Scotland vs Italy live stream: how to watch Six Nations 2023 free online and on TV today, kick-off

Scotland's Ollie Smith with the ball and Alessandro Fusco of Italy gestures during a Six Nations Rugby match
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Scotland vs Italy Six Nations 2023 live stream

It's kick-off for Scotland vs Italy in this Six Nations showdown. It's free to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK today. Rugby fans can also watch for free in Ireland via RTÉ 2 and RTÉ Player. Peacock TV will be broadcasting this 2023 Six Nations clash in the USA, DAZN is the network for Canadian rugby fans, and Stan Sport has the Scotland vs Italy live stream in Australia. Use a VPN to watch your usual stream from anywhere if you are outside your home country.

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It's been a solid 2023 Six Nations campaign for Gregor Townsend’s Scotland, and a win at Murrayfield against Italy on today could seal them a creditable their place finish.

A hard-fought defeat to Ireland last time out ended the hosts' hopes of clinching the title. But with struggling England travelling to Grand Slam chasing Ireland in Dublin, there's every chance the Scots could finish the tournament above the Red Rose and deliver their best showing in the Six Nations since finishing third in 2018.

Despite starting with plenty of promise, Italy have failed to register a win in this year's tournament and are now in severe danger of winning the wooden spoon following their defeat to Wales last weekend.

The Azzurri are on a run of 11 defeats to Scotland, with Italy's last victory over the hosts coming all the way back in 2015.

Scotland have made four changes to the side that lost to Ireland last weekend, with Finn Russell, Stuart Hogg and Richie Gray all missing out through injury and Matt Fagerson dropped to the bench. Blair Kinghorn starts at fly-half in place of Russell, Ollie Smith comes in for Hogg at full-back. Sam Skinner meanwhile comes into the second row and Hamish Watson back at openside flanker.

The Italian line up sees Alessandro Fusco handed his first Championship start at scrum-half, while Edoardo Iachizzi and Marco Riccioni also return to the starting XV. Winger Simone Gesi and replacement hooker Marco Manfredi will meanwhile both make their debuts today.

Scotland vs Italy kicks off at 12.30pm GMT / 7.30am EST today, Saturday 18th March, at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Make sure you know how to watch a Scotland vs Italy Six Nations 2023 live stream.

Scotland vs Italy Six Nations 2023 free live stream

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Viewers in the UK can watch the this Six Nations clash for free via terrestrial broadcasters BBC and S4C. Cord-cutters can access a free Scotland vs Italy live stream on BBC iPlayer.

Outside of the UK or Ireland? Use a VPN to access BBC, S4C or Virgin Media when travelling abroad. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

Never used a VPN? No bother. Just follow the step-by-step instructions below...

Watch Scotland vs Italy from abroad with a VPN

You won't be able to watch your regular Scotland vs Italy live stream while traveling abroad. The streaming service will spot that you're in a foreign country and block you. You can use a VPN (virtual private network) to get around this, though.

It's a straightforward piece of software which sets your device to appear as if it's in the right country, allowing you to watch a Scotland vs Italy live stream from anywhere in the world.

We rate ExpressVPN as the best VPN for the 2023 Six Nations. It offers a 30-day guarantee for all your money back if you're not happy with the service.


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How to use a VPN for Scotland vs Italy

Using a VPN to watch Scotland vs Italy is incredibly easy:

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For Scotland vs Italy, you may wish to choose 'UK' for BBC iPlayer.

3. Then head over to BBC iPlayer on your browser or device and enjoy the free Scotland vs Italy live stream.

If, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN. You could also try NordVPN, which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and Surfshark which offers 24 hour assistance.

Scotland vs Italy live stream kick-off times

Global Scotland vs Italy kick-off times

  • UK: 12.30pm
  • Central Europe: 1.30pm
  • USA (EST/PST): 7.30am / 4.30am
  • Australia: 11.30pm (Sunday)
  • New Zealand: 1.30am (Sunday)

Watch Scotland vs Italy live stream in the UK

You can watch Scotland vs Italy live and for free in the UK via BBC One.

Coverage starts at 12pm GMT today ahead of the 12.30pm kick-off.

