BBC Sport will have extensive coverage of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations during February and March 2013 with all 15 games exclusively live on BBC TV.
The 2013 tournament concludes in grand style with the title decider in Cardiff between old foes Wales and England in front of a raucous Millenniums Stadium crowd, with the visitors looking to secure their first Grand Slam in a decade.
Wales faltered after winning the Grand Slam in 2012 with a string of defeats, but their confidence has slowly been rebuilt during this year’s Championship after three successive away victories over France, Italy and Scotland.
England travel to the Millennium Stadium aiming to secure the title against the reigning champions, with the prospect of a first Grand Slam since 2003 also on the cards.
The BBC is the only place to see every moment with all 15 games live on BBC One and BBC Two, plus extensive radio and online with all the news, previews and interviews as the story the 2013 tournament unfolds.
The 2013 RBS 6 Nations looks set to one of the closest editions of the tournament in recent years, with little to separate England, France and Ireland.
Wales have interim head coach Rob Howley at the helm as Warren Gatland takes time out from ahead of his work as head coach of the British & Irish Lions this sumer.
The Welsh will be looking to defend their title following last year’s Grand Slam triumph, their third in eight years, but they will do well to make it a fourth success this time around having lost their last seven games.
They open up against Ireland, who will have Jamie Heaslip as their skipper for the first time in a RBS 6 Nations campaign in the absence of veterans Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell.
Last year’s runners-up England will be led by Chris Robshaw again and they will begin their title bid against Scotland, who like the Red Rose last year, have an interim head coach in the shape of Scott Johnson, following the dismissal of Andy Robinson after a poor Autumn series.
Johnson finds himself in a similar position to England coach Stuart Lancaster 12 months ago, and will hope to emulate Lancaster’s winning start away to the Auld Enemy to claim the Calcutta Cup.
Another new captain will be seen in third of the opening fixtures as Pascal Pape retains the armband following France’s impressive autumn, which included a convincing victory over Australia.
Les Bleus will travel to Italy who will be looking to avenge their historic loss to the Italians in 2011, however France coach Philippe Saint-Andre opened his tenure with a win in Paris last year at home to the Azzurri.
Details of Round Five’s games below:
LIVE: 2.05pm-4.30pm – BBC ONE | Updates: BBC Radio 5 live
The final round of fixtures on this Six Nations ‘Super Saturday’ begins in Rome with the clash between Italy and Ireland.
The Italians will hope to finish this year’s tournament in the same way they started it, following their incredible win over France on the opening weekend.
However, they will have to defy history if they are to beat Ireland, a country they have never beaten in 13 previous Six Nations encounters, and whom they lost 42-10 to last year.
For Ireland’s players it will be a last chance to impress on the international stage ahead of the British and Irish Lions squad being picked later this season for the tour to Australia this summer.
Jason Mohammad presents live coverage from pitchside at the Stadio Olimpico with expert analysis provided by Italian legend Marco Bortolami.
Match commentary comes from Conor McNamara and Phillip Matthews.
LIVE: 4.30pm-7.00pm – BBC ONE | Commentary: BBC Radio 5 live
Wales take on old foes England in the 2013 Six Nations Championship title decider at the Millennium Stadium.
England broke a three-game losing streak in Cardiff when they won on their last Six Nations visit to the Cardiff two years ago.
But Wales were the victors in last year’s clash when they triumphed 19-12 at Twickenham on their way to sealing the Grand Slam.
Things did not go quite so well for the Welsh in the rest of 2012, but nothing stokes their fires quite like a visit from England, and a full-blooded encounter can always be expected.
Since head coach Stuart Lancaster took over at the beginning of last year, England have won four successive Six Nations away games in Edinburgh, Rome, Paris and Dublin, drawn a Test in South Africa and beaten world champions New Zealand at Twickenham.
They are unbeaten in four games heading into the final weekend of Six Nations action and lead Wales, who have lost once, by two points.
An eight-point victory for Wales on home soil would give them the championship, although a seven-point margin could also be enough.
If the teams end with the same points difference, the title would be decided on tries scored – so far Wales have scored two more than England.
