1 APRIL – Women’s Six Nations 2021 takes place in a standalone international window for the first time and will be played over four consecutive weekends under a new format that leaves no margin for error.
As the dust settles on a thrilling men’s Six Nations, it is now the turn of the women to step forward and deliver what should be an equally compelling tournament.
With all the fixtures to be broadcast on a mix of terrestrial and digital services, the tournament promises to reach an even larger audience and act as a brilliant showcase for the women’s game after what has been a tough year.
Ben Morel, CEO of Six Nations Rugby, commented, “We are thrilled to launch the Women’s Six Nations Championship today and want to thank everyone for their efforts in getting us to this point. It is a privilege for us to be in a position to stage these matches despite the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19.
“There is so much to look forward to with this year’s tournament. The top class action, a new format, all matches being broadcast, a first-ever Super Saturday, all of which is taking place in a standalone window for the first time ever. We cannot wait for it all to start.Ben Morel – Six Nations Rugby CEO
“Developing the women’s game is a top priority for the Six Nations, and we see huge opportunities for growth. This has been a key focus for us in recent years and will continue to be central to our strategy in the coming years.”
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Women’s Six Nations 2021 will be played in a new and condensed format similar to that of the recent men’s Autumn Nations Cup.
This year sees two pools of three teams face each other once, with the sides from the corresponding positions in each group then meeting on Super Saturday Finals Day.
The winner of the match between the two pool winners will be crowned champions of the Women’s Six Nations 2021.
Defending champions England are in Pool A with Italy and Scotland, while France, Ireland and Wales will contest Pool B.
Saturday, 3 April
England v Scotland, Castle Park, Doncaster, kick-off 15:00
France v Wales, Stade de la Rabine, Vannes, kick-off 20:00
Saturday, 10 April
Italy v England, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma, kick-off 14:00
Wales v Ireland, Cardiff Arms Park, kick-off 17:00
Saturday, 17 April
Ireland v France, Energia Park, Donnybrook, kick-off 14:15
Scotland v Italy, Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow, kick-off 17:00
Saturday, 24 April
Winner Pool A v Winner Pool B
2nd place Pool A v 2nd place Pool B
3rd place Pool A v 3rd place Pool B