This means its a piece of cake to watch the match online (either live or on catch-up), as you'll be able to get a free Six Nations live stream via the BBC iPlayer website or mobile app. 

Remember: You can watch every this match free on BBC iPlayer (Use a VPN to access either service when travelling outside of the UK).

Watch Scotland vs Italy live stream in Ireland

Like the UK, you'll be able to watch every match of 2023 Six Nations for free in Ireland.

Terrestrial channel RTE2 is on live broadcast duties for this clash in Edinburgh, with coverage starting at 12pm IST - half an hour before kick-off.

That also means you'll be able to stream every game live via RTE Player, with the service available across a wide range of devices. 

Don't forget: Irish nationals can live stream every match free of charge while abroad with a VPN.

Watch Scotland vs Italy live stream in Australia

Streaming service Stan Sport has the rights to show every match of the 2023 Six Nations live in Australia, and will be broadcasting every game ad-free.

Scotland vs Italy is set to kick-off at 11.30pm AEDT on Sunday night Down Under.

A Stan Sport subscription currently costs $10 per month in addition to a base $10 Stan sub. However, you can take advantage right now of a 7-day free trial.

As well as the Six Nations, Stan Sport also has the rights to a long list of top tier sports, including Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League football, ATP Tour tennis and Formula E.

Don't forget: Australian nationals can live stream every match free of charge while abroad with a VPN.

Watch Scotland vs Italy live stream in USA

Every match of this year's Six Nations rugger will be available to watch in the US via Peacock TV and CNBC.

Kick-off in Edinburgh is set for 7.30am ET / 4.30am PT today.

Peacock currently starts at $4.99 a month for its ad-supported tier, which will also give you access to a wide range of live sports including Premier League soccer and Premiership Rugby

There's also the option of using a streaming service carrying CNBC. FuboTV offers more than 100 additional channels including CNBC as well as Fox, CBS and ESPN. Prices start at $74.99 a month after a FREE 7-day FuboTV trial.

You can also watch CNBC on Sling. You'll need a Sling Blue/Orange subscription plus the News Extra add-on ($6 a month).

As well as being able to watch Six Nations rugby, can watch the rugby, you'll also be able to watch NFL, College Football and more without a pricey cable subscription.

Don't forget: US nationals can live stream every match free of charge while abroad with a VPN.

Watch Scotland vs Italy in New Zealand

Kiwis can tune into Scotland vs Italy via Sky Sport, which is available as part of a range of pay TV packages. 

If you're a subscriber you'll also be able to watch online using the network's Sky Go service.

Kick-off is set for the somewhat inconvenient time of 1.30am NZDT on Sunday morning, so grab yourself a strong coffee.

If you're looking to cut the cords, you can try the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform - where a pass costs $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month. The monthly package comes with a 7-day free trial.

Don't forget: New Zealand nationals can live stream every match free of charge while abroad with a VPN.

Scotland vs Italy live stream in South Africa

Super Sport has rugby fans covered for live Six Nations matches in South Africa and will showing Scotland vs Italy live, along with every other match in this year's tournament.

Kick-off is set for 2.30pm SAST this afternoon.

And if you're not going to be able to watch on your TV, you can also tune in via the network's streaming service for PC and Mac, as well as via SuperSport's dedicated app.

Don't forget: UK nationals can live stream every match free of charge while abroad with ExpressVPN. Follow out guide to using a VPN above.

Scotland vs Italy live in Singapore and Asia

This year's Six Nations will covered live across large parts of Asia by Premier Sports.

The network is set to show every game live in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Scotland vs Italy kick-off is at 8.30pm in Singapore, 6pm IST in India, 5.30pm PKT in Pakistan and at 7.30pm ICT in Thailand.

A weekly pass for Premier Sports Asia will currently set you back $25.99, but there's savings to be had if you opt for a rolling six-month contract at $89.99 or $129.99 for a full year.

Premier Sports Asia is largely focused on rugby, with a subscription giving you access to Heineken Champions Cup, Gallagher Premiership, Super Rugby Pacific and Rugby Championship action.

Don't forget: Asian nationals can live stream every match free of charge while abroad with a cheap VPN.

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