The 2017 RBS 6 Nations launches in London

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The six captains were all in attendance at the RBS 6 Nations launch in London

The RBS 6 Nations launched in fine style at the Hurlingham Club in London with coaches and captains from the six nations in attendance ahead of the 2017 edition of Rugby’s Greatest Championship.

“We believe this initiative will enhance the competition as a spectacle for teams, fans, broadcasters and everyone for whom this Championship is so dear.”

This year will be the first edition of the Championship featuring bonus points, while it is also a landmark Championship for the Women’s Six Nations with all 15 games being broadcast live for the first time.

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For Pat Whelan, Chairman of the Six Nations Council, everything is in place for the 2017 edition of the Championship to be the best yet.

He said: “It is an honour to be standing here today as the chairman of Rugby’s Greatest Championship, the RBS 6 Nations.

“2016 provided plenty of drama with England claiming a Grand Slam for the first time since 2003. Grand Slams are very rare accomplishments and we can be sure that this time around all their opponents will be doing everything to ensure that there is no repeat of that success.

“This year’s Championship will for the first time see the trial of a new bonus-point system. The feasibility of introducing a new bonus point system has been under consideration for quite some time but we needed to ensure that whatever system was selected would work with the already proven structure of the Championship and would materially improve what we already have.

“We believe this initiative will enhance the competition as a spectacle for teams, fans, broadcasters and everyone for whom this Championship is so dear.”

The 2017 Championship will be a landmark event for the women’s game with the increased broadcast coverage providing a huge boost.

Whelan added: “The Women’s Six Nations Championship is growing every year. We are looking forward to some phenomenal rugby from these very talented athletes. In a new development, the women’s game this year, for the first time ever, all 15 matches of the women’s Championship will be produced for broadcast and fans in each country will be able to watch all of their teams’ matches home and away live on television, online and to a very high standard of production.

“I would particularly like to thank all of our sponsors, RBS, Accenture, Guinness and Tissot for their great support over the years. I would particularly like to thank RBS, who will be concluding this year after 15 years of involvement and their tremendous support of the Six Nations Championship.

“Best wishes to everyone involved and good luck to all the teams!”


The 2017 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2017 RBS 6 Nations because of the tournament’s sponsorship by The Royal Bank of Scotland, will be the 18th series of the Six Nations Championship, the annual northern hemisphere rugby union championship.

It will be contested by defending champions England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. Including the competition’s previous incarnations as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship, it will be the 123rd edition of the tournament.

For the first time, the 2017 tournament will use the bonus point system common to most other professional rugby union tournaments.[1] As well as the standard four points for a win or two for a draw, a team scoring four or more tries during a match will receive an additional league table point, as will a team losing by 7 or fewer points.[1] Additionally, to ensure that a team winning all of its five matches (a Grand Slam) will also win the Championship, three bonus points will be awarded for this achievement.

Fixtures

Week 1

4 February 2017
14:25 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  v  Ireland
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

4 February 2017
16:50 GMT (UTC+0)
England  v  France
Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)

5 February 2017
15:00 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  v  Wales
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

Week 2

11 February 2017
15:25 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  v  Ireland
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

11 February 2017
16:50 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  v  England
Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

12 February 2017
16:00 CET (UTC+1)
France  v  Scotland
Stade de France, Paris
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

Week 3

25 February 2017
14:25 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  v  Wales
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

25 February 2017
16:50 GMT (UTC+0)
Ireland  v  France
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

26 February 2017
15:00 CET (UTC+0)
England  v  Italy
Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Week 4

10 March 2017
20:05 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  v  Ireland
Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

11 March 2017
14:30 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  v  France
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)

11 March 2017
16:00 GMT (UTC+0)
England  v  Scotland
Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Week 5

18 March 2017
12:30 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  v  Italy
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)

18 March 2017
15:45 CET (UTC+1)
France  v  Wales
Stade de France, Paris
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

18 March 2017
17:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Ireland  v  England
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)


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