Six Nations set to stay on terrestrial television until 2025

Wales were the winners of the Six Nations 2021
Wales were the winners of the Six Nations 2021
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Six Nations Rugby has revealed that they have entered into exclusive discussions with with BBC and ITV for broadcast of Men’s Guinness Six Nations, Women’s Six Nations and Men’s Under-20’s.

The agreement which will be between 2022 and 2025 is set to see the home games of England, Ireland, France and Italy to be shown in ITV while the matches hosted by Scotland and Wales will be broadcasted in BBC.

The Women’s and Men’s Under-20s Six Nations matches will be exclusively shown in BBC.

Chief Executive Officer of Six Nations Rugby Ben Morel is confident that the agreement will provide the audiences a complete experience.

“This is exciting news for fans and for our Championships,” said Morel, .

“Both BBC and ITV have been excellent partners in recent years playing an important role in sharing the incredible moments that the Six Nations always produces, and celebrating the special place our Championships hold in the hearts of fans.

“I’m particularly excited by the opportunity to grow the Women’s game with an invested broadcast partner in the BBC who is as committed as we are.

"We’re looking forward to working with them both as we continue to raise the bar and bring Rugby’s Greatest Championships to ever-growing numbers across the UK.”

Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater is thrilled with the agreement and is looking forward for a comprehensive coverage in the next four seasons.

“For the millions of Six Nations fans across the UK, the Championships remaining free-to-air is wonderful news. We look forward to delivering live action from both the Men’s and Women’s as well as the Men’s Under-20’s Championships to the widest possible audience over the next four seasons.

"BBC Sport has led the way in increasing the profile of Women’s sports, so we are thrilled to now include the Women’s Six Nations as a permanent fixture on our broadcast calendar.”

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “ITV is delighted to have reached this agreement, which extends free-to-air coverage of such an important tournament and will ensure it remains centre stage each spring. With the addition of France home games to those of England, Ireland and Italy, we look forward to bringing ITV viewers a wealth of superb rugby from the Six Nations in the coming years.”