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Thursday, February 20th, 2020
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS ROUND THREE OF 2020 GUINNESS SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RUGBY THIS WEEKEND
Coverage Begins with Saturday Doubleheader on NBCSN – Italy v. Scotland at 12:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Wales-France at 2:30 p.m. ET
Ireland Aims for ‘Triple Crown’ as they Travel to Twickenham Stadium to Take on England Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
All Matches Live & Commercial-Free on NBC Sports Gold’s Rugby Pass; Available Now for $79.99
Blaine Scully, Captain of U.S. Rugby National Team at 2019 Rugby World Cup, Joins Ahmed Fareed and Alex Corbisiero as Studio Analyst This Weekend
New Episode of Corbisiero’s The Scrumdown Podcast Features Former English International Rugby Player and Current Buffalo Bills Running Back Christian Wade
STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 20, 2020 – NBC Sports continues its coverage of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship this weekend with matches from Round Three of the world’s oldest rugby championship. Coverage begins this Saturday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Italy faces Scotland, followed by defending-champion Wales v. France at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Round Three coverage on NBCSN continues Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET, when England hosts Ireland at Twickenham Stadium.
The annual tournament, which has roots that date back more than a century, consists of 15 matches played in a round-robin format among six national teams – England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales.
All matches will stream live, commercial-free and on-demand via “Rugby Pass” on NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product. “Rugby Pass” is available for purchase now for $79.99. Click here for more information on Six Nations coverage on NBC Sports Gold. NBC and NBCSN will combine to present linear coverage. All television coverage will stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
The tournament concludes with the fifth and final round of the 2020 Six Nations Championship on Saturday, Mar. 14.
Ahmed Fareed will anchor this weekend’s coverage on NBCSN alongside analyst Alex Corbisiero, who played for England in the Six Nations Championship. Blaine Scully, captain of the U.S. rugby national team at last year’s World Cup, will also join the team studio as an analyst this weekend.
Following is this weekend’s slate of Guinness Six Nations Championship matches on NBC Sports Gold and NBCSN. Click here for more information.
|Sat., Feb. 22||Italy v. Scotland||9:15 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|Italy v. Scotland *||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wales v. France||11:45 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|Wales v. France *||2:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., Feb. 23||England v. Ireland||10 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|England v. Ireland *||2:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
On this week’s episode of Corbisiero’s The Scrumdown podcast, Alex is joined by former English rugby international and current Buffalo Bills running back Christian Wade. Wade details why he decided to transition from rugby to football, discusses his journey towards becoming a Bill, and touches on the similarities and differences between rugby and football.
NBC Sports’ Six Nations coverage is part of an extensive collection of rugby programming across NBC Sports platforms which spans the calendar year, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Gallagher Premiership Rugby, the HSBC Sevens Series, and last September’s 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Rugby offerings are available to U.S. commercial establishments through the NBC Sports Pub Pass – a customizable direct-to-consumer platform developed specifically for the retail pub/restaurant market in the U.S. Through the Six Nations Championship, all tournament matches will be available live, commercial-free and on-demand.
ITALY V. SCOTLAND – SATURDAY, 9:15 A.M ET ON NBC SPORTS GOLD (12:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN)
Italy are in search of their first points of the tournament after falling to France, 35-22, in Round Two, while Scotland sit in fifth place with two points after losing to England, 13-6, in Round Two. In last year’s Six Nations meeting, Scotland defeated Italy, 33-20.
WALES V. FRANCE – SATURDAY, 11:45 A.M ET ON NBC SPORTS GOLD (2:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN)
Wales lost to Ireland, 24-14, in Round Two, marking their first Six Nations loss in nine matches dating back to the 2018 tournament. The defending champions will look to bounce back against France, who secured their second win of the tournament in Round Two by defeating Italy, 35-22. France is tied with Ireland atop the table, with each nation earning nine points through the first two rounds. In their 2019 Six Nations match, Wales defeated France, 24-19, en route to the title.
ENGLAND V. IRELAND – SUNDAY, 10 A.M ET ON NBC SPORTS GOLD (2:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN)
England rebounded from their Round One defeat to top Scotland, 13-6, in Round Two. Ireland are tied with France atop the table after defeating Wales, 24-14, to move to 2-0. A win over England this weekend would give Ireland a ‘Triple Crown’ title for the second time since 2009. England defeated Ireland, 32-20, in last year’s tournament.
2020 Six Nations Table:
ABOUT SIX NATIONS RUGBY
The Six Nations Championship is held annually in February and March in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy. Since 2003, The Six Nations Championship is broadcast in over 180 countries globally, and over 1 million people attend the 15 games of the Championship annually.
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