Six Nations comfirm 2018, 2019 fixture list

Tue, 16 May 2017 10:37
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NEWS: The fixtures for both the 2018 and 2019 Six Nations Championships have been announced.

The tournament will take place over seven weekends in 2018, beginning on Saturday, February 3 and finishing with a Championship 'Super Saturday' on March 17.
The 2019 Championship will begin on February 1 and conclude on March 16.
Wales and Scotland get things underway next year in Cardiff on Saturday, February 3, with Ireland also travelling to Paris that day to begin their campaign against France.
Back-to-back Championship winners England will then begin their tilt at a third straight title on Sunday, February 4 in Italy.
England and Wales will renew their rivalry in Round Two, while Ireland welcome Italy and Scotland look to avenge 2017's defeat to France at Murrayfield.
A Friday clash for the Guiseppe Garibaldi Trophy between France and Italy kicks off Round Three. For the first time ever, this fixture will take place outside of Paris. 

A venue for this match will be announced in the next few weeks.  The Calcutta Cup will be contested between England and Scotland in Edinburgh, and Ireland and Wales play out a potentially crucial clash in Dublin.
The Centenary Quaich will be on the line again as Ireland host Scotland in Round Four, with the Scots defending that trophy after dramatically winning 2017's encounter in Edinburgh. England will travel to France for 'Le Crunch', and Wales welcome Italy the following day.
As has been the case so often before, the Championship title could well be on the line on Super Saturday, March 17.
Italy and Scotland get things underway in Rome, before Twickenham hosts a repeat of the final game from the 2017 Championship, as England lock horns with Ireland in a critical encounter which could see the Millennium Trophy, the Triple Crown and possibly the Championship at stake.
Wales against France in Cardiff will round off next year's tournament, and the 2018 Six Nations Champions will be crowned immediately after that match.
"We are delighted to confirm the fixture dates for the 2018 Championship, coming shortly after a record breaking 2017 edition," said Six Nations Rugby Chairman Pat Whelan. 

"We enjoyed record figures across TV and digital and look forward to continuing that trend over the next two seasons."
The 2019 Championship will begin on the weekend of February 1/2, and will run until March 16. 

Both the 2018 and 2019 Championships will continue to see rest weeks after Rounds Two and Three as in previous years.
Fixtures (All times GMT):
2018 Championship:
3/4 February
Wales v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pm
France v Ireland, Saturday 4.45pm
Italy v England, Sunday 3.00pm
10/11 February
Ireland v Italy, Saturday 2.15pm
England v Wales, Saturday 4.45pm
Scotland v France, Sunday 3.00pm
23/24 February
France v Italy, Friday 8.00pm
Ireland v Wales, Saturday 2.15pm
Scotland v England, Saturday 4.45pm
10/11 March

Ireland v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pm
France v England, Saturday 4.45pm
Wales v Italy, Sunday 3.00pm
17 March
Italy v Scotland, Saturday 12.30pm
England v Ireland, Saturday 2.45pm
Wales v France, Saturday 5.00pm
2019 Championship:
1/2 February
France v Wales, Friday 20.00
Scotland v Italy, Saturday 14.15
Ireland v England, Saturday 16.45
9/10 February
Scotland v Ireland, Saturday 14.15
Italy v Wales, Saturday 16.45
England v France, Sunday 15.00
23/24 February
France v Scotland, Saturday 14.15
Wales v England, Saturday 16.45
Italy v Ireland, Sunday 15.00
9/10 March
Scotland v Wales, Saturday 2.15
England v Italy, Saturday 16.45
Ireland v France, Sunday 15.00
16 March
Italy v France, Saturday 12.30
Wales v Ireland, Saturday 14.45
England v Scotland, Saturday 17.00

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 23 March 2018
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland 5 5 0 0 26
Wales 5 3 0 2 15
Scotland 5 3 0 2 13
France 5 2 0 3 11
England 5 2 0 3 10
Italy 5 0 0 5 1