What's Next For England Rugby? (2020 Six Nations)

We take a look at what is next for the England rugby team as they prepare for next years Six Nations.

Starting on the 1st of February and running till the 14th of March 2020, fans still on a high from the 2019 Tokyo Rugby World Cup are eager for the 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championships. As the 126th edition of the competition fast approaches, England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Wales are preparing for the next big tournament in the world of rugby.

England players belt out the national anthem

What Is The Six Nations?

The Six Nations is a tournament that celebrates Europe's highest-ranking teams, by putting them head to head to determine one champion. Winners of last year's competition, Wales beat the defending champions, Ireland, to earn their first Grand Slam since 2012, and their first championship since 2013.

Initially known as the Home Nations Championship until 1909, then with the addition of France the Five Nations Championship until 1931, the tournament was coined The Six Nations in 2000 with the inclusion of Italy. Though Wales and England hold the records for overall wins and outright wins (39 victories to 28), the talent of each team makes the Six Nations a nail-biting championship. Since it began in 1883, audiences have been on the edge of their seats.

Where Will The Tournament Be Held?

With a capacity of 82,000, England's Twickenham Stadium will play host to the biggest crowd, followed shortly by France's Stade de France. Located in Dublin, Ireland's home stadium is the Aviva Stadium with a 51,700 capacity, and Italy's is Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Taking a trip up north, Scotland's Murrayfield Stadium is located in Edinburgh and can house just under 70,000 fans. Finally, Wales's home stadium is the Millenium Stadium, where they won the tournament last year, located in Cardiff.

Wales players celebrating winning the 2019 Six Nations

What Are The 2020 Six Nations Fixtures?

ROUND ONE

01/02/2020: Wales VS Italy (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)

01/02/2020: Ireland VS Scotland (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)

02/02/2020: France VS England (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)

ROUND TWO

08/02/2020: Ireland VS Wales (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)

08/02/2020: Scotland VS England (Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh)

09/02/2020: France VS Italy (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)

ROUND THREE

22/02/2020: Italy VS Scotland (Stadio Olimpico, Rome)

22/02/2020: Wales VS France (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)

23/02/2020: England VS France (Twickenham Stadium, London)

ROUND FOUR

07/03/2020: Ireland VS Italy (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)

07/03/2020: England VS Wales (Twickenham Stadium, London)

08/03/2020: Scotland VS France (Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh)

ROUND FIVE

14/03/2020: Wales VS Scotland (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)

14/03/2020: Italy VS England (Stadio Olimpico, Rome)

14/03/2020: France VS Ireland (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)

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