Ireland will provide the final act of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations with a primetime game in Paris, kicking off at 8 pm on Saturday, March 14th.
Championship organisers yesterday released the full fixture list for each of the next two seasons. The closing game of the 2021 series will see England coming to the Aviva Stadium for a 1645 kick off, the middle game of ‘Super Saturday, on 20th March.
Ireland’s full fixture list for the next two Guinness Six Nations Championships are as follows:
Saturday, February 1st 2020 1645 Ireland Vs Scotland, Aviva Stadium
Saturday, February 8th 2020 1415 Ireland Vs Wales, Aviva Stadium
Sunday, February 23rd 2020 1500 England vs Ireland, Twickenham
Saturday, March 7th 2020 1415 Ireland Vs Italy, Aviva Stadium
Saturday, March 14th 2020 2000 France Vs Ireland, Stade de France
Sunday, February 7th 2021 1500 Wales Vs Ireland, Cardiff
Sunday, February 14th 2021 1500 Ireland Vs France
Saturday, February 27th 2021 1415 Italy Vs Ireland
Sunday, March 14th 2021 1500 Scotland Vs Ireland, Edinburgh
Saturday, March 20th 2021 1645 Ireland Vs England, Aviva Stadium
Ireland have four Sunday games across the two campaigns, as against only two for England which will cut down on options for returning after the game for fans travelling to each of England, Wales and Scotland.
These things tend to come around in cycles but having three Sunday games in 2021 does seem a bit out of kilter.
The fixtures and venues for the Women’s and the U20 Six Nations have yet to be formally confirmed but will by convention take place in the same cities and on the same weekends as the Men’s games.
“We’ve got exciting plans for the future of the Guinness Six Nations, and this announcement of fixtures is a key building block,” said Six Nations CEO, Ben Morel.
“The 2019 Championship gave us a stunning finale with three teams competing for the title on the final weekend, a brilliant Grand Slam winner, and a unique Calcutta Cup match to finish the Championship off.”
“We look forward to developing the Championship in partnership with our Unions, sponsors and most importantly of all our fans over the coming years, and to the next two years of the Guinness Six Nations Championship generating even more excitement than the 2019 edition.”
2020 and 2021 will be seasons two and three of an initial six-year partnership with sponsors Guinness.
Image Credit: Billy Stickland, Inpho.ie