he men’s Six Nations is back and promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2022 as we prepare for what is likely to prove a titanic title tussle.
England would have been optimistic heading into this year’s tournament after an encouraging autumn in which they overcame both Australia and reigning world champions South Africa at Twickenham, though their preparations have been hit by repeated setbacks.
Captain Owen Farrell will miss the entire tournament due to a new ankle injury that required surgery, while flying wing Jonny May withdrew from the squad with a knee issue, prop Joe Marler tested positive for Covid-19 and Courtney Lawes is battling to be fit for their opener at Murrayfield after a head injury.
The England squad even had to be evacuated from their training camp hotel in Brighton this week due to a nearby fire.
France start as favourites to finally lift their first Six Nations trophy since 2010 with a star-studded squad packed full of flair and depth led by scrum-half maestro Antoine Dupont, with a scintillating victory over the All Blacks a massive signal of their renewed intent.
Ireland also toppled New Zealand as well as hammering Argentina and Japan in the autumn and will fancy their chances of a first triumph in this competition for four years, while injury-ravaged Wales’ chances of holding onto their title after easing to Triple Crown and Championship glory last year look difficult at this stage.
Here is the full schedule for the 2022 Six Nations…
Six Nations fixtures
(all times GMT)
Saturday, February 5
2:15pm: Ireland vs Wales, Aviva Stadium (ITV)
4:45pm: Scotland vs England, Murrayfield (BBC)
Sunday, February 6
3pm: France vs Italy, Stade de France (ITV)
Saturday, February 12
2:15pm: Wales vs Scotland, Principality Stadium (BBC)
4:45pm: France vs Ireland, Stade de France (ITV)
Sunday, February 13
3pm: Italy vs England, Stadio Olimpico (ITV)
Saturday, February 26
2:15pm: Scotland vs France, Murrayfield (BBC)
4:45pm: England vs Wales, Twickenham (ITV)
Sunday, February 27
3pm: Ireland vs Italy, Aviva Stadium (ITV)
Friday, March 11
8pm: Wales vs France, Principality Stadium (BBC)
Saturday, March 12
2:15pm: Italy vs Scotland, Stadio Olimpico (ITV)
4:45pm: England vs Ireland, Twickenham (ITV)
Saturday, March 19
2:15pm: Wales vs Italy, Principality Stadium (BBC)
4:45pm: Ireland vs Scotland, Aviva Stadium (ITV)
8pm: France vs England, Stade de France (ITV)