(Round 1 )Rugby Six Nations live England vs Scotland stream: how to watch
Rugby will return to our screens this weekend as the Six Nations kicks off on Saturday (February 6).England will be facing rivals Scotland in their first match tomorrow afternoon, but there will be no crowd to watch it live in the stadium as due to the ongoing lockdown no one will be allowed to watch the game in person.
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While Scotland hasn’t won away against England since 1983, the home side has had a number of setbacks in the run-up to this year’s Six Nations, despite Eddie Jones’ side winning the Autumn Nations Cup with a spotless record in December last year.
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But England will be missing one of its key players, flanker Sam Underhill, who is currently out with a hip injury and is likely to miss most, if not all, of this year’s tournament.
The squad has also lost prop Joe Marler who pulled out after not wanting to isolate away from his family for the matches and Wasps lock Joe Launchberry, who is out with a broken leg.
Scotland meanwhile is fielding a relatively new team, with three previously uncapped players making the side’s tournament squad.
Rugby’s Greatest Championship, they like to call it, and the 2021 Six Nations may also be about to give us the severest example yet of the demoralising effect of empty stadiums due to the pandemic.
Maybe fans of the Premier League and Champions League would disagree, but with the Ryder Cup, the Olympics, the Euros and Wimbledon among the events postponed, our annual gathering of the rugby clans, which relies so much on the noise and colour of home and away supporters, is the biggest test to date of the theory that sport in a public vacuum can be a credible spectacle.
Reminders of all that is brilliant about the Six Nations came in a recent ITV retrospective of Wales’s Grand Slam in 2019.
Unless you have been in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium when the Welsh are pummelling England, you have never quite lived the full, deafening, eyes-widening Six Nations experience.
And Josh Adams, the Wales wing, has become a poignant motif, going from try-scoring hero against the English two years ago, and on through a chart-topping seven tries at the 2019 World Cup, to tabloid “Covidiot” this week as he was dropped from the first two rounds of the Six Nations as punishment for breaking his team’s protocols.
Elsewhere, Joe Marler of England and the Italy full-back Matteo Minozzi – the latter scored two of his team’s meagre total of 10 tries in the whole of 2020 – have decided eight weeks mostly away from their families are not for them.
What time is England vs Scotland rugby kick-off?
Playing at an empty Twickenham stadium in London, the two sides will kick off at 4.45pm on Saturday, February 6.
What channel is England vs Scotland rugby on this weekend?
The match will be hosted on ITV this year.
ITV’s build-up coverage will begin 30 minutes before kick-off at 4.15pm.
ITV will also be streaming the match on ITV Hub.
2021 Six Nations fixtures and TV channel
- Italy vs France, 2.15pm on 6 February – ITV
- England vs Scotland, 4.45pm on 6 February – ITV
- Wales vs Ireland, 3pm on 7 February – BBC and S4C
- England vs Italy, 2.15pm on 13 February – ITV
- Scotland vs Wales, 4.45pm on 13 February – BBC and S4C
- Ireland vs France, 3pm on 14 February – ITV
- Italy vs Ireland, 2.15pm on 27 February – ITV
- Wales vs England, 4.45pm on 27 February – BBC and S4C
- France vs Scotland, 3pm on 28 February – BBC
- Italy vs Wales, 2.15pm on 13 March – ITV and S4C
- England vs France, 4.45pm on 13 March – ITV
- Scotland vs Ireland, 3pm on 14 March – BBC
- Scotland vs Italy, 2.15pm on 20 March – BBC
- Ireland vs England, 4.45pm on 20 March – ITV
- France vs Wales, 8pm on 20 March – BBC and S4C
The 2020 Six Nations was completed in these altered circumstances, with a seven-month interruption before England won in Italy in October and took the title on points difference ahead of France, but this is the first time the whole event is at stake, and at risk.
With England and France having also finished first and second in the lesser Autumn Nations Cup, the majority of predictions, this one included, will point to their round-four meeting at Twickenham in March as deciding the title.
And here we can return to revelling in rugby, and the resurgence of the French, epitomised in the outstanding scrum-half Antoine Dupont (even though his mistaken kick out of play that gave England an ultimately crucial bonus point 12 months ago haunts him still) and Fabien Galthié, the head coach with the thick-rimmed spectacles that might become a staple on the Paris catwalk if Les Bleus keep winning up to and including the World Cup they are staging on home soil in 2023.
“These are plastic sports glasses that allow you to run and to fall,” Galthié has explained. “I can play squash, golf with them and I can run with the ball in training, but my mum doesn’t like them.”
An injury to fly-half Romain Ntamack has ushered in the exciting Matthieu Jalibert, but maybe the most impressive character not yet fully resonating with a British audience is Charles Ollivon, the captain and workaholic flanker.
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On France finishing second to England twice in 2020, Galthié said: “Frustration is an unpleasant emotion, but it’s a fleeting one, you have to learn to chase it away and that’s been the case for our team. We are here to rise to challenges.”
England’s Eddie Jones, who is chasing a fourth Six Nations in six years, has a team still based on a core of Saracens players, despite their unusual existence of no club fixtures to prove their form, and with injuries to Mako Vunipola, Jack Nowell, Sam Underhill and Joe Launchbury, the likes of Ellis Genge and Jonny Hill can cement places in the hearts and minds of England supporters confined to their sofas.
Jones says “everyone loves France right now”, while counterpart Galthié says his English defence coach Shaun Edwards has helped make the French team “aggressive and confident”.