How to watch 2020 Six Nations rugby live and free

Europe's best rugby teams will return to action as the long delayed 2020 Six Nations tournament re-starts. You can watch live.

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The 2020 Six Nations was midway through the fourth of its standard five rounds when the coronavirus pandemic brought it to a shuddering halt. Scotland's victory over France on 9 March was the final match held - just one week before the competition's scheduled finale.

In a very even tournament, every side had suffered at least one defeat by the shutdown, with England and France leading the way on the Six Nations ladder with three wins from four attempts.

Now top-shelf rugby is back and we are set for a sprint finish. Eddie Jones' English squad is in the box seat, with only a clash against winless Italy remaining on their schedule. But the French, Scottish and Irish can all take out the title if results fall their way.

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 have 38 overall including shared tournament wins.

What is the 2020 Six Nations schedule?

How to watch the 2020 Six Nations

The rights to this season's Six Nations are held by broadcaster beIN SPORTS. That means beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports are your viewing options.

Stream the Six Nations on Kayo Sports

Kayo is heaven for fans of the 15-man code. As you can see in 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 Kayo's 14-day free trial.

Kayo 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 (2017 model or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay. All up, Kayo Sports has access to more than 50 sports. There is a full review of the service here.

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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 two-week free trial. On top of the rugby, beIN offers some of Europe's best football leagues, including La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and the Carabao Cup. It also has WTA and Davis Cup tennis.

You can subscribe to beIN SPORTS CONNECT for $19.99 per month or $179.99 for a discounted annual pass and you can cancel at any time.

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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 return 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.

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