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Six Nations 2018: Start time, fixtures, results, rule changes, and full TV schedule

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Six Nations 2018: Start time, fixtures, results, rule changes, and full TV schedule
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Everything you need to know as England, Ireland, France, Italy, Scotland and Wales prepare for action

ENGLAND will be looking to become the first nation to win three successive Six Nations titles.

The 2016 and 2017 champions will be looking to defend their title when the action kicks off in February.

What is the Six Nations?

This is an annual international rugby union competition that consists of just six sides.

England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales will all play each other once.

If a team wins all of its games, then they are said to have won a ‘Grand Slam’.


When does it start and what TV channel can I watch them on?

The Six Nations action will get underway on Saturday, February 3.

Wales will take on Scotland to kick-off proceedings in Cardiff.

And all of the matches will be available for you to watch live on either the BBC or ITV.

Are there any rule changes for the 2018 Six Nations?

The 2017 Six Nations introduced the bonus-point system and it WILL be used again this year.

This means that it is four points for a win and a team will secure an extra point if they score four tries or more.

If a team loses by less than seven points then they will secure a losing bonus-point.

A draw is worth two points and a Grand Slam is worth three points.


What is the fixture list for the 2018 Six Nations?


Wales vs Scotland: February 3, 2.15pm, Cardiff, BBC

France vs Ireland: February 3, 4.45pm, Paris, BBC

Italy vs England: February 4, 3pm, Rome, ITV.


Ireland vs Italy: February 10, 2.15pm, Dublin, ITV

England vs Wales: February 10, 4:45pm, London, ITV

Scotland vs France: February 11, 3pm, Edinburgh, BBC


Frances vs Italy: February 23, 8pm, Marseille, ITV

Ireland vs Wales: February 24, 2.15pm, Dublin, BBC

Scotland vs England: February 24, 4.45pm, Edinburgh, BBC


Ireland vs Scotland: March 10, 2.15pm, Dublin, ITV

France vs England: March 10, 4:45pm, Paris, BBC

Wales vs Italy: March 11, 3pm, Cardiff, BBC


Italy vs Scotland: March 17, 12:30pm, Rome, ITV

England vs Ireland: March 17, 2:45pm, London, ITV

Wales vs France: March 17, 5pm, Cardiff, BBC



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Rugby League World Cup 2017: Scotland 4-50 Tonga

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Rugby League World Cup 2017: Scotland 4-50 Tonga
Scotland (0) 4
Try: Addy
Tonga (38) 50
Tries: Jennings 3, Taumalolo, Manu, Tupou 2, Terepo, Hingano
Goals: Taukeiaho 6, Hingano

Scotland suffered a heavy loss to Tonga in their opening Group B match at the World Cup in Cairns, Australia.

Hull Kingston Rovers’ Danny Addy scored the Scots’ only try but at that point they trailed 38-0 and the Tongans went on to score two more tries.

Despite Steve McCormack’s Bravehearts being ranked fourth in the world, they were outplayed by a team featuring Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo.

Scotland next play New Zealand in Christchurch on Saturday.

They will complete their group matches against Samoa a week later, back at Barlow Park in Cairns.

Three of the four teams in Scotland’s group progress to the quarter-finals, but the sobering result at the hands of Tonga – 11th in the rankings – threatens a longer run for McCormack’s men in their fourth consecutive World Cup finals.

Scotland’s lofty ranking, thanks to their impressive 2016 Four Nations performance, always looked out of kilter after the loss of key players Ryan Brierley, Peter Wallace, Kane Linnett and Lachlan Coote to injury, and against a Tonga team benefiting from defections from two powerful forwards.

Fifita was originally named in the Australia squad but withdrew to pledge his allegiance to Tonga, while Taumalolo rejected New Zealand to join Kristian Woolf’s squad.

Taumalolo scored one of his team’s seven first-half tries, with Michael Jennings, who played seven Tests for Australia, scoring a hat-trick and Sika Manu, Daniel Tupou and Peni Terepo also crossing.

Taumalolo’s try in the 17th minute, as he forced his way through the Scottish defence, made it 12-0 and he used his power to devastating effect at the next set with a run that set up Jennings to score his second try.

