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THE 2022 Under-20 Six Nations Championship returns to its normal window and will be played between 4th February and 20th March 2022, following the same weekends as the Senior Men's Championship.
Matches will be broadcast in Six Nations territories either on TV, broadcaster streaming platforms or via Six Nations digital channels. All matches will be available in the UK on BBC iPlayer and Ireland on RTE and Virgin Media, while Sky Italia will broadcast the matches of Italy Under 20s. Broadcast details are available under the table below. It is the first time that broadcasters in Ireland will show the Championship in its entirety.
The Championship kicks off at 8pm on Friday 4th February with Ireland v Wales at Musgrave Park in Cork. 2021 Grand Slam Champions England start their campaign at the DAM Health Stadium in Edinburgh and France host Italy at the Stade Guy Boniface in Mont de Marsan.
Round 2 takes place on 11th February with Wales v Scotland, while France host Scotland and England travel to Italy.
Friday 25th February sees France, Wales and Italy travel to Scotland, England and Ireland respectively.
In Round 4, Wales host France on Thursday 10th March at 8pm while Italy host Scotland on Friday 11th and England host Ireland.
The 2022 edition will come to an exciting conclusion on 20th March with a 'Super Sunday' of matches with England v Italy, Ireland v France and Scotland v Wales.
Commenting on the announcement, Six Nations CEO, Ben Morel said: "The Under 20s Six Nations Championship is an exciting competition that showcases the next generation of young talent. It is an important milestone for all young players striving to represent their country at senior level in future. The development of age grade rugby is a key part of our strategy and we would like to thank our broadcast partners for the increased exposure they will be giving the Championship and its rising stars, bringing young players to the homes of sports fans around all the home nations.
We look forward to some great rugby."
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THE 2022 Women's Six Nations matches will be played in a six-week window in late March and April, breaking the traditional link to the men's calendar.
Fans are set to enjoy a greatly enhanced experience in 2022 thanks to a massive increase in coverage on broadcast networks in the UK, Ireland and Italy and a confirmed stand-alone slot in the calendar.
2022 will see all 15 matches broadcast on BBC in the UK, RTÉ and Virgin Media in Ireland and Sky Italia for the Italian market. Details for France will be communicated in due course.
Matches will be shown on a mix of terrestrial and Player services with broadcasters across territories significantly increasing their commitment to the women's game.
Changes to the Women's Six Nations window in 2021 proved a major success with high viewing figures and increased digital engagement indicating confirming that a new slot in the calendar can play a significant role in driving the growth of the women's game.
Scotland will open the Championship against 2021 Champions England at DAM Health Stadium on 26th March, while Ireland will take on Wales at the RDS on the same day. France will face Italy at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble on Sunday 27th.
Round Two will take place on 2nd and 3rd April with Wales hosting Scotland at the Cardiff Arms Park while Ireland will travel to France on Saturday 2nd April. Meanwhile England will travel to Italy for their game on Sunday 3rd April.
The third round will see England host Wales on Saturday 9th April with the other 2 matches taking place on Sunday 10th April when Scotland will host France and Italy will travel to Cork.
After a break weekend, Round 4 will start on Friday 22nd April in Cardiff with Wales v France. Italy v Scotland will be on Saturday 23rd and England will host Ireland on Sunday 24th April.
The Championship will end with a Super Saturday with Wales v Italy, Ireland v Scotland and France v England taking place on the same day.
Six Nations CEO Ben Morel commented: "Increased visibility is key for the growth of the Women's game. We are delighted to have enhanced broadcast partnerships in place along with a continuation of the dedicated window from which we saw such success last year. These two key developments along with continued investment in many other areas including performance, commercial and marketing will enhance the Women's Six Nations for fans and players alike."
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