The dates and times for the 2018 and 2019 Six Nations have been announced and there are a wealth of mouth-watering fixtures lined up in the grand old tournament

The Six Nations big-wigs have announced the fixtures for the next two years and title-holders, England kick off their campaign with an away trip to Conor O’Shea’s Italy in Rome. Wales, with Warren Gatland back at the helm, have an early chance to avenge their 29-13 loss to Scotland at the Principality Stadium.

On the final weekend of the tournament, it’s a repeat of this year’s last day, with Italy v Scotland kicking off events, before England have the chance to gain retribution against Ireland, in a potential title decider. The final game of the Championship takes place in Cardiff, where fans will hope last year’s near-100 minute game will not be repeated.

2018 CHAMPIONSHIP

3/4 February
Wales v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pm
France v Ireland, Saturday 4.45pm
Italy v England, Sunday 3.00pm

10/11 February
Ireland v Italy, Saturday 2.15pm
England v Wales, Saturday 4.45pm
Scotland v France, Sunday 3.00pm

23/24 February
France v Italy, Friday 8.00pm*
Ireland v Wales, Saturday 2.15pm
Scotland v England, Saturday 4.45pm

10/11 March
Ireland v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pm
France v England, Saturday 4.45pm
Wales v Italy, Sunday 3.00pm

17 March
Italy v Scotland, Saturday 12.30pm
England v Ireland, Saturday 2.45pm
Wales v France, Saturday 5.00pm

*Venue for this match will be announced at a later stage

Johnny Sexton

Playmaker: Johnny Sexton will be looking to avenge the 2017 defeat to Wales in Dublin

2019 CHAMPIONSHIP

1/2 February
France v Wales, Friday 8.00pm
Scotland v Italy, Saturday 2.15pm
Ireland v England, Saturday 4.45pm

9/10 February
Scotland v Ireland, Saturday 2.15pm
Italy v Wales, Saturday 4.45pm
England v France, Sunday 3.00pm

23/24 February
France v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pm
Wales v England, Saturday 4.45pm
Italy v Ireland, Sunday 3.00pm

9/10 March
Scotland v Wales, Saturday 2.15pm
England v Italy, Saturday 4.45pm
Ireland v France, Sunday 3.00pm

16 March
Italy v France, Saturday 12.30pm
Wales v Ireland, Saturday 2.45pm
England v Scotland, Saturday 5.00pm