The Guinness Men’s Six Nations 2024 looks set to be a fine showcase of how the best of the Northern Hemisphere are shaping up ahead of a bumper 2024. Here, we have all the team previews ahead of the Championship.
Six Nations 2024 Preview
Click below for each team:
🏴 England 🏴
🇫🇷 France 🇫🇷
☘️ Ireland ☘️
🇮🇹 Italy 🇮🇹
🏴 Scotland 🏴
🏴 Wales 🏴
The wait is over. The 2024 Six Nations begins this weekend, with the crème de la crème of Northern Hemisphere Rugby Union meeting across five matchdays in February and March.
Reigning champions and Grand Slam holders Ireland kick-off their quest for back-to-back Guinness Six Nations titles with a titanic clash against co-favourites France in Marseille. Ireland haven’t won consecutive Championships since 2015 and the current bookmaker odds place them just behind France as favourites for the crown this year.
As has so often been the case before, last year saw Ireland’s heroics in spring precede a decline in autumn. Once again, head coach Andy Farrell must pick his Irish boys up ahead of the 2024 Six Nations, and they’ll be without the retired Johnny Sexton.
France’s improvement over the last four years has been impressive. After eight straight years of finishing third or lower, including an infamous wooden spoon in 2013, France have finished at least runners-up in every Six Nations campaign this decade, losing just four out of 20 Championship games since appointing Fabien Galthié as head coach (W16). They will be without star scrum-half Antoine Dupont though, who has elected to chase Olympic glory instead this year.
Since Italy joined the Six Nations back in 2000, they have been the unwilling recipients of the wooden spoon on 18 occasions, including in each of the last eight editions. They host England in Rome on Saturday to kick-off their campaign.
After more disappointment in Six Nations rugby in 2023, it looked like England head coach Steve Borthwick’s reign could be over before it started if a disappointing World Cup followed. Although naysayers will suggest they had an easy run of fixtures, England did still deliver an impressive Rugby World Cup campaign in France. Their tournament preparations have been hit by an injury blow to fly-half Marcus Smith.
Inconsistency has plagued Welsh rugby in recent Six Nations campaigns, with two titles punctuated by three fifth-place finishes across the last five editions of the Championship. Warren Gatland’s young charges open up their campaign against Scotland in Cardiff.
Last year saw Scotland win three matches in a single Six Nations campaign for the fifth time in seven years, a tally that is now par for the course for this Scottish side, but was once a rare occurrence, having managed it only one time in their initial 17 campaigns (2006).
Below, you can find all the fixtures for this year’s Championship, while at the top of this page we have data-led previews for each team ahead of the tournament start on Saturday.
Six Nations 2024 Fixtures
Round One: 2-3 February
France v Ireland (Orange Velodrome, Marseille)
Italy v England (Stadio Olimpico, Rome)
Wales v Scotland (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)
Round Two: 10-11 February
Scotland v France (Scottish Gas Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh)
England v Wales (Twickenham Stadium, London)
Ireland v Italy (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)
Round Three: 24-25 February
Ireland v Wales (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)
Scotland v England (Scottish Gas Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh)
France v Italy (Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)
Round Four: 9-10 March
Italy v Scotland (Stadio Olimpico, Rome)
England v Ireland (Twickenham Stadium, London)
Wales v France (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)
Round Five: 16 March
Wales v Italy (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)
Ireland v Scotland (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)
France v England (Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon)