The 2020 Women’s Six Nations will begin with three Sunday fixtures on the first weekend in February 2020.
Champions England will get their campaign underway with a crucial clash against perennial title rivals France at the Stade du Hameau in Pau while last year’s second place finishers Italy will open their Championship at Cardiff Arms Park against Wales. Ireland, title winners in 2013 and 2015, will face off against Scotland at Energia Park in Dublin.
Last year’s England v France clash attracted 2.5 million viewers while the last time the sides met in France in 2018, a world record crowd of 17,440 attended the match.
The Saturday night clash of France and Italy in Round Two, England’s meeting with Ireland in Doncaster in Round Three and the Wales v Scotland match in Round Five are among the other standout matches.
A thrilling final day in which everything could be on the line is in prospect on Sunday 15 March with last year’s second placed finishers Italy set to welcome England to the Stadio Plebiscito in Padova while France will meet Ireland in Villeneuve-d’Asq in Northern France and Wales will host Scotland at the Cardiff Arms Park.
Audience figures for this year’s fixtures are again expected to be record breaking with FR2 broadcasting France v England live ahead of the Guinness Six Nations France v England match on the same channel.
Once again, every match will be broadcast on TV in each team’s home territory with Sky Sports in England, FR2 / FR4 in France, RTÉ in Ireland, Eurosport Italia in Italy, BBC Alba in Scotland and BBC Wales / S4C in Wales. Worldwide interest continues to go from strength to strengthen and the women’s championship will be broadcast in over 175 countries around the world.
In addition, dedicated highlights programmes will be available and selected matches will also be streamed online for fans to enjoy.
Fans can also stay in touch with the Championship at womenssixnations.com, on dedicated Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels, and by signing up to the championship’s official newsletter.
Six Nations CEO Ben Morel commented: “Women’s rugby is going from strength to strength. Each championship is bigger and better than the last and that’s something we are determined to continue in 2020.
“The competitiveness of the teams, the emergence of really strong rivalries and the quality of the fixtures we’re seeing is what is driving the success of the game. The Women’s Six Nations is the biggest annual tournament in world rugby and a standout example of what can be achieved in women’s sport. It is at the forefront of that in terms of giving superb athletes the opportunity to impress.
“It is growing, particularly in the area of broadcast and commercial interest but ultimately it’s being driven by fans, players and our Unions.”
“We’re looking forward to another brilliant season and to accelerating the development of the championship very rapidly over the coming years.”
Sun 02 Feb – Ireland Women v Scotland Women – 13.00 – Energia Park, Donnybrook, Dublin
Sun 02 Feb – Wales Women v Italy Women – 13.00 – Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Sun 02 Feb – France Women v England Women – 12.30 – Stade du Hameau, Pau
Sat 08 Feb – France Women v Italy Women – 20.00 – Stade Beaublanc, Limoges
Sun 09 Feb – Scotland Women v England Women – 12.10 – Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow
Sun 09 Feb – Ireland Women v Wales Women – 13.00 – Energia Park, Donnybrook, Dublin
Sun 23 Feb – Wales Women v France Women – 12.00 – Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Sun 23 Feb – England Women v Ireland Women – 12.45 – Castle Park, Doncaster
Sun 23 Feb – Italy Women v Scotland Women – 16.00 – Stadio Giovanni Mari, Legnano
Sat 07 Mar – England Women v Wales Women – 12.05 – Twickenham Stoop, London
Sat 07 Mar – Scotland Women v France Women – 19.45 – Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow
Sun 08 Mar – Ireland Women v Italy Women – 13.00 – Energia Park, Donnybrook, Dublin
Sun 15 Mar – Wales Women v Scotland Women – 13.10 – Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Sun 15 Mar – Italy Women v England Women – 13.30 – Stadio Plebiscito, Padova
Sun 15 Mar – France Women v Ireland Women – 15.35 – Le Stadium Villeneuve d’Acsq, Lille
(All times are GMT)