The action resumes on Saturday 9 March. Here's how to watch Six Nations live streams for free in 2024.

It’s a fallow weekend for the northern hemisphere’s biggest rugby tournament, but expect the championship to hit the ground running when the action resumes on Saturday 9 March. The fourth round of matches is set to be a typically enthralling affair, so make sure you know how to watch a Six Nations live stream for free in 2024.

In the UK, free coverage is shared between BBC iPlayer and ITVX, while Irish viewers can follow the action on RTÉ Player or Virgin Media Player. If you know you’re going to be away from home for round 4, why not start planning ahead now? Even if you’re abroad, you can use a VPN to watch your usual Six Nations live stream FOR FREE. Read on to find out how.

In the first match of round 4, Italy will be looking to prove last weekend’s draw in France was no fluke against a Scotland side riding high after victory over England. England then have the unenviable task of welcoming the Grand Slam-chasing Irish to Twickenham, while Wales will host France (who’ll surely be looking to prove a point after a disappointing championship so far) in the final match of the weekend.

Can’t wait for your next Six Nations rugby fix? You can relive what happened last year if you watch Six Nations: Full Contact on Netflix. You’ll also find a full list of the remaining fixtures at the end of the article.

The Six Nations trophy

Ireland are now in pole position to retain the Six Nations trophy (Getty Images)


How to watch a Six Nations 2024 live stream for FREE from the UK

In the UK, 2024 Guinness Six Nations live streams are shared between the BBC and ITV. Every match will be available via terrestrial broadcast, and you’ll also be able to watch a Six Nations live stream FOR FREE on BBC iPlayer or ITVX.

The fixture list for round 4 looks like this:

  • Italy v Scotland; 2:15pm GMT, Saturday 9 March, ITVX/ITV1
  • England v Ireland; 4:45pm GMT, Saturday 9 March; ITVX/ITV1
  • Wales v France; 3:00pm GMT, Sunday 10 March; BBC iPlayer/BBC One

iPlayer and ITVX both have apps that work on almost all your devices – just search for the apps on any phone, tablet, smart TV or console you have. Want to know where to watch a Six Nations live stream for upcoming matches? Check out our guide to Six Nations TV coverage in the UK. 

If you’re going to be away from home during the tournament, you can use ExpressVPN to watch the Six Nations FOR FREE from abroad by following the instructions below. But remember, you’ll still need a valid TV Licence to watch both BBC iPlayer and ITVX.


How to watch a Six Nations live stream from outside your country

If you want to watch a Six Nations 2024 live stream from your home country’s broadcaster but happen to be abroad, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.

A VPN is a piece of software which offers both online privacy and the ability to change your IP address, meaning that you can access on-demand content or live TV like you would back at home, even while in another country.

Our fine colleagues at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPNs and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and lets you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.

Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.

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Watch a Six Nations live stream for FREE in Ireland

In Ireland, FREE coverage of the 15 matches of the 2024 Six Nations Championship will be shared between RTÉ (and its RTÉ Player), and Virgin Media Television (and Virgin Media Player)

When the fourth round of the tournament kicks off, Italy v Scotland will be available on Virgin Media Player. You’ll be able to watch England v Ireland and Wales v France on RTÉ Player.


Watch Six Nations matches: live stream from South Africa in 2024

If you want to watch the Six Nations from South Africa, you need a subscription to SuperSport

There are various SuperSport packages available, whether you want to watch via DStv or stream.


Watch the Six Nations: how to live stream from the USA

NBC Sports are the rights holders for the tournament in the USA, and Six Nations matches will be available on CNBC.

Sling is a smart TV service that allows people in the US to watch cable channels on their TV, laptop or tablet without actually having to subscribe to an annual cable TV package.

CNBC is available on Sling via the Sling Blue package with the News Extra add-on. It’ll usually cost you $46 per month ($40 for Sling Blue, $6 for the add-on) but Sling are currently offering your first month for $20. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

You’ll also be able to watch a Six Nations live stream on the Peacock Premium streaming service, which is available for $5.99 per month.


Live stream the Six Nations 2024 from New Zealand

In New Zealand, subscription service Sky Sport NZ has the rights to show Six Nations matches.


Watch Six Nations matches from Australia

Australian rugby fans will be tuning in to Stan Sport, which has the rights to all 15 Six Nations matches ad-free, live and on demand.

It costs $15 a month to add Stan Sport to your general Stan plan. There is also a 30-day free trial available so you can give Stan a run out first – though this does not apply to Stan Sport.


Watch the Six Nations: live stream FOR FREE from France

In France, you can watch Six Nations matches FOR FREE on France 2 and its France TV streaming service.


Watch Six Nations 2024 matches from Asia

Premier Sports has the rights to broadcast Six Nations matches in Asia and will show matches in 22 territories – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

A monthly pass to Premier Sports Asia is $25.99 or you can take out an annual subscription for $169.


Upcoming Six Nations 2024 fixtures

Round 4

  • Italy v Scotland; 2:15pm GMT, Saturday 9 March; ITVX (UK), Virgin Media Player (Ireland)
  • England v Ireland; 4:45pm GMT, Saturday 9 March; ITVX (UK), RTÉ Player (Ireland)
  • Wales v France; 3:00pm GMT, Sunday 10 March; BBC iPlayer (UK), RTÉ Player (Ireland)

Round 5

  • Wales v Italy; 2:15pm GMT, Saturday 16 March; BBC iPlayer (UK), RTÉ Player (Ireland)
  • Ireland v Scotland; 4:45pm GMT, Saturday 16 March; ITVX (UK), Virgin Media Player (Ireland)
  • France v England; 8:00pm GMT, Saturday 16 March; ITVX (UK), RTÉ Player (Ireland)

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