How to watch Six Nations rugby live and free
Europe's best rugby teams will go head to head in the Six Nations.
Wales took out the Grand Slam in 2019 by finishing the Six Nations undefeated, ending the season well ahead of England and Ireland. Italy took out the wooden spoon for the fourth consecutive year.
After losing the World Cup final to South Africa, England have been installed as favourites under their Australian coach Eddie Jones. Ireland are on the next rung according to bookmakers ahead of France and Wales.
The Six Nations produces some of the most exciting competition in world rugby. This is your complete guide to the 2020 edition.
What's in this guide?
What is the Six Nations?
What was once known as the Five Nations tournament became the Six Nations when Italy joined the ranks in 2000. The six countries that now make up the competition are England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy.
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The tournament was first held in 1883 and originally involved just England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There have been a number of shared titles, so overall title-holders is a little subjective. The Welsh have 39 totals wins, made up of 27 outright and 12 shared. England have the most outright wins with 28, but 38 overall including shared tournament wins.
What is the 2020 Six Nations schedule?
How to watch the Six Nations rugby
The rights to this season's Six Nations are held by broadcaster beIN SPORTS. That means Kayo Sports, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are your viewing options. Read on to find out a breakdown of the options.
Stream the Six Nations rugby on Kayo Sports
Kayo is heaven for fans of the 15-man code. As you can already see in both our overall guide to rugby union, there is a bevy of union on offer for you.
If you haven't tried it yet, this is the perfect time to take advantage of beIN's 14-day free trial. Both the Six Nations and Super Rugby competitions get underway this weekend, while the World Rugby Sevens continues in Sydney so you can watch it all for free.
It also has a number of special features, such as Kayo Minis. Available shortly after matches have completed, you can then watch a condensed version. Other features include SplitView, where you can watch four sports at once, Interactive Stats and Key Moments.
Kayo Sports is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2018 model or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.
Subscriptions for Kayo Sports start from $25/month for the Basic option, where you can watch games on 2 screens or devices. The Premium option is $35/month and gives you 3 screens.
Stream Six Nations on beIN SPORTS CONNECT
There is another sports streaming service for you to consider, beIN SPORTS CONNECT. Like Kayo, it is offering a 14-day free trial, although currently it only shows football, rugby union and tennis.
You can subscribe to beIN SPORTS CONNECT for $19.99 per month or $179.99 for an annual pass and you can cancel at any time.
Watch Six Nations on Foxtel iQ
beIN is available through Foxtel in Australia. So if you already have the Sports HD pack as part of your Foxtel iQ subscription, you are all set to watch the Six Nations this weekend.
If not, you need to sign up for both the Foxtel Plus package for $49/month, plus the Sports HD pack for $25/month. That takes your monthly bill out to $74/month, significantly higher than Kayo Sports.
One positive is Foxtel is also the only broadcaster in Australia that currently offers users access to 4K sports content. You may also find that you're up for some potential installation costs, though Foxtel iQ deals are regularly available.
Stream Six Nations rugby via Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now is the pay TV giant's digital streaming service. For access to beIN SPORTS CONNECT you need the Essentials pack in addition to the Sport pack, a total of $54/month.
Cheaper than Foxtel iQ, you're still paying over double the price of Kayo Sports. If you haven't tried it previously, Foxtel Now offers a 10-day free trial. We have also put together a full guide which includes the list of compatible devices.
Who will win the Six Nations?
Italy are far and away the also-rans of this tournament, while Scotland aren't that far ahead of them. While France are competitive, since 2011 only England, Wales and Ireland have won the tournament. Wales might be the defending champions, but we find it hard to go past an England side bouncing back hard from that World Cup defeat and taking all before them in the 2020 Six Nations Championship.
Image source: Kayo Sports website
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