After a fantastic 2017 Six Nations that saw an end to England’s 18 game win streak, matching the top-tier Rugby Union record with New Zealand, many fans will be looking forward to next year’s Six Nations. If you’re one of those fans, it’s time to start booking your train tickets and days off, because the 2018 and 2019 Six Nations fixtures have just been announced.
The 2018 fixtures
The 2018 Six Nations Championship will open on February 3rd with Wales playing Scotland, and France playing Ireland, followed by Italy versus England on Sunday. On the 10th we will see Ireland play Italy, followed by the majority of the Lions squad playing off against each other with England versus Wales, and the 11th will see Scotland play France – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2017/05/16/six-nations-2018-2019-fixtures-announced-england-face-ireland/.
Week three is the first of two rest weeks, so no games on the 18th. Week four will see France play Italy on the Friday, followed by Ireland versus Wales on Saturday, and the Calcutta Cup being played for on Sunday.
Week five will open with Ireland and Scotland playing for the Centenary Quaich on March 10th. followed by France playing England, and Wales meeting Italy on the 11th. Week six will be the team’s last opportunity to work on their rugby drill, such as that on https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Rugby/ before they play their final games of the tournament. The deciding matches will be played on March 17th, with Italy playing Scotland, the potential Triple Crown deciding match with England playing Ireland, and Wales hosting France for the finale.
2019’s Six Nations will start early again, with France hosting Wales for a rematch of 2018’s finale on February 1st, followed by Scotland playing Italy, and Ireland versus England. Week two sees Scotland play Ireland and Italy host Wales on the Saturday, followed by England playing France on the 10th.
Again, week three will be a rest week, so the weekend of the 23rd will have France playing Scotland, Wales versus England, and Italy host Ireland. Week four sees Scotland v Wales, England hosting Italy at Twickenham, and Ireland versus France.
After the second rest week, the tournament will close on the 16th, with Italy playing France, and all of the potential Triple Crown deciding matches, with Wales v Ireland and England v Scotland rounding out the tournament.