How to watch 2021 Six Nations rugby live and free

Europe's best rugby teams will return to action as the Six Nations tournament returns. You can watch live.

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Like so many sports across the globe, the 2020 Six Nations was hugely interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Shut down in March last year on the eve of the finals, it finally returned in October with England ultimately claiming the title.

Now top-shelf rugby is back after a short break with a new five-round competition concluding on 20 March. Who will take out this year's crown?

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's 2020 triumph extended their record to 29 outright wins, moving them level with Wales on 39 total victories including shared tournament wins.

What is the 2021 Six Nations schedule?

How to watch the 2021 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

If you are yet to try it out, streaming platform Kayo Sports comes with a 14-day free trial. After that, subscriptions start from $25/month for 2 simultaneous streams.

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, PS4, PS5, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 model or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast. 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 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 the battlers in this competition, suffering through another winless campaign in 2020. Outside of the Italians, the remaining nations are competitive and can pull a result out on their day. We feel it is a very tight race to call this year, with England keen to defend their title. But we're leaning towards France breaking a long drought and grabbing their first title since way back in 2010.

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