John Inverdale introduces BBC One’s live coverage of the 2013 Six Nations title decider from Cardiff.
Expert analysis comes from Sir Clive Woodward, Jeremy Guscott and Jonathan Davies, with match commentary by Eddie Butler and Brian Moore.
Following the match there is a Six Nations Forum via the Red Button and online, featuring further discussion and analysis.
Welsh-language coverage available on S4C
LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – BBC TWO | Commentary: BBC Radio 5 live
The 2013 RBS Six Nations comes to a conclusion with an evening match in Paris as France take on Scotland at the Stade de France.
The French have endured one of their worst ever Five/Six Nations campaigns of recent memory, having lost to Italy, Wales and England consecutively over the first three rounds.
Poor and inconsistent performances have put the pressure firmly on coach Philippe Saint-Andre, who only have a point to their name so far courtesy of last week’s 13-13 draw with Ireland.
However, France have lost to the Scots only once in the Six Nations era and never on home soil.
In fact, Scotland have only managed two victories in France since 1969.
Gabby Logan introduces live coverage of the final game of the 2013 Six Nations from the Stade de France.
She will be joined for expert analysis by former Scotland international Andy Nichol, while match commentary is provided by Andrew Cotter and Lawrence Dallaglio.
Full details of the BBC’s 2013 RBS 6 Nations coverage below:
Every game of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations will be shown live on BBC Television and in high-definition.
John Inverdale again leads the BBC’s live coverage and will share presenting duties with Gabby Logan and Jason Mohammed.
An unrivalled selection of northern hemisphere rugby’s most famous names will provide their expert take on proceedings for BBC viewers during the tournament.
World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward joins the BBC TV team this year, bringing his expertise and insight, gained as both player and coach, to viewers exactly a decade on from leading England to the Six Nations Grand Slam and Rugby World Cup glory.
Returning to the BBC line-up for 2013 will be Jonathan Davies, Jeremy Guscott, Andy Nicol, Keith Wood, Brian Moore, Lawrence Dallaglio, Shane Williams and Phillip Matthews, while Thomas Castaignede, Marco Bortolami, Martyn Williams and Chris Paterson will also provide their insights and opinions.
Match commentary will be led by Eddie Butler, Andrew Cotter and Alastair Eykyn, with pitchside reports and interviews coming from Jill Douglas and Sonja McLaughlan.
Every match will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website, mobile and connected devices with alternative audio options available and all coverage will be available on BBC iPlayer for up to a week after transmission.
BBC TV’s live post match forums will return and be broadcast after six live games via the Red Button and online, featuring additional analysis and discussion with BBC experts and viewer input via e-mails and tweets.
Highlights of each weekend’s games will be broadcast every Sunday on BBC Two and BBC HD, apart from the first weekend where highlights will be on BBC One due to BBC Two’s coverage of the Superbowl.
The 45-minute highlights programme 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 on the Red Button.
A new preview show will be broadcast on the BBC News Channel in the build-up to each weekend. Inside The Six Nations will feature exclusive interviews, the latest news and analysis from BBC pundits every Friday during the tournament at 6.45pm.
BBC Sport will also follow the progress of the Women’s Six Nations tournament, including live coverage of England v France on Saturday, February 23 on BBC Red Button, straight after the conclusion of the men’s encounter at Twickenham.
The full story of the women’s tournament will be reported with news and highlights during the live BBC One shows and on the BBC Sport website.
BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra will have live coverage of 13 of the 15 games in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations.
Ian Robertson leads the 5 live commentary team alongside Alastair Eykyn, Conor McNamara, Jonny Saunders and Iain Carter.
Expert analysis will come from Matt Dawson, Gavin Hastings, Denis Hickie and Robert Jones.
There will be frequent reports and score updates on 5 live of the two non-live games – Italy v France and Scotland v Italy.
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, there will be a Six Nations 5 live Rugby Special on Thursday, January 24, with Matt previewing this year’s tournament with a host of top-name guests.
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 via the BBC Sport Rugby Union website 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.
