Six Nations 2019: Why is Ireland vs England on ITV and not BBC? | Rugby | Sport


Six Nations coverage will be split between BBC and ITV this year once again.

France vs Wales was shown on BBC last night while Scotland vs Italy earlier today was also on the commercial-free channel.

However, ITV’s first live coverage of the 2019 Six Nations is Ireland’s home match against England.

That is due to a six-year agreement the BBC and ITV made in 2015 to share the coverage until 2021.

The agreement means BBC will air live coverage of all Scotland, Wales and France home matches.

And ITV have the rights to show all England, Ireland and Italy home matches.

It means the BBC will only show one of England’s games in the Six Nations this year – their away trip to Wales on Saturday February 23.

But the BBC will show three of Ireland’s five games in this year’s tournament as opposed to ITV showing two.

There was some concern back in 2015 that the terrestrial channels may lose the rights with Sky Sports invited to bid for the first time.

But Sky were only interested in an exclusive deal with a highlights package being shown on terrestrial television.

It remains to be seen whether Sky will return with a bid to take over the coverage after the current agreement comes to an end in 2021.

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