The Six Nations fixtures for the 2014 & 2015 Championships were announced today and see Wales kick off their title defence against Italy in Cardiff in the first match of the 2014 Championship.
Both championships are set to feature Friday night games again, with Wales hosting France at 8pm on Friday 21st February 2014, and the Wales v England game kicking off the 2015 tournament in Cardiff at 8.05pm on Friday 6th February. With 2015 being a World Cup year, and England and Wales set to face each other in the same pool, that fixture could be huge – no doubt throwing up huge logistical questions once again regarding travel on a Friday night.
2014’s Super Saturday sees Italy face England, Wales welcome Scotland and France entertain Ireland. The Six Nations tournaments have been so close over the past few years that it is impossible to speculate now about which game the winner is likely to come from.
Both years take the tried format of two weeks on, one week off, one week on, one week off and finally two weeks on, meaning the tournaments take seven weeks in total. 2014 sees Wales, Italy and France with three home fixtures, and the other three teams with the same arrangement in 2015.
For a full list of the 2014 and 2015 fixtures, click here.