Six Nations 2020 live stream: how to watch every rugby union game online from anywhere

Thanks to the excitement of the first weekend, it's like the Six Nations has never been away. England were shocked in Paris, champions Wales dominated Italy and Ireland just overcame Scotland. And to make sure you don't miss any more of the action, we'll let you know exactly how to get a Six Nations live stream where you are this weekend.

Four of the six teams have new coaches since the 2019 instalment of tournament, with only England's Eddie Jones and Scotland’s Gregor Townsend still in place this time out.

Jones will have to use all of his managerial experience to lift a set of players who may still feel wounded after their 32-12 humbling by South Africa in the World Cup Final in Japan back in November. Wales come into the tournament as champions following last year's Grand Slam triumph, and it will be interesting to see how they fare under new coach Wayne Pivac.

With France set to host the World Cup in 2023, all eyes will be on the nation's new coach Fabien Galthie and the youthful squad he'll be looking to blood in the run up to that tournament. Ireland will have a familiar face looking on from the stands as coach, with former assistant Andy Farrell replacing Joe Schmidt in the hot seat. While much of Scotland's hopes will be resting on the shoulder's of talisman Finn Russell, however the stand-off's breach of discipline which saw him unceremoniously sent home during his teams preparation for their opening tie against Ireland has placed his involvement in the tournament in doubt. Oh…and then there's Italy, too!

For all the info about how to watch a Six Nations live stream, read on. And you can scroll down to see a list of next weekend's fixtures, too.

How to live stream Six Nations 2020 in the UK for free

Great news! Every single Six Nations match will be shown live in the UK on free-to-air television. The coverage is spread across the BBC and ITV, so take a look at our info box below to see what channel is showing which individual games.

If you're trying to watch online (either live or on catch-up) then you can get access via the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub websites or mobile apps. Alternatively, just head to an online streaming TV service such, which has all of the UK's freeview channels (including the BBC and ITV) in one place. This means you can catch the match on TV, computer, tablet and smartphone for free if you're in the UK – or subscribe to TVPlayer Plus if you want to record it and watch later.

Not in the UK this weekend? No worries – just download and install a VPN and use a UK location to watch live as if you were back home. Full instructions below.

How to live stream the Six Nations when you're not in your country

If you're outside your country of residence – whether that be the UK or anywhere else – and try to start streaming the rugby via your native broadcaster, you'll soon discover that you can't as it is location restricted. But there's a way you can watch anyway. By downloading and installing a VPN, you can effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back at home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage without having to find an illegal stream – assuming you comply with the broadcaster's Ts&Cs, of course.

Six Nations 2020: Fixtures and UK TV schedule

All times in GMT

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Ireland v Wales, 2.15pm, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. TV – ITV SPORT + S4C
Scotland v England, 4.45pm, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. TV – BBC SPORT

Sunday, February 9, 2020

France vs Italy, 3pm, Stade de France, Paris. TV – BBC SPORT

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Italy v Scotland, 2.15pm, Stadio Olimpico, Rome. TV – ITV SPORT
Wales v France, 4.45pm, Principality Stadium, Cardiff. TV – BBC SPORT + S4C

Sunday, February 23, 2020

England v Ireland, 3pm, Twickenham Stadium, London. TV – ITV SPORT

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Ireland v Italy, 2.15pm, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. TV – ITV SPORT
England v Wales, 4.45pm, Twickenham Stadium, London. TV – ITV SPORT + S4C

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Scotland v France, 3pm, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. TV – BBC SPORT

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Wales v Scotland, 2.15pm, Principality Stadium, Cardiff. TV – BBC SPORT + S4C
Italy v England, 4.45pm, Stadio Olimpico, Rome. TV – ITV SPORT
France v Ireland, 8pm, Stade de France, Paris. TV – BBC SPORT


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What is the format of the Six Nations?

Taking place each year from the beginning of February and concluding by the end of March, the tournament is contested by the international sides of France, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

Each Six Nations team plays the other five once per season with home advantage in alternate seasons, giving a total of 15 matches per Championship. A win earns that team four points, while a draw earns both teams two points.  A losing side receives no points, however a bonus point can be picked up by a team regardless if they won, lost or drew if they score four or more tries in a game. Losing sides can also still pick up two bonus points if they score four tries or more in the process and lose by a margin of seven points or fewer.

The team with the most points at the season wins the Six Nations Championship Trophy. If the winning team has defeated all five other Unions, it is given the title ‘Grand Slam Winner’.

Who are the favourites for the 2020 Six Nations?

Beaten World Cup finalists England are current favourites with most bookies to lift this year’s Six Nations Championship trophy.

What happened in the 2019 Six Nations?

Regarded as outsiders at the beginning of the tournament, Wales clinched their first grand slam in seven years, with a clean sweep of victories against their five opponents.

Who has won the most Six Nations championships

England lead the pack with six championship wins, their last in 2017. Wales and France are both close behind on five.

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