When does the Six Nations start 2022? Dates of 6 nation rugby union championship fixtures and kick off times

Rugby’s Greatest Championship gets back underway soon as England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy gear up for the annual event

The 2022 Six Nations Championship will kick off February as the six top rugby union nations from the northern hemisphere get set to go head-to-head once again.

Wales will be looking to retain the trophy they won in 2021 but France’s impressive crop of current talents may have something to say about that.

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England and Ireland come into the competition on the back of strong Autumn Nations series wins while Scotland will also expected to make waves.

As for Italy, the perennial underdogs are looking to win a match at the tournament for the first time since 2015 after years of miserable defeats.

Excitement and buzz for the tournament has increased even more for many England fans today (Tuesday 18 January 2022) as Eddie Jones announced his squad with Owen Farrell returning to his role as captain.

Farrell has now played 100 Tests for England but has not played any rugby since suffering an ankle injury during England’s Autumn nations match against Australia in November.

Here’s every fixtures at this year’s championship, the dates and kick off times as well as the pre-tournament betting odds.

When does Six Nations 2022 start?

cotland's wing Duhan van der Merwe (L) is tackled by Ireland's centre Robbie Henshaw (R) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on March 14, 2021

The 2022 Six Nations Championship kicks off on Saturday, February 5 with Ireland and Wales opening the competition in Dublin.

The Calcutta Cup will be up for grabs following that match as Scotland host England at Murrayfield before Italy travel to face Paris on Sunday, February 6 to close out the opening weekend.

Week two opens with Wales hosting Scotland in Cardiff before Ireland make the trip to France and Italy host England.

Following a one week break, the tournament returns with Scotland taking on France in Edinburgh ahead of the always brilliant clash between England and Wales which will be a Twickenham this year.

Ireland host Italy in the last game of week three.

Wales v France is the highlight of week four as Italy face Scotland before England welcome Ireland to London.

The tournament concludes with “Super Saturday” on March 19 with Wales v Italy, Ireland v Scotland and France v England.

Six Nations 2022 full fixtures list

Here is the fixture list for the 2022 Six Nations Championship in full:

Week One

  • Ireland v Wales - Saturday, Feb 5 (2:15pm)
  • Scotland v England - Saturday, Feb 5 (4:45pm)
  • France v Italy - Sunday, Feb 6 (3pm)

Week Two

  • Wales v Scotland - Saturday, Feb 12 (2:15pm)
  • France v Ireland - Saturday, Feb 12 (4:45pm)
  • Italy v England - Sunday, Feb 13 (3pm)

Week Three

  • Scotland v France - Saturday, Feb 26 (2:15pm)
  • England v Wales - Saturday, Feb 26 (4:45pm)
  • Ireland v Italy - Sunday, Feb 27 (3pm)

Week Four

  • Wales v France - Friday, Mar 11 (8pm)
  • Italy v Scotland - Saturday, Mar 12 (2:15pm)
  • England v Ireland - Saturday, Mar 12 (4:45pm)

Week Five

  • Wales v Italy - Saturday, Mar 19 (2:15pm)
  • Ireland v Scotland - Saturday, Mar 19 (4:45pm)
  • France v Englnd - Saturday, Mar 19 (8pm)

Latest Six Nations 2022 betting odds

France are the favourites to win the 2022 Six Nations while England, who they will face in the final match of the tournament, are closely behind them in the betting.

France will be the main challenger for Wales according to the bookies at the 2022 Six Nations tournament

Ireland are hot on the tails of the pair while Wales and Scotland are some way back and Italy sit bottom of the list with astronomically long odds.

The pre-tournament odds (via Betfair) are:

  • France - 6/4
  • England - 11/4
  • Ireland - 3/1
  • Wales - 7/1
  • Scotland -12/1
  • Italy - 500/1

The bookies don’t fancy there to be a Grand Slam winner this year, with odds of 4/6 on suggesting they think it most likely that no team will win all five of their matches.

However, France are also the most favoured to do so and can be backed at 3/1.

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