Scotland defended well after the break and registered their first points just after the hour when Addy went over but Tupou and Ata Hingano both crossed late on as Tonga finished strongly.

“We were nowhere near good enough,” said McCormack afterwards. “There’s some damaged pride. But we’ll lick our wounds, patch ourselves up and get ready to go next week.

“I’ve got a fantastic bunch of players who are full of resilience and I can’t wait for next week.”

Captain Danny Brough, setting a new Scottish record with his 24th cap, added: “They came down the middle with strong and powerful running. In the World Cup you can’t give a team as much respect as we did.

“We know they are great players individually and they proved it tonight collectively. But I don’t think we showed up and proved how good we are, and that’s the most disappointing thing.

“We will be better next week. I don’t think we can be much worse than that.”

Coach Woolf, when asked if Tonga could win the World Cup, responded: “It’s a difficult question. Scotland are not going to be a real challenger in the World Cup judging by tonight’s performance.

“But the level goes up next week [against Samoa, who lost 38-8 to New Zealand on Saturday] and we will find out about ourselves then.”

Scotland: K Bentley, Brough, Kavanagh, Russell, Ferguson, Douglas, Hellewell, Tierney, Addy, Mariano, Oakes, Bell, Stein.

Interchanges: J Walker, Phillips, Brooks, A Bentley.

Tonga: Vatuvei, Taukeiaho, Lolohea, Fifita, Tupou, Hopoate, Hurrell, Havili, Jennings, Ma’u, Taumalolo, Manu, Hingano.

Interchanges: Katoa, Terepo, Murdoch-Masila, Moa.

You can follow the fortunes of your favourite team with live match notifications sent straight to your phone or tablet via the BBC Sport app. Line-up, kick-off, score, half-time and full-time options are available for all teams participating at the World Cup.

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New Zealand Rugby and Sky to live stream All Blacks games on northern tour

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New Zealand Rugby and Sky to live stream All Blacks games on northern tour

New Zealand Rugby and Sky Television says they are partnering to livestream some of the All Blacks’ matches on their northern hemisphere end of year tour.

Two of the All Blacks’ games and two of the New Zealand Maori team’s games will be livestreamed as pay-per-view events on AllBlacksTV.com and will be available to both international and New Zealand based fans, the two companies said on Friday.

The All Blacks games are the ones against the UK Barbarians and a France XV, while the NZ Maori ones are against Canada and the French Barbarians and will be be available to international and New Zealand-based fans.

The deal does not feature the All Blacks’ three tests on the northern tour – against France, Scotland and Wales – which will all screen on Sky.

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New Zealand-based fans can purchase the livestream for $24.99 for each All Blacks match and $14.99 for each NZ Maori match.

The matches can be watched live or on-demand after the event.

Sky and Fan Pass subscribers will still be able to watch all these games, plus the tests on the All Blacks northern tour, through their normal subscription.

“The livestream is a significant opportunity for us to use the latest streaming technology to grow the All Blacks global fanbase.” NZR chief executive Steve Tew said.

“There are over seven million allblacks.com and social media followers that live outside New Zealand so there is a real opening to engage these fans and grow our brand and following internationally by extending our broadcast options.”

“With the broadcast environment rapidly evolving it’s great to be partnering with Sky to try out new things.”

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Sky CEO John Fellet said it was great to work with NZR to grow the All Blacks fans and brand.

“Partners help each other to succeed. Sky has been the long-term broadcast partner of rugby in New Zealand and we are pleased to be providing our world class broadcast product on a livestreaming platform to get the All Blacks in front of their fans regardless of where they live.

UK Barbarians vs All Blacks
Match taking place Saturday 4 November 2017 at Twickenham, London, Kick off 3pm GMT

French XV vs All Blacks
Match taking place Tuesday 14 November 2017 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France, Kick off 6.55pm CET

Canada vs Maori All Blacks
Match taking place Friday 3 November 2017 at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada, Kick off 7pm PDT

French Barbarians vs Maori All Blacks
Match taking place Friday 10 November 2017 in Bordeaux, France Kick off 9pm CET

Source; https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/98104185/new-zealand-rugby-and-sky-to-livestream-all-blacks-games-on-northern-tour

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