Schedule for Six Nations 2022 unveiled

Wales will begin their title defence against Ireland on 5th February
Wales will begin their title defence against Ireland on 5th February

Six Nations champions Wales will begin their title defence against Ireland as they fixtures for the 2022 edition was unveiled.

The tournament will kick-start on 5th February which will be a double header with Ireland and Scotland hosting Wales and England respectively while France will take on Italy in the following day.

The second round will kick-start on 12th February with the third round on 26th February and the fourth on 11th March. The fifth and final round will be played on 19th March.

England, who finished fifth in 2021 competition will have two home games against Ireland and Wales while France will have home matches against Ireland, Italy and England. Wales and Ireland will also have three home matches apiece.

While the pandemic coronavirus forced the 2021 edition to be played behind closed doors, Six Nations chief executive Ben Morel is looking forward to welcome fans back.

"We look forward to next year's Championship with hopefully a return to normality when we can welcome fans back in stadia and bring that unrivalled Guinness Six Nations atmosphere into sitting rooms, pubs and rugby clubs all over the world," Morel said.

Morel also lauded everyone involved with the 2021 tournament to make it a successful one amid difficult situations created due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

"The drama of Super Saturday with France's last-minute win against Wales, meant that the winner of the Championship was only revealed after the final match was played.

"It was an amazing effort from many people to make the Championship happen, not least the players and staff from the unions, the broadcasters, media and our partners.

"That effort paid off in the shape of record TV audiences and the most engaged Championship we've ever seen. It was truly a special achievement. This Guinness Six Nations entertained many of our long-standing fans and I believe we won plenty of new ones as well."

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