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Dallaglio joins core BBC Television line-up for Six Nations

Six Nations: Jonathan Davies, John Inverdale and Jeremy Guscott

Recently retired former England captain and World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio joins as a member of BBC Television's core team of pundits for this year's RBS Six Nations.

Dallaglio made his Six Nations broadcasting debut last year, also featuring as a pitchside analyst and commentator for the BBC during the 2008 autumn internationals.

He will be joined by former France captain and multiple Grand Slam winner Raphael Ibanez, who will offer a Gallic perspective on all of France's games, and former Wales captain Colin Charvis for some Wales' matches.

They join the current line-up of studio analysts – Jonathan Davies, Jeremy Guscott, Andy Nicol and Keith Wood.

Austin Healey returns to what he knows best, having missed the 2008 autumn internationals which clashed with his successful stint on Strictly Come Dancing. Healey will be offering his own shrewd analysis on the game's main talking points, throughout the match, from the stands.

John Inverdale will be the main host and will be joined by fellow presenters Gabby Logan and Jill Douglas.

Commentators will be Eddie Butler, Nick Mullins and Andrew Cotter, with Brian Moore, Jonathan Davies, Philip Matthews and Andy Nicol as co-commentators.

Pitchside reporting team Sonja McLaughlan and Graham Thomas will be joined this year by Dan Walker.

Every game of the tournament will be shown live on BBC Television, kicking off with a one-hour build-up on the opening weekend ahead of the England v Italy fixture.

The coverage will include all England, Wales and Scotland home games available in high definition for viewers with HD-enabled televisions. Every match, apart from Italy v Ireland (15 February) and France v Wales (27 February), is on BBC One, with all matches available on BBC iPlayer for up to a week after the live fixture.

BBC Sport's popular interactive forums will once again be available via the Red Button on the following matches:

  • Sunday 8 February: Scotland v Wales (forum follows the game, 5.00-5.30pm)
  • Saturday 14 February: Wales v England (forum follows the game, 7.30-8.00pm)
  • Friday 27 February: France v Wales (pre and post-match forums)
  • Saturday 28 February: Ireland v England (forum follows the game, 7.30-8.00pm)
  • Sunday 15 March: England v France (forum follows the game, 5.00-5.30pm)
  • Saturday 21 March: Wales v Ireland (forum follows the game, 7.30-8.00pm)

BBC Six Nations Rugby Editor, Carl Hicks, said: "This is the 10th tournament since Italy joined the competition to create the Six Nations and this year's tournament promises to be the most open of all. Any of the six teams believe they have what it takes to beat any other on their day. It should make for great TV."

BBC Radio 5 Live will carry all five England games live as well as the France v Wales and Wales v Ireland games.

Two matches will be live on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra with reports on the remaining games on Radio 5 Live.

Ian Robertson continues to head up the team with seasoned partners Iain Carter, Alastair Eykyn, Conor McNamara and Jonny Saunders.

The 5 Live commentary team are joined by a panel of expert summarisers from across the British Isles.

World Cup winning scrum-half Matt Dawson will be giving his expert opinion on all England games while former Wales captain Rob Jones will be on hand for the Welsh matches. Gavin Hastings and Brian Redpath will provide analysis on the Scottish team and former Irish fullback Hugo MacNeill will use his expertise to discuss Ireland.

Matt Dawson will also present Six Nations Rugby Special on 5 Live. He will be joined by guests for the all the latest Six Nations news, reports and analysis.

The BBC Sport website will carry a live simulcast of each game, and highlights will be available on demand after matches. Live text updates will be on the website and are also available to mobile phones.

There will be live audio from Radio 5 Live and statistics will update as matches go on. There will be a unique opportunity to put questions to player pundits from each nation and gain their view from in the camp. The site will also carry rugby tips, tactics, and skills in a series of masterclasses.

There's a squad selector where you can pick your own team, and an opportunity to play your own Six Nations where you can kick, pass, score tries and take part in line-outs from the comfort of your desk.

In 2008, BBC television audiences to the Six Nations were again consistently high, with an average of 4.2 million watching each match. The highest peak audience was 8.2 million for the England v Wales match

Six Nations 2009 fixtures
(all times GMT) *denotes interactive forum

Saturday 7 February
England v Italy 3.00pm BBC One
Ireland v France 5.00pm BBC One

Sunday 8 February
Scotland v Wales* 3.00pm BBC One

Saturday 14 February
France v Scotland 3.00pm BBC One
Wales v England* 5.30pm BBC One

Sunday 15 February
Italy v Ireland 2.30pm BBC Two

Friday 27 February
France v Wales* 8.05pm BBC Two

Saturday 28 February
Scotland v Italy 3.00pm BBC One
Ireland v England* 5.30pm BBC One

Saturday 14 March
Italy v Wales 3.00pm BBC One
Scotland v Ireland 5.00pm BBC One

Sunday 15 March
England v France* 3.00pm BBC One

Saturday 21 March
Italy v France 1.15pm BBC One
England v Scotland 3.30pm BBC One
Wales v Ireland* 5.30pm BBC One

Radio 5 Live programme schedule

Saturday 7 February
England v Italy, 3.00pm. 5 Live

Sunday 8 February
Scotland v Wales, 3.00pm, Radio 4 LW on DAB

Saturday 14 February
Wales v England, 5.30pm, 5 Live

Friday 27 February
France v Wales, 8.00pm, 5 Live

Saturday 28 February
Ireland v England, 5.30pm, 5 Live

Saturday 14 March
Italy v Wales, 3.00pm, 5 Live Sports Extra
Scotland v Ireland, 5.00pm, 5 Live Sports Extra

Sunday 15 March
England v France, 3.00pm, 5 Live

Saturday 21 March
England v Scotland, 3.30pm, 5 Live
Wales v Ireland, 5.30pm, 5 Live

Radio 5 Live Six Nations Rugby Special with Matt Dawson

Thursday 5 February, 8.30-10.00pm
Thursday 12 February, 9.00-10.00pm
Friday 13 March, 9.00-10.00pm
Friday 20 March, 9.00-10.00pm.


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