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6 Nations 2018

Published: Wed 31 Jan 2018

ITV’s live coverage of the NatWest 6 Nations Championship 2018 features a stellar line-up of on-screen talent and matches from the year’s biggest rugby event set to be shown on the channel.
 
The channel will show seven matches throughout the six weeks of the tournament, including key clashes such as England v Wales and Ireland v Wales, as well as Ireland v Scotland and what some are tipping to be the title decider, England v Ireland at Twickenham.
 
The 2018 Championship, which kicks off on Saturday February 3, marks the third of a six-year deal between ITV and the BBC that sees matches shared between both broadcasters on television and online.
 
Leading ITV’s team will be presenters Mark Pougatch and Jill Douglas, joined by Jonny Wilkinson and Lawrence Dallaglio, members of England’s victorious Rugby World Cup 2003 team, along with their coach Sir Clive Woodward, former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll, former Wales captain Gareth Thomas, former Scotland and Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan, England Women World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi, former England international Ugo Monye, former Italian captain Marco Bortolami and former Scotland international Jim Hamilton.
 
Martin Bayfield will combine presenting duties with his role as reporter. Joining them with a wealth of experience in the commentary box will be Nick Mullins, Martin Gillingham and Simon Ward, plus co-commentators Shane Williams, Gordon D’Arcy, Ben Kay, Scott Hastings and David Flatman. Bringing viewers all the latest developments from in and around the stadia will be reporter Gabriel Clarke.
 
Following the success of ITV’s exclusive Rugby World Cup 2015 coverage, 2016 saw ITV broadcast Six Nations Rugby for the first time. ITV will also exclusively broadcast live coverage of Rugby World Cup 2019 from Japan, and Rugby World Cup 2023.
 
In recent years, ITV has taken viewers right to the heart of the action with ref cams, specialist lineout cameras, tracking cameras, corner post cameras and spider cams to ensure viewers can see crunch moments from a range of close-up perspectives.
 
Brand new this year will be the ITV 6 Nations podcast, hosted by David Flatman and Tom Shanklin. There will be six episodes, including a preview of the tournament, in which Flats and Shanks will discuss all the main talking points in their own humorous and engaging style.
 
Every match will be simulcast live on the ITV Hub, on web and app, for viewers to watch online, and our responsively designed 6 Nations site – itv.com/six-nations – will help bring the tournament to life with all the latest news and highlights of all games. The ITV Rugby Twitter account will feature in-match clips during each of the channel’s broadcasts.
 
ITV’s portfolio of world-class sports rights also includes the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, exclusive, live, free to air coverage of all England's qualifying matches for major tournaments until 2022, as well as the Tour de France, the French Open, and exclusive live coverage of horse racing.
 
ITV 6 Nations 2018 schedule
 
Sunday February 4: Italy v England [KO 3pm] 2.15pm ITV
 
Saturday February 10: Ireland v Italy [KO 2.15pm] 1.30pm ITV
- plus England v Wales [KO 4.45pm] 4.20pm ITV
 
Saturday February 24: Ireland v Wales [KO 2.15pm] 1.30pm ITV
 
Saturday March 10: Ireland v Scotland [KO 2.15pm] 1.30pm ITV
 
Saturday March 17: Italy v Scotland [KO 12.30pm] 12pm ITV
- plus England v Ireland [KO 2.45pm] 2.25pm ITV