2020 Six Nations Championship

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2020 Six Nations Championship
Date1 February – 14 March 2020
Countries
Tournament statistics
Official websitesixnationsrugby.com
2019 (Previous) (Next) 2021

The 2020 Six Nations Championship (known as the Guinness Six Nations for sponsorship reasons) will be the 21st Six Nations Championship, the annual rugby union competition contested by the national teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales, and the 126th edition of the competition (including all the tournament's previous versions as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship).

Wales enter the tournament as defending champions, having beaten Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on the final day of 2019's tournament to claim their first Grand Slam since 2012.[1]

Participants[edit]

Nation Stadium Head coach Captain
Home stadium Capacity Location
 England Twickenham Stadium 82,000 London Australia Eddie Jones
 France Stade de France 81,338 Saint-Denis France Fabien Galthié
 Ireland Aviva Stadium 51,700 Dublin England Andy Farrell TBA
 Italy Stadio Olimpico 73,261 Rome TBA
 Scotland Murrayfield Stadium 67,144 Edinburgh Scotland Gregor Townsend
 Wales Millennium Stadium 73,931 Cardiff New Zealand Wayne Pivac

Squads[edit]

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Tries Bonus points Table
points
Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA GS Tries Loser
1  England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2  France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5  Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6  Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Table ranking rules

  • Four points are awarded for a win.
  • Two points are awarded for a draw.
  • A bonus point is awarded to a team that scored four or more tries in a match or loses a match by seven points or fewer. If a team scored four tries in a match and loses by seven points or fewer, they are awarded both bonus points.
  • Three bonus points are awarded to a team that wins all five of their matches (a Grand Slam). This ensured that a Grand Slam winning team would top the table with at least 23 points – a team could lose a match but still win two bonus points and win the other four matches with four try bonus points for a maximum of 22 points.
  • Tiebreakers
    • If two or more teams were tied on match points, the team with the better points difference (points scored less points conceded) is ranked higher.
    • If the above tiebreaker failed to separate tied teams, the team that scored the higher number of total tries in their matches is ranked higher.
    • If two or more teams remained tied for first place at the end of the championship after applying the above tiebreakers, the title will be shared between them.

Fixtures[edit]

The fixtures were announced on 20 March 2019. For the first time since 2013 no matches were scheduled on a Friday night. The final match of the tournament also returned to peak time for the first time since 2016.[2]

Round 1[edit]

1 February 2020
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  v  Italy

1 February 2020
16:45 GMT (UTC+0)
Ireland  v  Scotland

2 February 2020
16:00 CET (UTC+1)
France  v  England

Round 2[edit]

8 February 2020
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
Ireland  v  Wales

8 February 2020
16:45 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  v  England

9 February 2020
16:00 CET (UTC+1)
France  v  Italy

Round 3[edit]

22 February 2020
15:15 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  v  Scotland

22 February 2020
16:45 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  v  France

23 February 2020
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
England  v  Ireland

Round 4[edit]

7 March 2020
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
Ireland  v  Italy

7 March 2020
16:45 GMT (UTC+0)
England  v  Wales

8 March 2020
15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
Scotland  v  France

Round 5[edit]

14 March 2020
14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
Wales  v  Scotland

14 March 2020
17:45 CET (UTC+1)
Italy  v  England

14 March 2020
21:00 CET (UTC+1)
France  v  Ireland


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wales crush Ireland to win third Six Nations grand slam in 11 years". Guardian. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Fixtures announced for 2020 and 2021 Championships". Six Nations Rugby. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.