The 2021 Women’s Six Nations Championship will be the 20th series of the Women’s Six Nations Championship, an annual women’s rugby union competition between England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
This year’s tournament was given a change of format from its traditional eight week round-robin format to a four-week format consisting of two pools of three teams with a final, inspired by the format of the Autumn Nations Cup, which replaced the 2020 Autumn Internationals. The Championship will be held from 3 April to 25 April 2021.
As a result of the teams not all playing each other, the Grand Slam and Triple Crown will not be contested. As well as a new format, the 2021 Women’s Six Nations will also break new ground in broadcasting.
For the first time, all games will be available in one place in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Italy, with the BBC, RTÉ and Eurosport carrying all nine matches on a mix of terrestrial and digital services.
In the UK, two matches will be shown on terrestrial television. BBC Wales will show Wales v Ireland and the final game involving England will be shown on BBC2 network, meaning a Women’s Six Nations game will be shown on the main BBC network for the first time. All other games will be on BBC iPlayer.
RTÉ will show Wales v Ireland, Ireland v France and Ireland’s match on Finals Weekend live on both RTÉ 2 and RTÉ Player. The other six games will be shown on RTÉ Player for fans to enjoy.
France TV will continue its fantastic support of the women’s game by showing France v Wales on France 4, Ireland v France on France 2 and the final game involving the French team on France 2.
In Italy, Eurosport will show all nine matches on the Eurosport Player.