How to watch Six Nations 2023: live stream every game online from anywhere, Round 5

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Watch Six Nations 2023 live stream

The entire Six Nations 2023 is available to watch free on BBC and ITV in the UK, and on RTÉ in Ireland. Fans can pay to watch the rugby on Peacock in the US, and on Stan Sport in Australia but remember you can watch free from abroad with a VPN (opens in new tab) if you're a UK and Irish national. Full information on the Six Nations TV viewing options below. We'll even show you how to watch a FREE Six Nations 2023 live stream from anywhere in the world.

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Dates: Sat, February 4 – Sat, 18 March 2023
Watch free: ITVX (UK) | BBC iPlayer (UK) | RTÉ (Ireland)
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Six Nations 2023 preview

Ireland have pulled four points clear of second-placed France in the 2023 Six Nations, and will win the tournament on Super Saturday if England don't ruin their plans. The Men in Green need to lose pretty badly while France need a win and a bonus point at least as they take on Wales.

Ireland, who are now firm favourites for the trophy, can't afford to rest on their laurels against England, though. Injuries to Garry Ringrose and Iain Henderson cause some level of complication, but then England are fresh off the back of pretty nasty home turf drubbing from last weekend. Spirits will not be high.

France entertain Wales who will be playing to avoid the wooden spoon, just in case Italy pull off a big result against Scotland at Murrayfield.

Warren Gatland's second spell in charge of Wales had something of a lift off moment in Rome in Round 4. Les Blues will be hoping that they can put the brakes on that in Cardiff, and the pressure on Ireland who will play after. Super Saturday? That barely covers it.

Here's how to get a Six Nations 2023 live stream wherever you are - starting with how to watch the Six Nations for FREE in the UK and Ireland.

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How to watch a FREE Six Nations live stream in the UK

S4C (opens in new tab)

As always, rugby fans in the UK can watch every game of the Six Nations for FREE!

Coverage of the tournament is shared between ITV and the BBC, with S4C (opens in new tab) also stepping in to offer Welsh-language coverage of one game from each round.

ITV is showing every England, France, Ireland and Italy home match, while every Wales and Scotland home match is on the BBC. 

If you're trying to watch online (either live or on catch-up), you can easily get a free Six Nations live stream on the ITVX (opens in new tab) and BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) websites or mobile apps. 

If you're outside the UK but want to tap into your usual coverage, check out this free 30-day ExpressVPN trial (opens in new tab) and follow the instructions below.

2023 Six Nations fixtures: schedule, times and dates

All times are given in GMT

Six Nations 2023 Round 5

  • Saturday, Mar 18 - Scotland vs Italy vs Wales, 12.30pm
  • Saturday, Mar 18 - Wales v France, 2.45pm
  • Saturday Mar 18 - Ireland vs England, 5pm 

How to watch Six Nations rugby from outside your country

If you're abroad right now and struggling to tap into your usual coverage of the Six Nations, you'll want a VPN. This'll help you circumvent the geo-blocking that will try to stop you watching a Six Nations live stream in particular parts of the world.

They're a useful means of getting around this issue, are cheap, and easy to set-up as well. Here's how it's done.

Use a VPN to watch Six Nations 2023 from anywhere

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Once you've downloaded the software, just follow the prompts to install it then select the location you want to relocate your IP address to - it really is that easy.

How to use a VPN

Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...

1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location, eg: 'UK' for iPlayer and ITVX.

3. Go to the broadcaster's stream - head to your home broadcaster's site or app and watch as if you were at home - so that might be ITVX (opens in new tab) or BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) for UK citizens abroad.

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How to watch Six Nations FREE online in Ireland

RTÉ Player (opens in new tab)

Every single game of the 2023 Six Nations will be shown for FREE in Ireland too, with coverage split equally between RTÉ and Virgin Media One.

Anyone in Ireland can access a free RTÉ live stream on RTÉ Player (opens in new tab), and a free Virgin Media One live stream Virgin Media Player (opens in new tab), each of which works across a wide range of devices. 

Outside of Ireland? Watch Six Nations rugby online just like you would at home with the help of a quality VPN (opens in new tab). (opens in new tab)

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How to stream Six Nations rugby in the US without cable

Peacock TV (opens in new tab)

Every 2023 Six Nations game is being shown on both Peacock TV and CNBC in the US.

Peacock costs just $4.99 a month (opens in new tab) for an ad-supported version of the service that also offers live coverage of EPL soccer, every big WWE event, Premiership Rugby, plus plenty more live sports. You also have the option of paying $10 a month for commercial-free coverage.

OTT streaming service FuboTV (opens in new tab) carries CNBC and more than 100 additional channels including Fox, CBS and ESPN. Prices start at $74.99 a month after a FREE FuboTV trial (opens in new tab).

If you subscribe to Peacock, FuboTV or any other US streaming service and find yourself unable to access coverage because you're out of the country, consider using a VPN as outlined below - of the many options, we rate ExpressVPN as the best of the best (opens in new tab).

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How to watch a Six Nations live stream in Australia 

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Stan Sport is the place to watch the 2023 Six Nations in Australia, with the streaming service showing every match ad-free.

A subscription costs $10 per month (on top of a $10 Stan sub), but you can take advantage of a 7-day FREE trial.

Stan Sport is also the place to watch Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League football, and Formula E.

If you're currently out of Australia but want to watch a Six Nations live stream, you'll need to get yourself a VPN (opens in new tab) as per the instructions above. 

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How to watch Six Nations: live stream in New Zealand

Sky Sport (opens in new tab)

Live Six Nations coverage in New Zealand comes courtesy of Sky Sport (opens in new tab), which is available as part of a range of pay TV packages. 

Subscribers can watch online using the country's Sky Go service, while cord-cutters and anyone else can try the Sky Sport Now (opens in new tab) streaming-only platform - where a pass costs $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month. The monthly package comes with a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab).

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How to live stream Six Nations rugby in Canada 

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Streaming service DAZN is the place to watch Six Nations rugby in Canada.

And it's a real bargain too - DAZN costs CA$24.99 a month or $199.99 a year. Away from home for a gameweek? No problem.

Use a VPN to watch Six Nations on DAZN while abroad. (opens in new tab)

Not only do you get every Six Nations 2023 match, but DAZN is also the home of NFL in Canada, as well as the exclusive Canadian streaming home of Champions League, Europa League and EFL Championship soccer!

It also comes with support for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, PS4, and laptop/PC streaming (including Mac devices). 

2023 Six Nations standings

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France vs Scotland

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Who won the last Six Nations in 2022?

France were crowned Six Nations champions for the sixth time, and for the first time in 12 years, securing the Grand Slam in the process. 

Runners-up Ireland won the Triple Crown, while Wales, who'd entered the tournament as reigning champions, finished second-to-last above Italy, who beat them in the final round.

What is the format of the Six Nations?

Taking place each year from the first weekend of February and usually concluding by the end of March, the tournament is contested by the international sides of France, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

Each Six Nations team plays the other five once per tournament, with home advantage alternating each year, giving a total of 15 games per championship. A win earns four points, while a draw earns both teams two points. 

A losing side receives no points, however a bonus point can be picked up by a team regardless if they won, lost or drew if they score four or more tries in a game. Losing sides can also pick up two bonus points if they score four tries or more and lose by a margin of seven points or fewer.

The team with the most points wins the Six Nations Championship Trophy, and five victories earns the ultra-prestigious Grand Slam accolade. 

Who has won the most Six Nations championships in history?

England lead the pack with seven wins, with Wales and reigning champions France close behind on six apiece, followed by Ireland on four.

Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.