Former British and Irish Lions and Ireland player Jamie Heaslip along with Scotland captain John Barclay are the latest rugby union stars to join the BBC’s line-up for the upcoming 2019 Guinness Six Nations Championship.
Former British and Irish Lions captains Martin Johnson, Sam Warburton and Paul O’Connell return to line-up
Scotland captain John Barclay and former Ireland player Jamie Heaslip join BBC team
Gabby Logan and John Inverdale to front live games on the BBC
Women’s Six Nations Championship games streamed live
Live commentary from every home nations game on Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra
Comprehensive coverage available at all times on BBC Sport’s digital channels
Bringing viewers live TV coverage of all of Wales, Scotland and France home games, the Six Nations Championship opens with France v Wales in Paris on Friday 1 February on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Other key matches on the BBC include Wales v England, Scotland v Ireland and last year’s runners-up, Wales against last year’s winner, Ireland on March 16.
Gabby Logan and John Inverdale will lead the BBC’s TV coverage and will be joined by some of the biggest names in rugby union to offer their expert analysis and insight, including, Sam Warburton, Martin Johnson, Paul O’Connell, Jamie Heaslip, John Barclay, Jeremy Guscott, Jonathan Davies, Martyn Williams, Chris Paterson, Thomas Castaignede, Jake Polledri, Andy Nicol and Brian Moore.
TV commentary will be provided by the experienced Eddie Butler, Andrew Cotter and Sara Orchard. Sonja McLaughlan and Lee McKenzie will be pitch side at every TV game delivering viewers all of the updates as they happen on and off the field.
A highlights show will be available on BBC Two every Sunday afternoon during the competition where John Inverdale will be joined by guests to look at how all six nations performed that weekend as well as covering all the major talking points and incidents.
The Women’s Six Nations Championship returns to the BBC for 2019 with selected games available to watch on the BBC Sport website, app and Connected TVs. A highlights show will also be shown each Sunday night on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer so viewers can catch up on the action from every game.
Live radio commentary from every home nations game will be available on 5 live and 5 live sports extra throughout the competition. Also, all of England’s Women’s Six Nations games will be covered on 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website. World Cup winner and former England player Danielle Waterman will be part of the commentary team for the women’s games.
Joining the 5 live commentary team for the 2019 Six Nations are Shane Williams, Rory Lawson, Shane Horgan, Gavin Hastings, Denis Hickie and Paul Grayson.
Matt Dawson’s Rugby Show returns to 5 live every Thursday night before a Six Nations game weekend and the Rugby Union Weekly podcast will be available to listen to every Monday - Ugo Monye and the BBC’s new rugby union correspondent Chris Jones will cover all of the latest happenings in the Six Nations.
A comprehensive digital service enables fans to share in all the excitement of the men’s and women’s Six Nations through the BBC Sport website and via the BBC Sport app on mobiles, tablets and connected TVs.
Selected men’s and women’s live matches will be streamed via the website, app and Connected TVs and there will be in-play highlights of BBC games and match highlights of others after the final whistle.
BBC Live pages will also cover every minute of every match day with live text commentaries, video streams, clips, stats and social media content.
BBC Sport’s social media accounts, which have over 20 million followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube will provide all the latest breaking news and some of the best clips from the tournament catching the most crucial, dramatic and shareable moments in all their glory.
Every Friday ahead of each Six Nations weekend, the BBC News Channel will preview all of the action and major talking points with special guests and features in Sportsday from 6.30pm.
BBC Northern Ireland
Throughout the tournament BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Sport NI website will have live commentary of Ireland’s Six Nations games. With commentary from Jim Neilly and former Ireland fly-half, Tony Ward, the games will be presented by BBC Sport NI’s Gavin Andrews with analysis from Six Nations Championship winners Andrew Trimble and Chris Henry as well as 92-times capped Malcolm O’Kelly.
There will be build-up and full live commentaries for all of Scotland’s games on BBC Radio Scotland with all the latest news and features on the BBC Sport Scotland website.
All of Wales’ matches will be live on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, and BBC Wales television will also provide live coverage of Wales' games against France, England, Scotland and Ireland. Additionally, S4C will have live television coverage of
every Wales game on Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol, which is a BBC Wales production for S4C.
In addition to live match commentary of all five Wales games, BBC Radio Wales will be running its Six Nations Legends competition and giving one lucky listener the opportunity to win tickets to all five matches, including travel and accommodation to the three away games.
On BBC Wales TV, Gabby Logan and Gareth Thomas are back with a new series of Six Nations Sin Bin, aimed at kick-starting the rugby party, ahead of the Six Nations. They will be joined in front of a studio audience by a host of guests including players and comedians.
Scrum V will broadcast on BBC Two Wales each Sunday evening during the tournament, with Six Nations highlights, analysis and debate on all of the weekend’s action in front of a live studio audience.
In a special documentary, former Wales and British and Lions captain Sam Warburton presents a programme that celebrates his astonishing journey, and on the eve of the Six Nations, Eddie Butler is on a mission to get under the skin of the Championship that fires up passion in Wales like no other in Eddie Butler’s Six Nations.
BBC Two Wales will also have coverage of the Women’s Six Nations as they take on Scotland at Scotstoun on March 8.
BBC and ITV allocation
The 2019 Six Nations Championship TV coverage will be shared between BBC and ITV as follows: