Six Nations 2024: FREE streams, how to watch, schedule, team news

Caelan Doris of Ireland, supported by Joe McCarthy, is tackled by Gregory Alldritt, left, and Paul Willemse of France
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Watch Six Nations for free

We're three matches in to the 2024 Six Nations and Ireland are on top of the table and not looking like they'll be toppled any time soon. With a fortnight break for the teams to dust themselves off and go again, make sure you know where to watch Six Nations FREE live streams online (use a VPN if you're traveling outside the UK).

Six Nations 2024 live stream: Round 3

Having already dismantled pre-tournament favorites France in round one, the champions coasted to a second victory against outsiders Italy and then a third when Ireland played Wales. Dublin is a true fortress for Ireland and the Men in Green are now looking likely to win a second successive Grand Slam. A Saturday evening trip to Twickenham follows next.

And England will be desperate to stop Andy Farrell and his men. Especially after their disappointing loss at Murrayfield last time out. The hosts had won the previous three Scotland vs England clashes and made it a fourth with a 30-21 win. Captain Finn Russell's creativity and winger Duhan van der Merwe's pure pace and power were too much for an error-strewn England to handle.

Round 3 of the 2024 Six Nations wrapped up with France vs Italy and a thriller in Lille. Italy took advantage of France's unfamiliar home stadium, 14 men and notable absences such as Antoine Dupont and Gregory Alldritt to take the scores level at 13-13 going into the closing minutes. And they came painfully close to a historic win – Paolo Garbisi hit the post with a penalty shot at goal and the match finished with the first ever draw between the nations.

Six Nations 2024: Injury news

England vice-captain Ellis Genge returned to the starting line-up to face Scotland, as did fit again centre Ollie Lawrence. Steve Borthwick will be waiting expectantly on the status of absentees such as Marcus Smith, Alex Mitchell and Manu Tuilagi to get his side back on track.

Back rowers Jac Morgan and Taulupe Faletau remain long-term injury problems for Wales, but Warren Gatland had good news in Sam Costelow's return from a neck niggle for the Ireland game.

Andy Farrell has made seven changes to his starting XV against Wales, recalling Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne, Josh van der Flier, Bundee Aki, Jamison Gibson-Park and captain Peter O'Mahony. Usual full back Hugo Keenan hurt his knee a fortnight ago, so in comes Ciaran Frawley.

France will had to face Italy in Lille without their stand-in captain Gregory Alldritt. Add that to Antoine Dupont's absence and Anthony Jelonch's injury, and it's all rather sorry reading for Fabien Galthie who will be disappointed with his team's performances so far this campaign.

Free Six Nations 2024 live streams

The BBC and ITV are showing every game of the Six Nations between them for free in 2024. That means you can watch every game free via BBC iPlayer, ITVX and S4C.

That's also the case in Ireland with RTÉ and Virgin Media Player sharing live broadcast duties

Outside of the UK or Ireland? Use a VPN to access any local stream from abroad. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you change your mind. 

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Watch Six Nations live stream 2024 from anywhere

You won't be able to watch your regular rugby union live streams 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 that sets your device to appear as if it's in a different country, allowing you to watch any Six Nations live stream from anywhere in the world.

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How to use a VPN to stream Six Nations 2024

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. So for Six Nations rugby, you may wish to choose a server in the UK or Ireland.

3. Then head over to BBC iPlayer or ITVX on your browser or device and enjoy the free Six Nations live stream!

Six Nations matches - round 4

All times and TV channels in UK (GMT):

Saturday, 9th Mar – Italy vs Scotland 2.15pm, watch free on ITVX

Saturday, 9th Mar – England vs Ireland 4.45pm, watch free on ITVX

Sunday, 10th Mar – Wales vs France 3pm,  watch free on BBC iPlayer

Watch Six Nations 2024 in the UK

As explained above, coverage of the 2024 Six Nations is once again shared between ITV and the BBC, while S4C will also offer Welsh-language coverage of the Wales match from each round. And all for free!

ITV is set to show every England, France, Ireland and Italy home match, while the BBC has the rights to every Wales and Scotland home match. Full schedule above.

This means its extremely easy to watch Six Nations 2024 matches free on the ITVX and BBC iPlayer websites or mobile apps – both live (with a valid TV licence) and on catch up. 

Remember: use a VPN to access either service when travelling outside of the UK.

Watch Six Nations 2024 in Ireland

Every game of the 2024 Six Nations is being shown for free on Ireland.

Free-to-air networks RTÉ and Virgin Media are once again sharing live broadcast duties.

That also means you'll be able to stream every game live via either RTÉ Player, or Virgin Media Player, with both services available across a wide range of devices. See the schedule above for this weekend's streaming locations.

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

Watch Six Nations 2024 in Australia

Streaming service Stan Sport has the rights to show every match of the 2024 Six Nations live in Australia.

To watch every game ad-free you'll need a Basic Stan package ($10 a month) together with its Stan Sport add-on (a further $15).

As well as the Six Nations, Stan Sport also has the rights to loads more international rugby, as well as other top tier sports, including Champions League soccer, Grand Slam tennis, Formula E motor racing, and the 2024 Olympic Games.

Out of Australia? Use a VPN to access your local stream when away from home.

Watch Six Nations 2024 in the USA

NBC's Peacock TV streaming service is showing every game of the 2024 Six Nations live in the USA.

Peacock starts from only $5.99 a month, or you can pay more to get rid of the ads. In addition to the Six Nations, you'll also be able to watch the likes of EPL soccer, WWE, Premiership Rugby and lots more.

