2018 6 Nations Schedule

The Opening Weekend.

With less than a day to go until the 6 Nations, Jones and England arguably have the easiest start to the five-match tournament playing away at the Stadio Olympico.

The ‘Azzuri’, who are ranked 14th in the world, have finished last in both previous 6 nations but have looked stronger under new Coach Conor O’Shea and have recently put in some impressive home performances, most recently a 20-18 win over South Africa in 2016.

Ireland denied England a Grand Slam and a triple crown in last year and will be looking to go one better this year and win it. But a tough start against France could see them playing catch up for the rest of the tournament.

The days of Scotland struggling for a win are well and truly gone, teams will fear playing at Murryfield now after a string of quality performances.

Wales have the ‘luxury’ of playing Scotland at home and the crowd in Cardiff can certainly influence a test match.

Wales will need their fans in fine voice if they are going to stop the Scottish juggernaut.

The Last Weekend.

The 6 Nations takes pride in calling itself ‘Rugby’s Greatest Championship’ and one of the reasons for that is on the last day, anything can happen!

All the drama. Three consecutive games. One team can be winning the tournament and then they can lose it 80 minutes later.

It is a proper rugby day and we love it.

It starts at 12:30 on ITV with Italy back at home in Rome taking on Scotland.

So often, this match used to be the bottom two battling it out for the wooden spoon…but now it is a passion filled cauldron of noise and excitement as they try and out-play each other.

Stay on ITV for the second game at 14:45 as England take on Ireland at Twickenham, London.

If this game was not big enough with all the history and rivalry that has gone before, this game could be the one which decides who wins the 2018 6 Nations.

Can Ireland Stop England from winning three 6 Nations in as many years?

Last but not least, flick over to the BBC for Wales vs France in the Principality Stadium, Cardiff for the final showdown of the day.

Both teams have arguably not been at their best on the pitch in recent years but their fans make up for what their rugby lacks.

Passion, desire and a strong sense of identity will be needed if one team is going to come out on top.