The longest Six Nations in historical past will lastly attain its conclusion this month, 273 days after the match started on 1 February.
Each the lads’s and girls’s 2020 competitions have been postponed in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak, with 4 groups nonetheless chasing the title within the males’s match and England dominating the ladies’s championship.
So have been did we go away off? And who can nonetheless win the northern hemisphere crowns?
What are the fixtures within the males’s championship?
Eire will host Italy on the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 24 October, as the one excellent round-four fixture.
The final spherical of the competitors, involving all six groups, will happen every week in a while 31 October.
All matches will happen with out followers within the grounds.
Eire v Italy – Aviva Stadium (15:30 BST) – reside on ITV and Radio 5 Stay Sports activities Additional
Wales v Scotland – Parc y Scarlets (14:15 GMT) – reside on BBC One and Radio 5 Stay Sports activities Additional
Italy v England – Stadio Olimpico (16:45 GMT) – reside on ITV and Radio 5 Stay
France v Eire – Stade de France (20:00 GMT) – reside on BBC Two and Radio 5 Stay
Who can win the title?
England narrowly paved the way within the standings with 13 factors, with France simply behind on factors distinction.
Nevertheless, if Eire safe bonus-point wins over Italy at Stadio Olimpico after which in opposition to France at Stade de France, they’d be topped champions whatever the consequence England obtain of their rescheduled match.
France might additionally nonetheless win the title in the event that they declare a bonus-point victory over Eire and England fail to match that consequence in opposition to Italy.
Scotland nonetheless have an out of doors likelihood, however they would want Eire to be crushed by Italy, after which France and England to lose with out bonus factors on the ultimate day.
What occurred beforehand?
All of it started on 1 February as defending champions Wales kicked off with snug 42-0 dwelling win over Italy. Eire started with a slender 19-12 victory over Scotland on the Aviva, whereas England have been crushed 24-17 in Paris.
Wales’ bid for one more Grand Slam was led to spherical two with a 24-14 defeat in Dublin, as England received their marketing campaign again on observe with a 13-6 win in Scotland to regain the Calcutta Cup. France continued their successful begin, cruising previous Italy 35-22.
Scotland bounced again with a 17-0 win in Italy on matchday three, earlier than France received in Cardiff (27-23) for the primary time in a decade. England backed up their spectacular efficiency in Edinburgh with a 24-12 win over Eire at Twickenham.
A disrupted matchday 4 noticed England beat Wales 33-30 at Twickenham to say a primary Triple Crown in 4 years regardless of the guests’ late fightback, whereas Scotland ended France’s hopes of a Grand Slam with a 28-17 victory in Edinburgh.
What has occurred since?
It has been an unpredictable interval for sport the world over because the outbreak of Covid-19. Here’s a have a look at among the key occasions which have led to the return of the championship:
- 17 April – World Rugby chief Invoice Beaumont says no extra rugby internationals this yr is a definite chance.
- 5 Could – The Rugby Soccer Union (RFU) would want a authorities bailout if England don’t play till summer season 2021.
- 15 Could – England’s tour to Japan known as off as World Rugby cancels all July Assessments.
- 5 June – The Premiership confirms the league will recommence on 14 August with the remaining 9 rounds going down earlier than the play-offs and closing.
- 5 August – Six Nations dates are confirmed for males’s and girls’s remaining fixtures.
- 14 August – Harlequins beat Sale Sharks within the first Premiership match for 159 days.
- 11 October – New Zealand draw with Australia within the first worldwide since March, in entrance of 31,000 followers.
What in regards to the ladies’s match?
England paved the way within the ladies’s Six Nations with 4 wins from 4 – they’re eight factors forward of France, who’ve a sport in hand, however Simon Middleton’s group can clinch back-to-back Grand Slams in the event that they beat Italy away.
Six matches stay, beginning with Italy’s journey to Eire.
Eire v Italy – Energia Park (18:30) – reside streaming on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport web site
Scotland v France – Scotstoun Stadium (14:20) – reside streaming on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport web site
France v Eire – Stadium Lille Metropole (13:30) -live streaming on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport web site
Wales v Scotland – Cardiff Metropolis Stadium (16:15) – reside streaming on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport web site
Italy v England – Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (17:00) – reside on BBC Radio 5 Stay Sports activities Additional, with highlights on BBC One from 23:30
Italy v Scotland – Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (17:20) – reside streaming on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport web site
What in regards to the autumn internationals?
With coronavirus restrictions stopping the likes of New Zealand, Australia and Japan from travelling, a brand new match has been set as much as substitute the standard autumn internationals.
The Autumn Nations Cup, an eight-team competitors involving the Six Nations sides plus Fiji and Georgia, shall be performed over 4 weekends, beginning on 13 November.
England’s ladies will play two internationals in opposition to France in November, the second of which takes place at Twickenham earlier than the lads’s match in opposition to Eire, whereas Scotland and Eire ladies will search to ebook their locations on the 2021 World Cup through a qualifying match in December.
Autumn Nations Cup fixtures (all occasions GMT):
Group A: Eire v Wales, 13 November, 19:00
Group B: Italy v Scotland, 14 November, 12:45
Group A: England v Georgia, 14 November, 15:00
Group B: France v Fiji, 15 November, 15:15
Group B: Italy v Fiji, 21 November, 12:45
Group A: England v Eire, 21 November, 15:00
Group A: Wales v Georgia, 21 November, 17:15
Group B: Scotland v France, 22 November, 15:15
Group B: Scotland v Fiji, 28 November, 13:45
Group A: Wales v England, 28 November, 16:00
Group B: France v Italy, 28 November, 20:10
Group A: Eire v Georgia, 29 November, 14:00
Georgia v TBC, 5 December, 12:00
Eire v TBC, 5 December, 14:15
Wales v TBC, 5 December, 16:45
England v TBC, 6 December, 14:00