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How to watch Six Nations 2021: Wales win their second title in three years

Wales may have missed out on the Grand Slam but are the 2021 Six Nations champions with four wins from their five games

Wales were crowned Six Nations champions for the second time in three years after Scotland beat France in the final game of the tournament.

France went into the postponed game at the Stade de France needing to beat the Scots by 20 points and pick up a bonus point in the process to overtake Wales and claim the title.

But a 27-23 defeat handed Wales the crown and left the French second in the table, a point better off than third-place Ireland and Scotland, who finished fourth.

England ended the tournament in fifth – their joint-worst finish and the second time they’ve finished there during the tenure of Eddie Jones.

And winning the wooden spoon for the sixth consecutive year were Italy, who failed to pick up a single point and conceded over 200 points in just five games.

How to watch the Six Nations: New broadcasting deal throws future free-to-air coverage into doubt

The Six Nations is one of the highlights of the international rugby calendar and the entire 2021 tournament was shown live on terrestrial television in the UK.

BBC and ITV shared the broadcasting rights for the competition, with every game available on free-to-air TV. But that may change in 2022 following an investment deal struck between the Six Nations and private equity firm CVC.

CVC has acquired 14% of the Six Nations’ commercial rights in a five-year deal worth £365m, making a change in broadcasting strategy highly likely.

A decision on how the tournament is televised going forward is expected soon and we’ll be updating this page once we get any further details regarding how to watch the Six Nations 2022 tournament.

How to watch Six Nations 2021: Final Standings

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How to watch Six Nations 2021: Fixtures

Round 1

  • Saturday, 6 Feb: France beat Italy 50-10
  • Saturday, 6 Feb: Scotland beat England 11-6
  • Sunday, 7 Feb: Wales beat Ireland 21-16

Round 2

  • Saturday, 13 February: England beat Italy 41-18
  • Saturday, 13 February: Wales beat Scotland 25-24
  • Sunday, 14 February: France beat Ireland 15-13

Round 3

  • Saturday, 27 February: Ireland beat Italy 48-10
  • Saturday, 27 February: Wales beat England 40-24
  • Sunday, 28 February: France vs Scotland POSTPONED

Round 4

  • Saturday, 13 March: Wales beat Italy 48-7
  • Saturday, 13 March: England beat France 23-20
  • Saturday, 14 March: Ireland beat Scotland 27-24

Round 5

  • Saturday, 20 March: Scotland beat Italy 52-10
  • Saturday, 20 March: Ireland beat England 32-18
  • Saturday, 20 March: France beat Wales 32-30

Round 3 (Rearranged fixture)

  • Friday, 26 March: Scotland beat France 27-32

How to watch Six Nations 2021 for free in the UK: BBC Sport and ITV Sport

UK viewers can rejoice because the entire Six Nation 2021 will be broadcast on free-to-air channels BBC Sport and ITV Sport in the UK. Both channels are available in HD, and you can even live stream the rugby games for free via BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub. Games involving Wales will be televised on Welsh language channel S4C in addition to the English broadcast channel they’re being shown on.

To stream the aforementioned channels, you need to make sure you have a valid TV license, which costs £157.50 and can be purchased here.

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How to watch Six Nations 2021 abroad: use a good VPN service

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