Six Nations 2013 on the BBC: Sir Clive Woodward joins the team

Date: 23.01.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.17
The 2013 RBS 6 Nations kicks off in grand style with the four home nations facing each other on the opening day of play, making for an amazing day of sporting action. The BBC will bring every moment of the tournament across television, radio and online with all the news, previews and interviews as the story unfolds.

All matches will be live on BBC One and BBC One HD, starting with Wales v Ireland (ko 13:30) and England v Scotland (ko 16:00), both on Saturday 2 February.

World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward joins the BBC television team this year, bringing his expertise and insight, gained as both player and coach, to viewers. He joins an unrivalled team of experts bringing the coverage across the BBC – on television Jonathan Davies, Jeremy Guscott, Andy Nicol, Keith Wood, Brian Moore, Lawrence Dallaglio, Shane Williams, Thomas Castaignede, Marco Bortolami, Martyn Williams, Chris Paterson and Phillip Matthews, and on radio Matt Dawson, Gavin Hastings, Denis Hickie and Robert Jones.

John Inverdale presents the BBC’s TV coverage, along with Gabby Logan and Jason Mohammed. Commentary comes from Eddie Butler, Andrew Cotter and Alastair Eykyn. Jill Douglas and Sonja McLaughlan lead the pitchside reporting.

Ian Robertson leads the BBC Radio 5 live commentary team alongside Alastair Eykyn, Conor McNamara, Jonny Saunders and Iain Carter.

Every game of the tournament will be shown live on BBC One and BBC One HD, with highlights every Sunday on BBC Two and the BBC HD Channel.* All matches will also be live on Radio 5 live or 5 live sports extra,** streamed live on the BBC Sport website, mobile and connected devices with alternative audio options available (selected matches also available on the Red Button). All coverage will be available on BBC iPlayer for up to a week after the live fixture and the BBC News Channel will broadcast a special preview programme, Inside The Six Nations, before each weekend of the tournament – featuring interviews, the latest news and analysis.

There will be live coverage of the Women’s Six Nations featuring England v France on Saturday 23 February on the Red Button and on Radio 5 live sports extra, with the full story of the women’s tournament being reported with news and highlights online on the BBC Sport website. Radio 5 live will also have full updates on England v Scotland (2 February) and England v Italy (9 March).

Matt Dawson will host a preview show ahead of every playing weekend on BBC Radio 5 live - Six Nations 5 live Rugby - where he will be joined by guests for the latest news and analysis, and to preview forthcoming matches. In addition, Thursday 24 January sees a Six Nations 5 live Rugby Special with Matt previewing this year’s tournament with a host of top-name guests. Matt also continues his rugby show throughout the year focussing on BBC Radio 5 live’s ongoing rugby union coverage, including the Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup.

The BBC Sport website and BBC Red Button will offer a host of additional content throughout the tournament, including live post match forums following these matches:

England v Scotland: 2 February (18:00-18:30)

Italy v France: 3 February (17:00-17:30)

Ireland v England: 10 February (17:00-17:30)

Scotland v Ireland: 24 February (16:00-16:30)

England v Italy: 10 March (17:00-17:30)

Wales v England: 16 March (19:00-19:30 tbc)

Matt Dawson will front another series of Dawson Debates on the BBC Sport website, his weekly take on the big Six Nations issues and chance for viewers to pose him questions throughout the tournament. Additional website content includes archive from previous Six Nations, blogs, in-depth features and all the latest news, pre-match interviews, build-up, comprehensive live-text commentary service and post-match reaction.

The 45-minute highlights programme available on BBC television each weekend will also be replayed on the Red Button and available on BBC iPlayer. Plus key moments and edited highlights will be available after each match online and the Red Button.

BBC Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland:

BBC Cymru Wales TV, radio and online: There will be match commentary of the Welsh games on television, radio and online, plus Scrum V Live will feature Under 20s matches, Scrum V Special, presented by Jason Mohammad, will feature guests and highlights of all the games of the weekend with a live audience (first edition 6.30pm on the Sunday after the game, subsequent editions 7pm on the Sunday after each game). Scrum V Classic, every Thursday before each game, will introduce highlights from an equivalent game from the archive, and Y Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol, a BBC production for S4C, will show the network game, with Welsh commentary presented live from the grounds. BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru will feature all the build-up.

BBC Radio Scotland: There will be full live coverage of Scotland’s matches on BBC Radio Scotland and the station’s Sport Nation programme, which goes out every Saturday morning, will keep listeners up to date with the latest news and views from the competition.

BBC Northern Ireland will have all of Ireland’s games live on BBC Radio Ulster with outside broadcasts from the home games at the Aviva Stadium against England and France. BBC Newsline and the BBC Sport NI website will also have extensive preview and analysis of all of Ireland’s games throughout the tournament.

* apart from the first weekend where highlights will be on BBC One and BBC One HD, time tbc.

** apart from Italy v France on Sunday 3 February, which will have full reports on Radio 5 live

LW