How to watch Women’s Six Nations - Live Stream around the World
|Here is how to watch Wome's Six Nations live stream around the world. Photo: Rugby World|
The 2021 Women's Six Nations takes place this year in its own window separate to the men's tournament, and with a new format for this season.
The action begins in Europe's flagship women's rugby event on Saturday, April 3.
Below we explain how to find a reliable Women’s Six Nations live stream around the world.
How to watch the Women’s Six Nations from outside your country
If you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Women’s Six Nations coverage, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network, said Rugby World.
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Women’s Six Nations live stream: How to watch from the UK
The good news is that all Women’s Six Nations matches are available free-to-air in the UK.
All matches will be available to watch live on BBC iPlayer while Wales v Ireland on Saturday 10 April will also be live on BBC Wales and England’s final match on Saturday 24 April will be aired live on BBC2.
If you’re from the UK but are overseas when the Women’s Six Nations takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.
Women’s Six Nations live stream: How to watch from Ireland
In Ireland, the Women’s Six Nations is also on free-to-air TV.
Women’s Six Nations live stream: How to watch from Europe
France’s Women’s Six Nations matches will be shown on free-to-air TV too. Their opening fixture against Wales will be on France 4 with their other two matches live on France 2.
In Italy, Eurosport Player will show all nine Women’s Six Nations matches.
Women’s Six Nations live stream: How to watch from the USA
If you live in the States, FOX has become the new Women’s Six Nations broadcaster. It will show all nine matches on its FOX Soccer Plus channel.
Women’s Six Nations live stream: How to watch from New Zealand
If you want to tune in to the Women’s Six Nations from the Land of the Long White Cloud, matches will be live on Sky Sport NZ.
It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 June 2021 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.
Women’s Six Nations live stream: How to watch from South Africa
If you want to watch the Women’s Six Nations from South Africa, SuperSport is the place to go.
There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.
Best streaming platforms to watch the Women’s Six Nations online
BBC Sport (UK and Ireland) — Enjoy a free live stream of every France, Scotland, and Wales home game.
ITV Sport (UK and Ireland) — Watch every England, Ireland, and Italy home game for free.
France 2 (France) — Enjoy the free French broadcast of all Women’s Six Nations matches.
DMAX (Italy) — Watch every game in the Women’s Six Nations for free in Italian.
Virgin Media One (Ireland) — No subscription required to live stream the Women’s Six Nations from Ireland.
beIN Sports (Australia and New Zealand) — Subscription required to live stream the entire Women’s Six Nations event.
DAZN (Germany and Canada) — Live stream every Women’s Six Nations match with a DAZN subscription. You can get a one-month free trial when you sign up for a monthly or yearly subscription.
NBC Sports (US) — Get a subscription to stream the US broadcast of the Women’s Six Nations. If you have a subscription to NBC through a cable or streaming service, you can watch the games at no extra cost. You can even buy an NBC Sports Gold Rugby Pass for the entire season.
Saturday, April 3
England vs Scotland, 16:00 (BST time), Castle Park, Doncaster
Saturday, April 10
Italy vs England, 15.00 (CET Time), Stadio Plebiscito, Padua
Saturday, April 17
Scotland vs Italy, 15:15 (BST Time), Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow
Saturday, April 3
France vs Wales, 21:00 (CET Time), Stade de la Rabine, Vannes
Saturday, April 10
Wales vs Ireland, 18:00 (BST Time), Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Saturday, April 17
Ireland vs France, 18:00 (IST Time), Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin
How does the Women's Six Nations work this year?
|The 2021 Women's Six Nations captains. Photo: Rugby World|
This year, the Six Nations is being played out in a condensed format similar to the Autumn Nations Cup, with two pools of three and a play-off finals weekend. Each team will play one home and one away matches in the pool stage, while play-offs will see teams play sides ranked in the same position from the opposite pool, said Wales Online.
Reigning champions England, the only professional side in the tournament, have been drawn alongside Scotland and Italy in Pool A, while Wales have been drawn to face Ireland and semi-professional France.
Why the change of format, you may ask? Well, it was announced in January that the tournament would not be going ahead as planned in its usual window due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic, and when bosses came to rearranging the championship they had to factor in outstanding World Cup qualifiers for some of the teams involved and World Cup preparation - hence the condensed format.
The World Cup, of course, was due to be staged in New Zealand later this year but has since been pushed back to take place in 2022.
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