The BBC has unveiled a line up of rugby legends for the 2023 Six Nations, which starts today with Wales v Ireland.
Gabby Logan - husband of former Scotland winger Kenny Logan - will once again present the coverage, which will be available on BBC One and iPlayer. This will be the first Six Nations tournament since the death of legendary player and commentator Eddie Butler in October last year. Butler - known as the Voice of Rugby - was one of the BBC’s regular commentators for the Championship.
The BBC is showing five six nations game - one per round - including the opener and Scotland vs Italy in the final round of the competation. The rest of the fixtures, such as the Calcutta Cup on the opening weekend of England against Scotland, are being televised by ITV, with pundits such as Jonny Wilkinson and Brian O’Driscoll.
BBC will be showing Scotland vs Italy on Saturday (18 March). Highlights of every match, as well as in-play video clips of BBC matches, will be available on the BBC Sport website and app. But who will be joining Gabby as pundits and commentators for the BBC? Here is everything you need to know.
Scotland vs Italy
For the final Six Nations game on BBC, Gabby Logan is joined by former World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson, Scotland legend John Barclay and Italian international Jake Polledri - who was born in England but represents Italy at international level.
Gabby Logan will be joined for the BBC’s televised coverage by a host of former rugby stars including Martin Johnson, Sam Warburton, John Barclay and Tommy Bowe. The four former internationals will be pre-game, half time and full time pundits on BBC One. Johnson was England’s World Cup winning skipper in 2003, the only time a Six Nations country has won the rugby union world cup.
While former flanker Sam Warburton captained Wales to two Six Nations titles, and was undefeated as British and Irish Lions captain on tours of Australia and New Zealand. Ex-Scottish captain John Barclay played 79 times for his country, and winger Tommy Bowe won two Six Nations titles with Ireland.
Andrew Cotter will lead the TV commentary throughout the tournament and will be joined by co-commentators such as ex-Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies and Scottish winger Chris Paterson. While refereeing legend Nigel Owens - who was acclaimed for his jokes and chat on the field - will provide an official’s perspective on the action.
Sonja McLaughlan and Lee McKenzie will be pitch side, while Lions legend Ugo Monye, along with Sara Orchard and Alastair Eykyn, will present highlights on Rugby Special.
On BBC Sounds, BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Sports Extra, pundits will include World Cup winners Matt Dawson, Katy Daley-McLean and Paul Grayson. Lions stars Tom Shanklin and Denis Hickie will be part of the BBC radio team, while Warbuton and Barclay will also move from the TV onto the wireless.
Radio commentary will be led by the BBC’s rugby union correspondent Chris Jones and Sara Orchard. Ugo Monye and Danny Care will join Chris Jones for the popular Rugby Union Daily podcast, with daily editions running over every Six Nations match-week.
On BBC Radio Wales, Carol Vorderman’s Saturday show will feature all the fun of the fans’ build-up on match day, while rugby legend Scott Quinnell will be reflecting on the action on his Sunday morning programme.