How to watch Round 5 of the Guinness Six Nations

Jonathan Davies celebrates with Josh Adams after he scores a try 27/2/2021
Buckle up, because this Saturday isn’t one to be missed.

Buckle up, because this Saturday isn’t one to be missed.

The 2021 Championship comes to a head with everything still to play for as we approach Round 5.

Viewers in the UK will be flicking between BBC One and ITV 1HD to keep track of all the day’s happenings, whereas Irish viewers needn’t budge from Virgin Media One all day long to soak up Super Saturday.

You couldn’t have written the script much better if you’d tried, as France and Wales go head-to-head in the final match of the day to help decide who will be crowned Guinness Six Nations champions this year.

But the day’s action gets underway in Edinburgh, as Scotland welcome Italy to BT Murrayfield with both sides looking to avenge defeats in Round 4, with the hosts going down to Ireland last time out, while the Azzurri went down to Wales.

After a promising start to the Championship with that memorable victory over England at Twickenham, Gregor Townsend will be looking to get his side back to winning ways in this one, with the BBC One cameras rolling from 1.45pm ahead of a 2.15pm kick-off in the UK, while Irish viewers can switch Virgin Media One on from 1.30pm to soak up the build-up.

And after that, viewers in Ireland might as well put the remote under lock and key, as there is no need to change the channel for the rest of the afternoon, with Ireland’s final round clash with England following straight on from that, with the programme starting at 4.30pm ahead of the 4.45pm kick-off.

With both sides registering two wins from their four matches so far this campaign, the clash at the Aviva Stadium will earn the victorious team the bragging rights in the final standings, with the Men in Green leading their opponents by just a point heading into the weekend.

Viewers in the UK will have to switch over to ITV 1HD to watch all the goings on from Dublin, with the show getting on the road from 4pm, 45 minutes before the game kicks off.

And after that we have the big one; the one we’ve all been waiting for, as Wales and France do battle in Paris.

Wayne Pivac’s side are on course for a second Grand Slam in three years after sweeping aside all that has come before them in their previous four fixtures, with Les Bleus the only thing standing between them and glory this weekend.

The hosts have a game in hand after their postponed fixture against Scotland, but know a victory in Paris will put them back in contention to lift the trophy, and will be itching to set the record straight after defeat to England last time out.

In the UK, you’ll have to flick back over to BBC One to catch all the action, with the preamble commencing at 7.15pm ahead of the 8pm kick-off, while the Welsh speakers among us can settle in with S4C at the same time to catch the build-up.

After sitting through Virgin Media News for 15 minutes, Virgin Media One will be back in action at 7.45pm ready for the final match of the day, and what a show it promises to be.



UK (incl. Northern Ireland): Watch live on BBC ONE HD from 1.45pm, kick-off at 2.15pm. Republic of Ireland: Watch live on Virgin Media One HD from 1.30pm, kick-off at 2.15pm.


UK (incl. Northern Ireland): Watch live on ITV1 HD from 4pm, kick-off at 4.45pm. Republic of Ireland: Watch live on Virgin Media One HD from 4.30pm, kick-off at 4.45pm.


UK (incl. Northern Ireland): Watch live on BBC ONE HD from 7.15pm, kick-off at 8pm.

Also live on S4C (Welsh language) from 7.15pm. Republic of Ireland: Watch live on Virgin Media One HD from 7.45pm, kick-off at 3pm.

2021 Guinness Six Nations TV and Broadcast listings