It’s that time of year again when the Six Nations dominate the rugby agenda for the next six weeks.
With a sensational autumn victory over New Zealand behind them, Antoine Dupont and France are the clear favorites to end a 12-year wait for glory in March.
2020 champions England finished a dismal fifth in the table last year and will surely show a big improvement after beating Australia and South Africa in November, although their preparation has been littered with problems – notably the loss of captain Owen Farrell for the All Six Nations to a freak ankle injury.
A host of injuries look likely to prevent Wales from competing successfully to defend their crown, despite impressive Ireland having won all of their previous eight Test matches – including a dominating autumn campaign in which she also dispatched the All Blacks.
Finn Russell-led Scotland have the best chance to launch a charge with a Calcutta Cup home clash at Murrayfield, but for Italy the wooden spoon once again looks a likely certainty amid more questions on their position in the competition.
Can the Azzurri end a seven-year Six Nations winless streak?
In the UK, the Six Nations television rights continue to be shared by the BBC and ITV, with every match remaining live on free-to-air TV after a new four-year deal concluded last year.
Here’s how to watch every Six Nations 2022 match live and free in the UK…
How to watch Six Nations 2022
(all GMT times)
Saturday February 5
2:15 p.m.: Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium (ITV, ITV Hub)
4.45pm: Scotland v England, Murrayfield (BBC, BBC iPlayer and website)
Sunday February 6
3 p.m.: France vs Italy, Stade de France (ITV, ITV Hub)
Saturday February 12
2.15pm: Wales v Scotland, Principality Stadium (BBC, BBC iPlayer and website)
4:45 p.m.: France vs Ireland, Stade de France (ITV, ITV Hub)
Sunday February 13
3 p.m.: Italy vs England, Stadio Olimpico (ITV, ITV Hub)
Saturday February 26
2.15pm: Scotland v France, Murrayfield (BBC, BBC iPlayer and website)
4:45 p.m.: England v Wales, Twickenham (ITV, ITV Hub)
Sunday February 27
3 p.m.: Ireland vs Italy, Aviva Stadium (ITV, ITV Hub)
Friday March 11
8 p.m.: Wales vs France, Principality stadium (BBC, BBC iPlayer and website)
Saturday March 12
2:15 p.m.: Italy vs Scotland, Stadio Olimpico (ITV, ITV Hub)
4:45 p.m.: England v Ireland, Twickenham (ITV, ITV Hub)
Saturday March 19
2:15 p.m.: Wales v Italy, Principality Stadium (BBC, BBC iPlayer and website)
4:45 p.m.: Ireland vs Scotland, Aviva Stadium (ITV, ITV Hub)
8 p.m.: France vs England, Stade de France (ITV, ITV Hub)