Sky Sports will show all five of the Red Roses’ matches in the Six Nations tournament, as they take on rivals France, Wales, Italy, Scotland and Ireland.
Four of the five games will be shown live on Sky, with additional delayed coverage of the England v Scotland contest. The new deal, which will be the first time that every England game will be broadcast in the series, furthers Sky Sports’ portfolio of women’s sport in 2017 focusing on partnerships, people, programming and participation.
The Six Nations games add to an exciting line-up of women’s rugby on Sky Sports. Viewers will be able to enjoy live action from all six legs of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, as well as world class rugby from the Old Mutual Wealth Series in November.
“This commitment from Sky Sports reflects what an exciting time it is for women’s rugby and the ongoing growth of the game,” said RFU Chief Executive, Ian Ritchie.
“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.”
Fans will be able to follow the Red Roses’ journey throughout February and March, beginning with their first game against reigning champions France, on 4 February, at Twickenham. England will be looking for a big win over the French team after narrowly missing out on the trophy and a Grand Slam to them last year.
“This is great news for Sky Sports viewers and another example of our strong partnership with the RFU across all levels,” said Gus Williamson, Head of Rugby for Sky Sports.
“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.”
Top-class women’s rugby is part of an unrivalled schedule of women’s sport on Sky Sports. Viewers will see the best of UK netball with live coverage of all of England’s international games, Quad Series and the Vitality Netball Superleague.
Sky will also be the home of the Women’s Cricket World Cup this summer and live women’s golf from the LPGA tour with all five majors for the first time including the British Open in July. Customers can also catch up with rugby news and full analysis of women’s sport each week on the UK’s only dedicated women’s sports show, Sportswomen.
Women’s Six Nations
Saturday 4 February
19:35: England v France – Twickenham (Sky Sports Mix)
Saturday 11 February
11:30: Wales v England– Cardiff Arms Park (Sky Sports 3)
Saturday 25 February
13:00: England v Italy – The Twickenham Stoop (Sky Sports 2)
Saturday 11 March
20:00: England v Scotland – The Twickenham Stoop (Sky Sports 2, delayed coverage, KO 13:00)
Friday 17 March
20:00: Ireland v England – Donnybrook, Dublin (Sky Sports Mix)