Men's Six Nations 2023 on the BBC

Presenter and pundits line-up, TV fixtures list and additional programming



Kicking off a huge year for Rugby Union, the 2023 Men’s Six Nations will return to BBC television, radio and online from Saturday 4 February.

Gabby Logan to present coverage on BBC One and BBC iPlayer from 4 February

Rugby Union legends Martin Johnson, Sam Warburton, John Barclay and Tommy Bowe will provide studio insight and analysis

Sonja McLaughlan and Lee McKenzie will be pitch side for every game, while Nigel Owens will provide audiences with a referee’s perspective

Rugby Special with Ugo Monye to return on Sunday 5 February 

Opening game of the tournament (Wales v Ireland) live on BBC One, alongside other mouth-watering ties including Wales v England on February 25

Live commentary from Chris Jones and Sara Orchard of every match on BBC Sounds, BBC Radio 5 Live or 5 Sports Extra

Rugby Union Daily podcast will return from Monday 30 January on BBC Sounds

Extensive coverage available on BBC Sport’s digital channels, including live text commentary for each game

Live coverage of the U20s Championship across BBC digital platforms

Coverage begins on the BBC as Wales face Ireland in the opening game of the tournament, with Gabby Logan presenting live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The BBC will provide rugby fans with live match coverage, comprehensive highlights and the best analysis and discussion from legends of the game throughout the tournament.

The BBC’s Six Nations Squad

Gabby Logan will lead live coverage across TV and BBC iPlayer as the six teams compete for glory.

Gabby will be joined by a host of former Rugby Union stars including Martin Johnson, Sam Warburton, John Barclay and Tommy Bowe. On BBC Sounds, BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Sports Extra, pundits include World Cup winners Matt Dawson, Katy Daley-McLean and Paul Grayson, Lions captain Sam Warburton, Lions stars Tom Shanklin and Denis Hickie, and former Scotland captain John Barclay. The BBC pundits will provide analysis, informed discussion and home nation expertise across TV and radio.

Andrew Cotter will lead on TV commentary throughout the tournament and will be joined by co-commentators Jonathan Davies and Chris Paterson. For radio, commentary will be led by BBC’s Rugby Union Correspondent Chris Jones and Sara Orchard.

For TV and BBC iPlayer, refereeing royalty Nigel Owens will provide an official’s perspective at key points during games and Sonja McLaughlan and Lee McKenzie will be pitch side for every game, bringing viewers the latest developments as they happens on and off the field.

The returning Rugby Special will be hosted by Ugo Monye, with Sara Orchard and Alastair Eykyn’s commentary featuring in the programme and BBC highlights generally.

Live Match Coverage

The BBC will air live coverage of at least one game every round on TV and BBC iPlayer, while BBC Sounds, BBC Radio 5 Live or 5 Sports Extra will provide live commentary of every tie.

The opening game between Wales and Ireland will be live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Saturday  4 February. Other live games on BBC television include Scotland v Wales (11 February) and the mammoth clash between Wales and England (25 February).

Whether you’re watching at home or on the move, BBC Sport online and BBC iPlayer will bring live video streams of BBC Sport’s games and live audio commentary on BBC Sounds so fans can follows the drama anywhere, across any device.

Highlights of every match, as well as in-play video clips of BBC matches, will also be available via the BBC Sport website and app.


As well as providing audiences with extensive live coverage, highlights, reaction and news, BBC Sport’s digital services will be home to an array of ways to engage with the upcoming Six Nations.

Highlights of every match, as well as in-play video clips of BBC matches, will be available via the BBC Sport website and app. The BBC live pages will also cover match days with live text commentaries, video clips, stats and social media content.

The BBC Sport website will also be home to a weekly column from World Cup winner, Matt Dawson, who will offer his regular take on tournament events.

On social media, BBC Sport accounts will provide all the latest breaking news stories and best clips from the tournament. Follow BBC Sport on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok to get your rugby union fix.

BBC Sport also has live coverage on its digital platforms of every single game of the Under-20 Six Nations and will broadcast every game of the Women's Six Nations alongside BBC TV when it begins on 25 March.

Additional Programming

Rugby Union highlights programme, Rugby Special with Ugo Monye will return on 5 February. Airing every Sunday during each Six Nations round, Ugo will introduce highlights from every game of the tournament.

The popular Rugby Union Daily podcast will return from Monday 30 January, with daily editions running every match-week. With Ugo Monye, Danny Care, Sonja McLaughlin and more at the helm, fans can expect big name interviews, alongside the latest Rugby news and analysis.

Throughout the tournament, the BBC Sports News team will provide match reports, while covering the latest stories and developments. Reports will feed into BBC One News, BBC Breakfast and the BBC News Channel.

Ahead of every round, BBC Sports News will also preview the weekend’s action in their Friday Sportsday programme (18:30 on the BBC News Channel).

BBC Wales

Live commentary of all of Wales’ matches during the Six Nations will be on both BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, as well as live coverage of Wales’ games against Ireland, Scotland and England on BBC One Wales.

On BBC Radio Wales, for each tournament weekend Carol Vorderman’s Saturday show will feature all the fun of the fans’ build-up while rugby legend Scott Quinnell will be reflecting on the action on his Sunday morning programme. During the week Wynne Evans will be inviting fans to take part in his Six Nations Wallchart game.

On BBC Sounds, The Scrum V podcast - hosted by Gareth Rhys Owen and Lauren Jenkins with Nicky Robinson - will have all the Six Nations news and views.

On BBC One Wales, Gabby Logan and Gareth Thomas return with the fifth series of Six Nations Sin Bin, aimed to enthuse, excite and build up the hype ahead of each Six Nations weekend.

Throughout the tournament, Scrum V will present their Six Nations specials on BBC Two Wales on after each game on Sunday evenings. Presented by Catrin Heledd, guests include guests including Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts and the programmes will feature highlights and analysis of all the weekend’s action.

Viewers can follow all the latest news from the Wales camp via the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app by choosing ‘Welsh rugby’.

BBC Northern Ireland

BBC Sport Northern Ireland will have live commentary of all of Ireland’s games in the Six Nations on BBC Sounds. Gavin Andrews will introduce the coverage via BBC Radio Ulster starting with the first round of matches on Saturday 4 February as Ireland take on Wales at the Principality Stadium. Jim Neilly will be on commentary alongside ex-Ireland fly-half Tony Ward with Eddie O’Sullivan, Claire McLaughlin, David Humphreys and Chris Henry providing analysis over the course of this year’s Championship.

BBC Scotland

All Scotland games will be live on BBC Radio Scotland Extra on BBC Sounds, on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW.

04 Feb Wales v Ireland
BBC One & iPlayer

11 Feb Scotland v Wales
BBC One & iPlayer

25 Feb Wales v England
BBC One & iPlayer

12 Mar Scotland v Ireland
BBC One & iPlayer

18 Mar Scotland v Italy
BBC One & iPlayer

Source BBC One

January 20, 2023 4:00am ET by BBC One  


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