Wales, British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies, Dylan Hartley and Michael Cheika join BBC’s 2020 Six Nations line-up

Date: 23.01.2020     Last updated: 23.01.2020 at 18.09
Wales and British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies joins the BBC team for the upcoming 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship. England’s most capped hooker of all time Dylan Hartley and ex-Australia coach Michael Cheika are among the other new names to join the BBC’s line-up.

Wales and British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies, Ex-England captain Dylan Hartley, and former Australia coach Michael Cheika to feature in BBC coverage.

  • Former England, Scotland and Ireland captains, Martin Johnson, John Barclay and Paul O’Connell all return
  • Gabby Logan and John Inverdale front live games on BBC One and BBC iPlayer
  • Live commentary of every home nations game on Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra
  • New Women’s Rugby edition of Rugby Union Weekly hosted by Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett alongside return of Rugby Union Weekly podcast with Ugo Monye, Chris Jones, Danny Care and Chris Ashton
  • Women’s Six Nations Championship games streamed live
  • Comprehensive coverage available at all times on BBC Sport’s digital channels
  • (Please note: Wales, British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies will join this year’s BBC team. Regular BBC Rugby Pundit Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies will also return to the line-up.)

Wales and British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies joins the BBC team for the upcoming 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship. England’s most capped hooker of all time Dylan Hartley and ex-Australia coach Michael Cheika are among the other new names to join the BBC’s line-up.

Gabby Logan and John Inverdale front BBC Sport’s TV coverage joined by some of the biggest names in rugby union. There to offer expert analysis and insight as well as Jonathan, Dylan and Michael this year’s studio team includes Martin Johnson, Paul O’Connell, John Barclay, Jeremy Guscott, Andy Nicol, Chris Paterson, Michele Campagnaro, Thomas Castaignede and Joe Worsley.

TV commentary will be provided by Andrew Cotter, Eddie Butler, Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies, Brian Moore and Chris Paterson. Sonja McLaughlan and Lee McKenzie are pitch side at every game, bringing viewers all of the updates as they happen on and off the field.

The BBC will provide live TV coverage of Scotland’s, Wales’ and France’s home games as this year’s Six Nations Championship opens with Wales v Italy in Cardiff on Saturday, 1st February on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Other key games on the BBC includes France v England, Calcutta Cup match Scotland v England, as well as final day games Wales v Scotland and France v Ireland.

The Women’s Six Nations Championship also returns with selected games available to watch on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport’s digital platforms. Viewers will also be able to watch the highlights every Sunday night with the on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

Every home nation’s men’s game will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live or 5 Live Sports Extra throughout the competition. Live commentary of every England Women’s game will be broadcast on 5 Live Sports Extra or online, with highlights on the BBC Sport website.

Sonja McLaughlan and Mark Chapman will present the coverage for BBC Radio 5 Live, joined by Chris Jones and Sara Orchard, alongside pundits Matt Dawson, Paul Grayson, Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies, Jamie Heaslip and Johnnie Beattie.

So popular throughout 2019’s Rugby World Cup, the Rugby Union Weekly Podcast follows the Six Nations closely with new episodes available every Monday. Hosts Ugo Monye, Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Chris Jones all return, with bonus episodes also planned.

And new for this year, there will be a Women’s Six Nations episode of Rugby Union Weekly hosted by Sara Orchard and Philippa Tuttiett available to download every Wednesday's covering all the biggest talking points from the women's tournament.

Every Thursday during game weeks, Matt Dawson’s Rugby Show returns on 5 Live as he welcomes regular guests including Danny Care, Philippa Tuttiett, Natasha Hunt, Andy Nicol and Shane Horgan.

A comprehensive digital service grants fans access to men’s and women’s Six Nations content through the BBC Sport website and app.

Highlights of every match, as well as in-play video clips of BBC matches, will be available via the BBC Sport website and app. Matt Dawson will also offer his take on events in a weekly column published on the BBC Sport website.