BBC Cymru Wales will be at the heart of every Wales match during the 2013 Six Nations on TV, radio and online.
There will be match commentary, as well as extensive previews, analysis and interviews, on BBC Cymru Wales TV, as well as Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, and online.
Scrum V Special, presented by Jason Mohammad, will feature guests and highlights of all the games of the weekend with a live audience every Sunday tea-time. Scrum V Classic will be shown every Thursday before each game, will introduce highlights from an equivalent game from the archive.
S4C will have live Welsh-language TV coverage of every Wales’ match, with commentary and analysis presented live from the grounds.
BBC Radio Scotland will provide full live coverage of Scotland’s matches 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.
Saturday 2nd February Wales 22-30 Ireland Kick-off: 1.30pm | Millennium Stadium, Cardiff LIVE: 1.00pm-3.30pm – BBC One Welsh-language coverage on S4C England 38-18 Scotland Kick-off: 4.00pm | Twickenham, London LIVE: 3.30pm-6.00pm – BBC One Forum: 6.00pm-6.30pm – BBC Red Button / Online Sunday 3rd February Italy 23-18 France Kick-off: 3.00pm | Stadio Olimpico, Rome LIVE: 2.25pm-5.00pm – BBC One Forum: 5.00pm-5.30pm – BBC Red Button / Online Week 1 Highlights 1.40am-2.25am – BBC One Saturday 9th February Scotland 34-10 Italy Kick-off: 2.30pm | Murrayfield, Edinburgh LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm – BBC One France 6-16 Wales Kick-off: 5.00pm | Stade de France, Paris LIVE: 4.30pm-7.00pm – BBC One Welsh-language coverage on S4C Sunday 10th February Ireland 6-12 England Kick-off: 3.00pm | Aviva Stadium, Dublin LIVE: 2.25pm-5.00pm – BBC One Forum: 5.00pm-5.30pm – BBC Red Button / Online Week 2 Highlights 12.05am-12.50am – BBC Two Saturday 23rd February Italy 9-26 Wales Kick-off: 2.30pm | Stadio Olimpico, Rome LIVE: 2.00pm-4.20pm – BBC One Welsh-language coverage on S4C England 23-13 France Kick-off: 5.00pm | Twickenham, London LIVE: 4.30pm-7.00pm – BBC One England 20-30 France – RBS Women’s 6 Nations Kick-off: 7.20pm | Twickenham, London LIVE: 7.00pm-9.15pm – BBC Red Button Sunday 24th February Scotland 12-8 Ireland Kick-off: 2.00pm | Murrayfield, Edinburgh LIVE: 1.30pm-4.00pm – BBC One Forum: 4.00pm-4.30pm – BBC Red Button / Online Week 3 Highlights 11.05pm-11.50pm – BBC Two Saturday 9th March Scotland 18-28 Wales Kick-off: 2.30pm | Murrayfield, Edinburgh LIVE: 2.00pm-4.25pm – BBC One Welsh-language coverage on S4C Ireland 13-13 France Kick-off: 5.00pm | Aviva Stadium, Dublin LIVE: 4.35pm-7.00pm – BBC One Sunday 10th March England 18-11 Italy Kick-off: 3.00pm | Twickenham, London LIVE: 2.20pm-5.00pm – BBC One Forum: 5.00pm-5.30pm – BBC Red Button / Online Week 4 Highlights 11.35pm-12.20am – BBC Two Saturday 16th March Italy v Ireland Kick-off: 2.30pm | Stadio Olimpico, Rome LIVE: 2.05pm-4.30pm – BBC One Wales v England Kick-off: 5.00pm | Millennium Stadium, Cardiff LIVE: 4.30pm-7.00pm – BBC One Forum (TBC): 7.00pm-7.30pm – BBC Red Button / Online Welsh-language coverage on S4C France v Scotland Kick-off: 8.00pm | Stade de France, Paris LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – BBC Two / BBC HD Sunday 17th March Week 5 Highlights 12.00am-12.45am – BBC Two . . All of the BBC’s live coverage will be available to watch online via the BBC Sport website, and on-demand for up to seven days after transmission on BBC iPlayer . .