Exposure to the women’s game will be greater than ever this year with Sky Sports showing all five of England’s Six Nations matches for the first time on UK television.
England, looking to reclaim the trophy they last won in 2012, open their campaign against reigning champions France on Saturday February 4 at Twickenham, with the match being broadcast live on Sky Sports Mix.
England take on Wales at Cardiff Arms Park a week later (February 11), live on Sky Sports 3, before welcoming Italy to The Stoop on February 25 on Sky Sports 2.
The only England match that won’t be shown live is against Scotland, again at The Stoop, on March 11, although delayed coverage will be available on Sky Sports 2.
England’s final game is against Ireland at Donnybrook, Dublin, on March 17 and this game will, again, be shown live on Sky Sports Mix.
RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie said: “This commitment from Sky Sports reflects what an exciting time it is for women’s rugby and the ongoing growth of the game.
“This is an excellent opportunity for any fans unable to attend games to get behind the Red Roses as they build towards the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland later this year.”
The Six Nations games add to an exciting line-up of women’s rugby on Sky Sports with live action from all six legs of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, as well as coverage from the Old Mutual Wealth Series in November.
Gus Williamson, head of rugby for Sky Sports, said: “This is great news for Sky Sports viewers and another example of our strong partnership with the RFU across all levels. This deal will give our viewers more action from the Women’s Six Nations than ever before, which adds to a thrilling year of women’s rugby on Sky Sports.”