How to watch Six Nations 2024 live streams for free online, Week 5

Andrew Porter of Ireland is tackled during the Guinness Six Nations 2024 match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 9, 2024 in London, England
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The 2024 Six Nations Rugby Championship continues this Saturday, March 16 with Wales vs Italy. Kick off is at 2.15pm UK / 10.15am ET.

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Guinness Six Nations table toppers Ireland – who thrashed Italy 36-0 in round two – remain on course for the title. Meanwhile, England continue their campaign with a huge clash as they head to France on Saturday.

The Six Nations has been even more spread out than usual: typically, each nation will host games in one of its stadiums, but France is actually using three different locations this year due to preparations for the 2024 Summer Paris Olympics later in the summer.

With Six Nations: Full Contact – Netflix's rugby documentary – boosting the sport's profile just in time for the 2024 Guinness Six Nations, and Super Bowl LVIII attracting even more viewers, you won't want to miss a minute of the action.

Our watching guide will ensure that you don't, whether you live in the US, UK or somewhere else, as well as keep you up to date on the latest results and fixtures. If you're abroad, use a VPN to watch your local stream from anywhere – we recommend NordVPN as it's fast and secure.

How to watch Six Nations Rugby in the US

There are two main cable channels that show the Six Nations Rugby games for people who live in the US: NBC Sports and TV5 Monde (though the latter shows the games with French commentary). Not all games are being shown, but many are.

If your cable package doesn't include NBC Sports or TV5 Monde, Fubo has both, while Sling TV has TV5 Monde and Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV have NBC Sports.

Some games are on an odd smattering of channels though, including ESPN and CNBC, so it's worth checking with our TV guide before watching. We'd recommend checking out our TV listing guide before signing up.

However, there's a cheaper option for people who don't have a cable subscription or any of those services. NBCUniversal's streaming service, Peacock, is showing the matches. You just need to be on the $5.99-per-month Premium plan, though the $11.99-per-month Premium Plus one will let you avoid ads on certain shows and movies (not live sports).

How to watch Six Nations Rugby in the UK

In the UK, Six Nations rugby games are split between BBC and ITV, so every single game is on one of these two channels (and, occasionally, both). Check out our TV listing guide for more info.

Prefer to stream the game online? Use BBC iPlayer or ITVX to watch Six Nations 2024 live streams for free (with a valid TV license, of course). This works on smart TVs, mobiles, tablets and computers.

For Wales games, S4C also airs the matches with Welsh-language commentary.

Traveling outside the UK? You'll need to use a rugby-friendly VPN to unblock these UK-based streaming platforms. We explain more about that below... 

How to watch Six Nations Rugby everywhere else

Wherever you live, there's a good possibility that a national broadcaster is streaming the Six Nations games, particularly if your country has a team playing in the tournament.

However, there's a possibility that there's no easy way of watching Six Nation games. Thankfully, you can solve this issue with a Virtual Private Network (a VPN). 

A VPN lets you get around the usual digital barriers by changing your IP address, meaning you can watch events like the Six Nations tournament even if it is not directly broadcasting where you are. Our favorite is NordVPN, which is the No. 1-rated VPN in the world right now according to our sister site, TechRadar.


NordVPN is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to watch what you want, from wherever you want to watch it.

It's straightforward and easy to use, has great security, is available on loads of streaming devices and, best of all, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out 100% risk-free. Give it a go.

Six Nations Rugby results

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Scoring is done so that winning a game gives you four points, drawing gives you two and losing gives you zero. 

There are various bonus points available: you get one by losing by fewer than seven points, and another for scoring four or more tries in a game. Plus, winning all five games will bag a team another five points.

If there are any teams with equal points, after all of the above, they'll be ranked on points difference: that's calculated by the total points scored in matches, minus the points scored against them.

Six Nations Rugby fixtures

The Six Nations games play out over five weekends, with each team playing once per week. You can see all the games below.

Round 1

  • February 2: France vs Ireland — 3 pm ET/8 pm UK
  • February 3: England vs Italy — 9:15 am ET/2:15 pm UK
  • February 3: Wales vs Scotland — 11:45 am ET/4:45 pm UK

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

  • March 9: Scotland vs Italy — 9:15 am ET/2:15 pm UK
  • March 9: England vs Ireland— 11:45 am ET/4:45 pm UK 
  • March 10: Wales vs France — 10 am ET/3 pm UK

Round 5

  • March 16: Wales vs Italy — 9:15 am ET/2:15 pm UK
  • March 16: Ireland vs Scotland — 11:45 am ET/4:45 pm UK
  • March 16: France vs England— 3 pm ET/8 pm UK

Your Six Nations Rugby questions answered

Where does the Six Nations Rugby take place?

Unlike in some sports tournaments, which see one country host the whole cup, in the Six Nations Rugby each of the six countries has one stadium which will be used for some games:

  • Italy: Stadio Olimpico in Rome
  • England: Twickenham in London
  • Wales: Principality Stadium in Cardiff (formerly known as the Millennium Stadium)
  • Scotland: Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh
  • Ireland: Aviva Stadium in Dublin

The one exception to that norm is France. Due to the Olympics being hosted there several months later, it has three stadiums in play, and each will only see a single game.

  • Marseille's Stade Vélodrome for Round 1's France vs Ireland
  • Lille's Stade Peirre-Mauroy for Round 3's France vs Italy
  • Lyon's Parc Olympique Lyonnais for Round 5's France vs England

Who could win Six Nations Rugby?

The Six Nations 2023 champions were Ireland, which also won the Grand Slam by winning all of its matches.

Since 2000, when Six Nations began (it was Five Nations before Italy joined that year), France has won six times. Wales have also won six times, while Ireland have five and England have won seven times.

So any of those four teams has a good shot of winning, especially given the fact that, in the last five years, each has won at least once.

Less likely to come out on top are Scotland and Italy, which haven't won once since 2000. Italy are the real underdogs, as they have taken the Wooden Spoon (last place) for the last eight championships and have "won" that trophy all but six years since they joined.

Why is it called Guinness Six Nations?

You might sometimes see the tournament called "Guinness Six Nations," named after the popular stout, and that's its official name.

That's because Guinness serves as the sponsor for the tournament and has done since 2019.

However since the sponsors change frequently, the tournament is usually referred to simply as "Six Nations," with most eschewing the sponsor name. That's especially the case in France, as it's illegal for alcohol companies to sponsor sports there, so the Guinness name is dropped for one of the six nations.

Tom Bedford
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