The Six Nations coverage for the 2016 Championship marks the start of a six-year deal between ITV and the BBC that will see matches shared between both broadcasters on television and online.
While some traditional viewers appear frustrated or confused by the arrangement, it is testament to both broadcasters that they were able to form a workable solution that stopped the historic tournament disappearing behind a pay wall.
ITV’s team will consist of Mark Pougatch on presenting duties with many of their Rugby World Cup team returning. Nick Mullins and Martin Gillingham will be on commentary with Shane Williams, Gordon D’Arcy, Ben Kay, Scott Hastings and David Flatman in the co-comms seats.
Alongside Pougatch, Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Jason Robinson and Sir Clive Woodward will provide studio analysis with additional input from Brian O’Driscoll, Gareth Thomas, Sir Ian McGeechan, Maggie Alphonsi, Ugo Monye and Marco Bortolami.
Jill Douglas will also work as an ITV presenter throughout the tournament while Martin Bayfield is to combine presenting duties with his role as England reporter.
The BBC’s experienced team will be led by John Inverdale with Gabby Logan and Jason Mohammad, with expert analysis from an experienced line-up of pundits including Jeremy Guscott, Jonathan Davies, Mike Tindall, Martyn Williams, Andy Nicol, Keith Wood, Brian Moore, Ali Williams, Chris Paterson, Lewis Moody, Thomas Castaignede and Carlo Del Fava. The commentary team will be led by Eddie Butler, Andrew Cotter and Alastair Eykyn. Sonja McLaughlin and Lee McKenzie will be reporting from pitch-side to give viewers the very latest news on the action as it unfolds.
BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra will see Ian Robertson, Chris Jones, Sara Orchard, Iain Carter, Andrew Cotter and Conor McNamara on commentary duties. Expert analysis will be provided by Matt Dawson, Gavin Hastings, Ryan Jones, Rob Jones, Paul Grayson and Denis Hickie.
The schedule of games for both broadcasters is as follows:
|Saturday 6 February||14.25||France v Italy||Stade de France||BBC One|
|Saturday 6 February||16.50||Scotland v England||Murrayfield||BBC One|
|Sunday 7 February||15.00||Ireland v Wales||Aviva Stadium||ITV|
|Saturday 13 February||14.25||France v Ireland||Stade de France||BBC One|
|Saturday 13 February||16.50||Wales v Scotland||Principality Stadium||BBC One|
|Sunday 14 February||14.00||Italy v England||Stadio Olimpico||ITV|
|Friday 26 February||20.05||Wales v France||Principality Stadium||BBC One|
|Saturday 27 February||14.25||Italy v Scotland||Stadio Olimpico||ITV|
|Saturday 27 February||16.50||England v Ireland||Twickenham||ITV|
|Saturday 12 March||13.30||Ireland v Italy||Aviva Stadium||ITV|
|Saturday 12 March||16.00||England v Wales||Twickenham||ITV|
|Sunday 13 March||15.00||Scotland v France||Murrayfield||BBC One|
|Saturday 19 March||14.30||Wales v Italy||Principality Stadium||BBC One|
|Saturday 19 March||17.00||Ireland v Scotland||Aviva Stadium||ITV|
|Saturday 19 March||20.00||France v England||Stade de France||BBC One|