The 2016 RBS Six Nations gets underway this weekend with live coverage on the BBC and ITV.
The 2016 championship marks the start of a six-year deal between the BBC and ITV that will see the matches shared between both broadcasters on television and online, with radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra.
BBC TV Coverage
The BBC’s line-up includes an experienced presenting team led by John Inverdale and Gabby Logan with expert analysis from some of the biggest names in the great championship’s history, including Jeremy Guscott, Matt Dawson, Jonathan Davies, Keith Wood and Gavin Hastings.
Leading ITV’s team will be presenter Mark Pougatch, joined by Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jason Robinson, members of England’s victorious Rugby World Cup 2003 team, along with their coach Sir Clive Woodward, former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll, former Wales captain Gareth Thomas, former Scotland coach Sir Ian McGeechan, England Women World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi, former England international Ugo Monye, and former Italian captain Marco Bortolami.
Jill Douglas will also be a presenter for the tournament while Martin Bayfield will combine presenting duties with his role as England reporter. Joining them with a wealth of experience in the commentary box will be Nick Mullins and Martin Gillingham, plus co-commentators Shane Williams, Gordon D’Arcy, Ben Kay, Scott Hastings and David Flatman. Bringing viewers all the latest developments from in and around the stadia will be reporter Gabriel Clarke.
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What They Said
“We are pleased to be working in partnership with ITV to continue to bring audiences free-to-air access to rugby’s greatest championship,” said Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport.
“We go in to the 2016 Six Nations with a BBC line-up that combines expert analysis from true legends of the game, a strong presenting team that the public knows and loves, along with new digital innovations bringing audiences closer to the action than ever before.
“More than 24 million people watched the BBC’s coverage of last year’s Six Nations and this year we will be there again, from the first kick to the final whistle to deliver a truly fantastic championship.”
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing rugby fans first-class live action from key games in what is set to be one of the most thrilling 6 Nations tournaments ever. This is the first time ITV will be broadcasting this superb tournament and we’re delighted to be able to provide free to air coverage to viewers in partnership with the BBC.
“After a successful Rugby World Cup we’ve once again assembled a stellar line-up of rugby talent, many of whom can provide fresh and current insights into the mindsets and tactics of coaches and players, helping deliver the best possible coverage for those watching at home.”