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.
Last weekend saw England suffer a 24-17 defeat to a new look France in Paris, while Grand Slam champions Wales hammered Italy 42-0 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
France kicked off their match in style, and tries from Vincent Rattez and Charles Ollivon saw them leading 17-0 by the half-time whistle. After the break, Ollivon notched up France's third try before England finally hit back with a couple of tries from Jonny May. Can England redeem themselves when they meet Scotland on Saturday?
The Calcutta Cup clash will see old rivalries reignited, as both Eddie Jones and Gregor Townsend's sides chase their first win of the tournament. England have already rung the changes, with Heinz, Ludlam, Vunipola, Kruis and Joseph set to return to the starting line-up, while Ben Earl and Tom Dunn are tipped for debuts from the bench.
Over in Dublin, Ireland will be hoping to end Wales' unbeaten run in the Six Nations. Ireland has an impressive track record at home and head coach Andy Farrell reckons his imposing side aren't short of confidence: "We're in a good place, we're brimming, ready for what we know is going to be a really, really tough game."
Wales might have enjoyed a walk-over last week, running five tries against a lacklustre Italy, but they're not letting complacency creep in. The clash with Ireland will be Wales' first real test of the tournament, with head coach Wayne Pivac warning that his team will have to "front up physically" to get another win under their belts.
Finally, Sunday sees second-place France take on bottom-of-the-table Italy at the Stade de France in Paris. France's Virimi Vakatawa, out with an injury, will be replaced by Arthur Vincent. The in-form 20-year-old won his first cap off the bench last week, and the Montpellier centre will be hoping to make a name for himself on the international stage. Meanwhile, Jayden Hayward starts at full-back in the only change for a struggling Italy.
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.
How to watch the Six Nations 2020 in the USA
NBC Sports Network has the exclusive rights to show the Six Nations rugby in the United States. You'll need the NBC Sports Gold Rugby Pass, which costs $79.99 per year. It gets you all the Six Nations games, plus Premiership Rugby and the Heineken Champions Cup, live and commercial-free.
NBC Sports Gold Rugby Pass $79.99 per year
Want to watch the Six Nations tournament live and commercial-free in the US? Get the NBC Sports Gold Rugby pass. The $79.99 annual pass covers the Six Nations as well as plenty of other championship rugby tournaments throughout the year.View Deal
How to watch the Six Nations 2020 in Australia
If you're prepared for some pretty early starts, you can watch Six Nations 2020 games in Australia via beIN Sport. The subscription service has the rights to show every match, starting with Wales vs Italy on 1st February.
If you're a Foxtel customer, you can add beIN to your TV package for a small fee. If not, you can subscribe to beIN Sports and watch on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Even better, beIN offers a free two week trial. You can cancel it at any time. If you don't cancel, it automatically renews at a cost of $19.99 per month.
How to watch the Six Nations 2020 in New Zealand
beIN Sports also has the rights to show the Six Nations tournament in New Zealand. Rugby fans who subscribe to Sky can add beIN Sports to their Sky Sport package at no extra cost.
Not a Sky subscriber? No worries. Take advantage of beIN's free two week trial. You can cancel it at any time. After that, you'll be rolled onto a monthly plan at a cost of $19.78 per month.
How to watch the Six Nations 2020 in South Africa
SuperSport is the place to watch the Six Nations action in South Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The African online sports channel will broadcast the games via its DStv satellite platform in South Africa. You can sign up to DStv here. Failing that, head to any bar in the Cape Town area.
One of the biggest African online sports channels, DStv also shows live FA Cup, Champions League, La Liga as well as rugby, tennis, golf, motorsport and cricket.
Six Nations 2020 schedule
All times shown are GMT.
Wales v Italy, 2.45pm – Saturday 1st Feb 2020 (BBC Sport)
Ireland v Scotland, 4.45pm – Saturday 1st Feb 2020 (ITV Sport)
England v France, 3pm – Sunday 2nd Feb 2020 (BBC Sport)
Ireland v Wales, 2.15pm – Saturday 8th Feb 2020 (ITV Sport)
Scotland v England, 4.45pm – Saturday 8th Feb 2020 (ITV Sport)
France v Italy, 3pm – Sunday 9th February 2020 (BBC Sport)
Italy v Scotland, 2.15pm – Saturday 22nd Feb 2020 (ITV Sport)
Wales v France, 4.45pm – Saturday 22nd Feb 2020 (BBC Sport)
England v Ireland, 3pm – Sunday 23rd Feb 2020 (ITV Sport)
Ireland v Italy, 2.15pm – Saturday 7th March 2020 (ITV Sport)
England v Wales, 4.45pm – Saturday 7th March 2020 (ITV Sport)
Scotland v France, 3pm – Sunday 8th March 2020 (BBC Sport)
Wales v Scotland, 2.15pm – Saturday 14th March (BBC Sport)
Italy v England, 4.45pm – Saturday 14th March (ITV Sport)
France v Ireland, 8pm, Saturday 14th March (BBC Sport)