The BBC Live pages cover every minute of every match day with live text commentaries, in-play video clips, stats and social media content, as well as selected streams and text commentaries on the women’s tournament.

BBC Sport’s various social media accounts, which have over 30 million followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube provide all the latest breaking news stories and most dramatic, shareable clips from the tournament.

BBC Scotland

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. Last year’s dramatic Calcutta Cup match, when Scotland came back from 31-0 down to tie the game, will also be revisited when Grant Stott reflects on The Great Calcutta Cup Comeback.

BBC ALBA will also broadcast all five of Scotland’s matches in the Women’s Six Nations, starting with their opener against Ireland in Dublin. Presented by Iona Whyte and with commentary from Hugh Dan MacLennan, Scotland will be hoping to build on their recent victory in the challenge match against Spain.

BBC Northern Ireland

BBC Sport Northern Ireland will have live commentary of all of Ireland’s games in the Six Nations Championship on radio. Nigel Ringland introduces the coverage on BBC Radio Ulster starting with the first round of matches on Saturday 01 February as Ireland take on Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Jim Neilly will be on commentary alongside former Ireland outhalf, Tony Ward. On TV and on digital platforms, Gavin Andrews will keep fans up to date with all the latest news and reaction during the Championship as Ireland start a new chapter under head coach, Andy Farrell.

BBC Wales

All of Wales’ matches will be live on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, and there will be live coverage on BBC One Wales of Wales’ games against Italy, France and Scotland. Furthermore, 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 Wales games, on BBC Radio Wales every Friday morning before the matches, Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies will be presenting his phone-in show Jiffy’s Six Nations Breakfast and hearing views from listeners. Carol Vorderman will also be broadcasting her regular Saturday programme from the streets of Cardiff ahead of every Wales home game.

On BBC One Wales, 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 every game. They will be joined in front of a studio audience by a host of guests including players and celebrities.

Before the tournament on BBC Two Wales, Sarra Elgan and Gareth Rhys Owen will be joined by guests Sean Holley and Nicky Robinson in the Scrum V studio for this year’s Scrum V Six Nations Preview on 26 January. Also, during the tournament Scrum V Six Nations Special will be broadcast on BBC Two Wales on the Sunday evening after each game, with Six Nations highlights, analysis and debate on all of the weekend’s action in front of a live studio audience. Additionally, Eddie Butler will look forward to the Six Nations and a brand new era for Welsh rugby in Eddie Butler’s Six Nations which will be shown on BBC One Wales on 29 January and available across the UK on BBC One on Sat 1 February.

Byd Rygbi Cats a Charlo, a Welsh language rugby podcast will be available every Friday from the 31 January for nine weeks and the Scrum V Rugby podcast will be available every Sunday following each game on BBC Sounds.

BBC Two Wales will also have coverage of the Women’s Six Nations as they take on Italy on the 2 February and Scotland on the 15 March. S4C will have live coverage of the Women’s games against Ireland and France.

In addition, the audience can follow all of Wales’ games live via the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app (live pages).

BBC and ITV Six Nations Allocation and Schedule:

01-02-20 Wales v Italy Principality Stadium, BBC
01-02-20 Ireland v Scotland Aviva Stadium, ITV
02-02-20 France v England Stade de France, BBC
08-02-20 Ireland v Wales Aviva Stadium, ITV
08-02-20 Scotland v England Murrayfield, BBC
09-02-20 France v Italy Stade de France, BBC
22-02-20 Italy v Scotland Stadio Olimpico, ITV
22-02-20 Wales v France Principality Stadium, BBC
23-02-20 England v Ireland Twickenham, ITV
07-03-20 Ireland v Italy Aviva Stadium, ITV
07-03-20 England v Wales Twickenham ITV
08-03-20 Scotland v France Murrayfield, BBC
14-03-20 Wales v Scotland Principality Stadium, BBC
14-03-20 Italy v England Stadio Olimpico ITV
14-03-20 France v Ireland Stade de France, BBC

joe.horsman@bbc.co.uk

BBC Sport: Six Nations 2020