Guide to the Guinness Six Nations andkick off times, fixtures, tickets and tv listings Guide to the Guinness Six Nations andkick off times, fixtures, tickets and tv listings The and Six Nations will once again see the EnglandFranceIrelandItalyScotland and Wales international rugby union teams take each other on over the course of five thrilling rugby-packed weekends of fixtures. This is an international competition that takes place annually, with each of the six sides playing each other once. The Guinness Six Nations table and all historic six nations tables are available on our dedicated 6 nations tables page with detailed points breakdowns and league standings. All of the fixtures in the and Guinness Six Nations will be available for you to watch live.
England face Australia and Ireland take on the All Blacks in the quarter-finals.
They have not been above criticism in their three bonus-point wins out of three, but the calibre of opposition has improved with each match and would have done so again, but for Typhoon Hagibis.
England have got better, too.
But none of it feels quite real. Neither can the weirdness of a cancelled World Cup fixture and evacuation back to sunny Kyushu to try to simulate the match they never got to play. Mature heads will be needed to negotiate the leap thence to a quarter-final against Australia.
Michael Cheika has been firing shots on their behalf at all targets throughout the tournament. Key players … England: Owen Farrell. He sets the tone.
Australia: David Pocock. Signs are he could be peaking for his last tilt at glory. Prediction: Australia.
Match-hardened and underrated. It would be classic.
The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. New Zealand v Ireland Saturday Meanwhile, the Irish have plodded through their assignments, looking one-paced but building momentum, working those phases as only they can.
After flirting with the spotlight of No 1 in the world, they are back under the radar. New Zealand wear that mantle again — and it looks a better fit on them — but this is not the vintage that won the past two World Cups. Big question is whether they can switch the brilliance on at will.
For all their travails, Ireland are not unacquainted with the taste of victory against the All Blacks. We know what they will bring. We know that New Zealand do not particularly like it. Key players, New Zealand: Beauden Barrett.
Often feted as the best player in the world, because when on form he is untouchable.
Facing criticism back home, the under-pressure Fijians trounced Georgia Left winger Semi Radradra was mesmerizing, setting up tries with brilliant offloads and scoring two of his own.
Ireland: Conor Murray. The difference between Ireland with Murray and Sexton and Ireland without is huge. Prediction: Ireland.
See above for Australia. Wales v France Sunday 8. They were flattered against Fiji and battered against Australia, but they have come through with the gravitas of pool winners for the first time since they were hosts in The early scandal surrounding Rob Howley seems a long time ago.
And who should be up next?
Wales know they can beat them, all right. Almost the exact opposite of the earthy Welsh, France are either the same rabble as ever or a melting pot from which will emerge a new team fit to host the next World Cup.
Key players, Wales: Alun Wyn Jones. He tackles and he tackles and he tackles. He is Wales, in a nutshell.