ITV have introduced their lineup of on-screen expertise for this 12 months’s Six Nations.
Wales and Eire will open the event on Saturday 4 February on the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.
Scotland journey to Twickenham in a mouth-watering Calcutta Cup conflict towards England, the place new head coach Steve Borthwick can be hoping to kick off his worldwide teaching profession with a win. On Sunday 5 February Italy will welcome reigning champions and soon-to-be World Cup hosts France to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
All the motion can be proven throughout BBC and ITV, with Mark Pougatch and Jill Douglas returning to guide the ITV presenting crew, with an extended listing of skilled rugby figures alongside them. In the meantime the skilled voices of Nick Mullins and Miles Harrison will present commentary for ITV.
Former England participant Martin Bayfield and Gabriel Clarke will current from the sidelines.
This 12 months’s Six Nations serves as a tantalising precursor in a giant 12 months for rugby union, with the Rugby World Cup in France later this 12 months. Count on most of the names concerned in ITV’s Six Nations protection to return to your screens later this 12 months, because the World Cup can be screened solely by ITV.
Netflix’s affirmation of a Six Nations centered rugby documentary will add one other layer of intrigue.
- Jonny Wilkinson
With 91 caps for England and a World Cup trophy on Twickenham’s cabinets due to his well-known drop aim within the 2003 World Cup last, the England nice has turn out to be an ITV common for his or her Six Nations protection.
- Lawrence Dallaglio
A fellow member of England’s class of 2003 who represented his nation 85 instances, Dallaglio has 4 Six Nations titles to his title and is an everyday presence on BT Sport’s Premiership protection. The previous No 8 additionally hosts his personal podcast with the Night Customary.
- Maggie Alphonsi
A vital member of the England crew that received the 2014 Rugby World Cup, Alphonsi has numerous spectacular off-pitch accomplishments to her title, having been the primary feminine participant to commentate on males’s worldwide rugby, and the primary feminine participant to turn out to be a columnist for a nationwide newspaper.
- Sir Clive Woodward
Woodward made 21 England appearances in his enjoying profession earlier than a seven-year time period as England head coach yielded three Six Nations titles and the aforementioned Rugby World Cup.
- Brian O’Driscoll
An everyday on each ITV and BT Sport’s rugby protection, O’Driscoll is the fourth most-capped participant in rugby union historical past with 141 appearances between Eire and the British & Irish Lions. He’s deservedly thought to be one among rugby’s biggest gamers.
- Rory Greatest
A former Eire captain, Greatest is Eire’s most-capped ahead with 124 check appearances, and an everyday rugby pundit, notably on BBC Northern Eire’s protection of Ulster matches.
- Gareth Thomas
The previous Wales and British & Irish Lions captain, nicknamed “Alfie”, has represented Wales in each rugby union and league, and has been commonplace in ITV’s rugby protection, together with for the final three World Cups.
- Jamie Roberts
A bruising ball-carrying centre for Wales underneath Warren Gatland, the recently-retired Roberts can have key perception into how Gatland will try to rejuvenate Wales’ fortunes.
- Sir Ian McGeechan
One in all rugby’s most well-known teaching merchandise having led Lions and training Scotland to a Grand Slam in 1990, the Scot was knighted in 2010 for his providers to rugby.
- Jim Hamilton
The previous Scotland and Saracens lock is one among rugby’s greatest personalities, internet hosting The Rugby Pod with former England fly-half Andy Goode, and his personal podcast The Huge Jim Present.
- George Gregan
Gregan is one among rugby’s biggest scrum-halves of all time, and nonetheless holds the file of Australia’s most-capped participant with 139 appearances. Gregan received the Rugby World Cup with Australia in 1999.
- Benjamin Kayser
Kayser is a well known title in English rugby, having hung out at Leicester Tigers throughout his profession and contributes typically to BT Sport’s rugby protection. Kayser made 47 appearances for France throughout 2008 and 2015.
- Gordon D’Arcy
- Shane Williams
- Ben Kay
- Scott Hastings
- David Flatman
- Danielle “Nolli” Waterman