television, or in standard definition via BBC iPlayer and ITV Player.
Not in the UK during the Six Nations? No problem. Simply download and install a VPN and set your location to the UK. That way, you can watch all the games live, as if you were at home. You’ll find a step-by-step guide to the best VPNs below.
How to watch the Six Nations 2020 from abroad using a VPN
Trying to access BBC and ITV Six Nations streams from outside the UK – if you’re on holiday or working abroad, for example – is still a problem. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access – even if you’re a UK national. This will be the same if you try to access any geo-blocked stream from around the world.
So, you’ll need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to help you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
VPNs are as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location are not supposed to do. So, whether you want to watch the Six Nations, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then they’re well worth considering.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others, and some with regular incredible deals like Pure VPN. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service and would recommend the following:
You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Which comes in at as little as $2.99 (£2.29) per month and features 24/7 assistance
Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
You can find a full list of the world’s broadcasters with rights to show live Six Nations matches here.