Women's Six Nations returns with England v Scotland live on Sky Sports
As winter fades into spring, there’s only one thing on many people’s minds – rugby, and more specifically the Six Nations.
Since 1996, there has been a women’s tournament and in 2007, the event was formally adopted by the Six Nations and runs parallel with the men’s competition.
This Friday sees England travel to face the auld enemy Scotland in Glasgow, and the match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Arena – perfect If you fancy watching a bit of rugby under lights.
England are the most successful team in the history of the competition, lifting the trophy on no fewer than 14 occasions, including 13 Grand Slams. The most recent of these was last year, when England defeated all their opponents to win their first championship since 2012.
This year, the Red Roses are on course for back-to-back Grand Slams, having defeated Italy 42-7 away and thrashed Wales 52-0 at the Twickenham Stoop last weekend.
Scotland have only won one championship, back in 1998, which means their drought is even longer than their male counterparts. They are unlikely to add to that figure this year after two defeats against France and Wales so far.
New homes of rugby union
Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Action are the new homes of rugby union on Sky after it reorganised its channels last summer. Instead of numbered channels, Sky Sports now has dedicated channels for the Premier League, F1, cricket, golf and football, while Sky Sports Arena, Action and Mix host a variety of different sports.
Sky Sports Main Event shows the most high profile event across the portfolio, while Sky Sports News is the UK’s only dedicated sports news channel.
In addition to the Women’s Six Nations, Sky Sports broadcasts a host of other rugby, including the European Champions Cup, European Challenge Cup, French Top14, Pro 14 and Super Rugby, as well as England and Ireland’s autumn internationals, The Rugby Championship, and regional competitions from the southern hemisphere. It also showed last summer’s Lions’ Tour exclusively live.
On Sky TV, you can add a single Sky Sports channel for £18, or you can add all eight for £20 a month.
If you don’t want or need Sky TV, then you can subscribe to NOW TV, which offers a range of flexible deals. A day pass costs £7.99 – perfect if you just want to watch the rugby – while a week pass is £12.99 and a month pass is £33.99.
You can watch NOW TV on a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, PC, PlayStation, streaming devices and the dedicated NOW TV box.
The full suite of Sky Sports channels are also available on Virgin Media and on TalkTalk TV, however BT TV customers can only get Sky Sports Main Event and a special ‘Sky Sports Extra’ channel, which shows Premier League games that aren’t broadcast on the other channel.
From 2019, BT will be able to sell NOW TV directly to customers over its BT TV platform.
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