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Date for Guinness Six Nations 2020 restart announced

Date for Guinness Six Nations 2020 restart announced

Further to the decision of the World Rugby Council on 30th July, Six Nations is pleased to confirm details of rescheduled fixtures for the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship:

ROUND 4

24/10/2020 – Ireland V Italy – Time TBC – Aviva Stadium

ROUND 5

31/10/2020 – Wales V Scotland – 14:15 – Venue TBC

31/10/2020 – Italy V England – 16:45 – Stadio Olimpico

31/10/2020 – France V Ireland – 20:00 – Stade de France

*All times are GMT

  1. The kick-off time for the Ireland v Italy fixture will be announced in due course
  2. The venue for the Wales v Scotland fixture will be announced in due course.

In rescheduling these matches, the health and safety of players, associated staff and supporters has been at the forefront of our thinking. We remain in close contact with all relevant authorities across the respective jurisdictions to ensure these matches take place in a safe environment and we will announce further details of health and safety protocols and guidance on spectator attendance in due course.

Six Nations can also confirm that the Women’s Championship will be concluded this autumn on the following weekends:

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Weekend of 24th Oct: Round 4

  • Scotland v France
  • Ireland v Italy

Weekend of 31st Oct: Round 5

  • Wales v Scotland
  • Italy v England
  • France v Ireland

Weekend of 5th Dec: Round 3

  • Italy v Scotland

A full fixture schedule will be released in due course.

With regards to the U20 Six Nations championship, due to season scheduling constraints, it was decided that the three outstanding matches would not be played and there would be no winner for the 2020 Championship.

In recent weeks, Six Nations has also been progressing contingency plans for an alternative tournament format in place of the Autumn Internationals for 2020, primarily driven by travel restrictions not allowing many international teams to play the scheduled matches. This tournament will be a unique eight-team competition, involving the Six Nations unions and two other international teams. We are currently finalising match schedules, operational details including venues as well as commercial arrangements. Further announcements relating to this competition are expected to be made later this month.

Ben Morel, CEO Six Nations commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to make this announcement today. Whilst the past few months have been extremely challenging, we have always remained hopeful of concluding this year’s tournament and we are really looking forward to the final games in the Men’s and Women’s Championships. There is still so much to play for, and we are hugely excited for what lies ahead.”

Public health remains the number one priority and while we must continue to be vigilant and cognisant of the dynamic and fast changing external environment, we are nonetheless extremely pleased to be moving in the right direction.”