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Six Nations 2020 live stream: how to watch every rugby union game online from anywhere

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It's all still to play for as the 2020 Six Nations enters its third round of matches. So far, England have been shocked by the French in Paris before rebounding against Scotland, while champions Wales lost to Ireland on the second weekend having already dominated Italy. That means Ireland currently share the Six Nations lead with France on 9 points, followed by Wales and England with 5 points each. To ensure you don't miss any more of the action, here's how to get a Six Nations live stream in 2020, no matter where you are.

Six Nations: fact file

Current champions: Wales

Wooden spoon holders: Italy

Most titles: 6 - England

When? From Saturday, February 1 to Saturday, March 14

Adding to an air of uncertainty around the tournament, four of the six teams have new coaches since the 2019 instalment of tournament, with only England's Eddie Jones and Scotland’s Gregor Townsend still in place this time out.

In particular, with France set to host the World Cup in 2023, all eyes are on the nation's new coach, Fabien Galthie, and the youthful squad he'll be looking to blood in the run up to that tournament. The early signs are certainly promising, after the French defeated Eddie Jones' England by a score of 24-17.

Elsewhere, Ireland have a familiar face looking on from the stands as coach, with former assistant Andy Farrell replacing Joe Schmidt in the hot seat. Scottish hopes will be resting on the shoulder's of talisman Finn Russell, however the stand-off's breach of discipline which saw him unceremoniously sent home during his teams preparation for their opening tie against Ireland has placed his involvement in the tournament in doubt. 

For all the info about how to watch a Six Nations live stream, read on. And you can scroll down to see a list of all of this weekend's fixtures, too.

How to live stream Six Nations 2020 in the UK for free

Great news! Every single Six Nations match will be shown live in the UK on free-to-air television. The coverage is spread across the BBC and ITV, so take a look at our info box below to see what channel is showing which individual games.

If you're trying to watch online (either live or on catch-up) then you can get access via the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub websites or mobile apps. Alternatively, just head to an online streaming TV service such TVPlayer.com, which has all of the UK's freeview channels (including the BBC and ITV) in one place. This means you can catch the match on TV, computer, tablet and smartphone for free if you're in the UK - or subscribe to TVPlayer Plus if you want to record it and watch later.

Not in the UK this weekend? No worries - just download and install a VPN and use a UK location to watch live as if you were back home. Full instructions below.

How to live stream the Six Nations when you're not in your country

If you're outside your country of residence - whether that be the UK or anywhere else - and try to start streaming the rugby via your native broadcaster, you'll soon discover that you can't as it is location restricted. But there's a way you can watch anyway. By downloading and installing a VPN, you can effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back at home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage without having to find an illegal stream - assuming you comply with the broadcaster's Ts&Cs, of course.

It's really easy to get started with a VPN - simply download, install, open the app and select the appropriate location.

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Six Nations 2020: Fixtures and UK TV schedule

All times in GMT

ROUND THREE:
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Italy v Scotland, 2.15pm, Stadio Olimpico, Rome. TV - ITV SPORT
Wales v France, 4.45pm, Principality Stadium, Cardiff. TV - BBC SPORT + S4C

Sunday, February 23, 2020

England v Ireland, 3pm, Twickenham Stadium, London. TV - ITV SPORT

ROUND FOUR:
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Ireland v Italy, 2.15pm, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. TV - ITV SPORT
England v Wales, 4.45pm, Twickenham Stadium, London. TV - ITV SPORT + S4C

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Scotland v France, 3pm, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. TV - BBC SPORT

ROUND FIVE:
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Wales v Scotland, 2.15pm, Principality Stadium, Cardiff. TV - BBC SPORT + S4C
Italy v England, 4.45pm, Stadio Olimpico, Rome. TV - ITV SPORT
France v Ireland, 8pm, Stade de France, Paris. TV - BBC SPORT

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Live stream the Six Nations: Watch the rugby in Australia

If you don't mind the late nights/early mornings, then subscription service beIN Sport is showing every game of the 2020 Six Nations.

If you're a Foxtel customer, you can add beIN to your package for an extra fee. No worries if you aren't though as you can also subscribe to beIN as a standalone subscription that can be watched on your laptop, desktop computer or mobile device. That costs $19.99 per month after you've taken advantage of a FREE two week trial.

Not in Australia for the rugby? Don't forget to take advantage of the VPN option as detailed above to make sure you can watch your domestic coverage anyway.

Live stream the Six Nations 2020 in New Zealand

beIN Sport is also the place to be for rugby fans in New Zealand looking to watch all the prime European action.

Sky subscribers can add beIN to their package at an additional cost or, like in Australia, you can subscribe to a standalone package that can be watched on laptop, desktop or mobile app. It costs $19.78 per month after you've taken advantage of the FREE two week trial.

Live stream the 2020 Six Nations in Canada and more - for FREE

DAZN is a streaming service available in a select few countries including Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Luckily, it has secured streaming rights for the Six Nations Rugby.

You can even watch for free as DAZN offers a 30 day FREE TRIAL.

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How to live stream Six Nations rugby in the US

NBC Sports Network once again has the rights to show Six Nations rugby in the US. You'll need the network's Rugby Pass which now costs $79.99, which will give you access to live broadcasts of every  match of the tournament commercial-free, and you'll also be able to watch each game on-demand, as well as Premiership Rugby and the Heineken Champions Cup.

What is the format of the Six Nations?

Taking place each year from the beginning of February and 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 season with home advantage in alternate seasons, giving a total of 15 matches per Championship. A win earns that team 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 still pick up two bonus points if they score four tries or more in the process and lose by a margin of seven points or fewer.

The team with the most points at the season wins the Six Nations Championship Trophy. If the winning team has defeated all five other Unions, it is given the title ‘Grand Slam Winner’.

Who are the favourites for the 2020 Six Nations?

Beaten World Cup finalists England started the Six Nations as favourites with most bookies, but now France and Ireland must be the more fancied sides.

What happened in the 2019 Six Nations?

Regarded as outsiders at the beginning of the tournament, Wales clinched their first grand slam in seven years, with a clean sweep of victories against their five opponents.

Who has won the most Six Nations championships?

England lead the pack with six championship wins, their last in 2017. Wales and France are both close behind on five.