The Peacock TV app is available on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, LG smart TV, Vizio TV, PS4, and Xbox One. You can also watch through your web browser.

Matches are also going out on CNBC, but not live. If you have CNBC in your cable package, you'll be able to watch on TV or online with your login credentials. We'd recommend checking your schedules to see when they're planning to show each game.

Outside the US? Peacock TV is only available within the States so be sure to use a rugby-friendly VPN if you're a subscriber stuck abroad.

Watch Six Nations 2024 in New Zealand

Kiwis can watch Six Nations rugby courtesy of Sky Sport, which is showing every game of the 2024 tournament.

Subscribers can also watch online using the its Sky Go service.

If you don't already have Sky and don't wish to commit to a full package just for the rugby, then Sky Sport Now offers weekly ($24.99) and monthly ($44.99) passes.

UK or Ireland rugby fan abroad? Live stream this year's Six Nations on your home streaming service using a world class VPN.

Six Nations 2024 live stream in South Africa

To watch all Six Nations 2024 fixtures in South Africa, you'll need access to SuperSport.

If you can't 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.

Alternatively, you can get SuperSport channels via the DSTV streaming platform, with plans starting from R129 per month.

Watch Six Nations 2024 in Canada

Specialist sports streaming service DAZN is showing every game of the 2024 Six Nations live in Canada.

A DAZN subscription will currently set you back CA$29.99 a month or CA$199.99 a year

As well as giving you every Six Nations 2024 match, DAZN also has exclusive rights in Canada to Champions League, Europa League and EFL Championship soccer, while the serve has dedicated apps for a wide variety of mobile devices, set top boxes and smart TVs.

Don't forget: Canadian nationals can live stream matches via DAZN when overseas with a VPN.

Watch Six Nations 2024 in Singapore and Asia

This year's Six Nations will be 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.

A monthly pass for Premier Sports will currently set you back $25.99, but there's a 45% discount to be had if you opt for an annual plan at $169.99 for a full year.

In addition to the Six Nations, a Premier Sports subscription also gives you access to Heineken Champions Cup, Gallagher Premiership, NRL, URC and Rugby Championship action.

UK expat in Asia? Then use a VPN to watch the free coverage from back home.

Six Nations 2024 fixtures, times and dates

Ireland captain Peter O'Mahony with the trophy during the launch of the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

(Image credit: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

All times and TV channels in UK (GMT):

Round 1
Friday, 2nd Feb – France vs Ireland 8pm (ITV)
Saturday, 3rd Feb – Italy vs England 2.15pm (ITV)
Saturday, 3rd Feb – Wales vs Scotland 4.45pm (BBC)

Round 2
Saturday, 10th Feb – Scotland v France 2.15pm (BBC)
Saturday, 10th Feb – England v Wales 4.45pm (ITV)
Sunday, 11th Feb – Ireland v Italy 3pm (ITV)

Round 3
Saturday, 24th Feb – Ireland v Wales 2.15pm (ITV)
Saturday, 24th Feb – Scotland v England 4.45pm (BBC)
Sunday, 25th Feb – France vs Italy 3pm (ITV)

Round 4
Saturday, 9th Mar – Italy v Scotland 2.15pm (ITV)
Saturday, 9th Mar – England v Ireland 4.45pm (ITV)
Sunday, 10th Mar – Wales v France 3pm (BBC)

Round 5
Saturday, 16th Mar – Wales v Italy 2.15pm (BBC)
Saturday, 16th Mar – Ireland v Scotland 4.45pm (ITV)
Saturday, 16th Mar – France v England 8pm (ITV)

Six Nations 2024 table and results

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Row 0 - Cell 0 PointsPlayedWonLostDrawnBonus
1. Ireland1533003
2. Scotland932101
3. England8321Row 3 - Cell 5 0
4. France631110
5. Wales330303
6. Italy330311

Round 1
France 17-38 Ireland
Italy 24-27 England
Wales 26-27 Scotland

Round 2
Scotland 16-20 France
England 16-14 Wales
Ireland 36-0 Italy

Round 3
Ireland 31-7 Wales
Scotland 30-21 England
France 13-13 Italy

Which team has won the most Six Nations?

Whether you're talking about the entire history of Home Nations rugby tournaments or just the Six Nations that started in 2000, England are the most successful team. They have 29 wins in all, including seven Six Nations championships.

Defending champions Ireland have won the Six Nations five times, while France and Wales are tied for second most wins with six.

Scotland's have yet to win the Six Nations in its current iteration, but were the final team to win the tournament in its Five Nations format back in 1999.

Italy, who joined the tournament at the start of the century, have yet to come close to lifting the northern hemisphere's biggest prize in rugby union. 

Who are the BBC's Six Nations pundits?

  • Gabby Logan to present live match coverage on BBC One and BBC iPlayer
  • Expert punditry and match analysis from Rugby Union legends including Sam Warburton, Martin Johnson, John Barclay, Jonathan Davies, Chris Paterson and Dylan Hartley
  • Ugo Monye returns to present Six Nations Rugby Special on BBC Two, featuring in-depth analysis of the weekend matches.
  • Nigel Owens to provide refereeing analysis with Sonja McLaughlan and Lee McKenzie sharing pitch-side reporting duties
  • Live commentary from Andrew Cotter, plus highlights commentary from Sara Orchard, Gareth Rhys Owen and Alastair Eykyn 
  • Live commentary of all 15 matches on BBC Sounds across BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Sports Extra and the Rugby Union Daily podcast will launch on Monday 29 January

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