The 2023 Women’s Six Nations Championship kicks off on March 25 and we are excited to see what this year’s competition will bring with all players now on some sort of professional contract for the first time in history.
Will we see another dramatic win from England, securing another Six Nations’ Grand Slam and a 5th consecutive Six Nations win? Or will a new team emerge to reign this year’s competition?
Each of the six nations will play against each other over the course of a little over a month in a total of 15 matches. Please see dates and timings for the fixtures for Rounds 1 & 2 below accompanied with a little recap on last year’s matches.
The Women’s Six Nations Championship consists of 5 rounds, which are divided into three matches each. The first round of matches will take place 25 – 26 March 2023.
25 March Wales v Ireland (2:15pm)
The Wales v Ireland fixture will mark the start of the Championship. Last year, the newly-professional Wales team won this fixture with a 27-19 victory against Ireland.
Wales went on to finish third in the 2022 Women’s Six Nations finishing behind England and Wales. However, expectations are high for Wales this year as they look to improve their standing in rugby union rankings.
25 March – England v Scotland (4:45pm)
England has traditionally begun their Six Nations campaign with flying colours – which is reflected in the 57-5 scoreline against Scotland in last year’s Championship.
Scotland will be looking to redeem itself after last years finish at the bottom of the table in the Six Nations, but England are arguably as strong as ever so Scotland will do well if it can keep England at bay and within its sight.
26 March – Italy v France (3pm)
March 26, will be the end of Round 1 culminating with Italy playing France at home in Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi where they will need to contend with French supporters.
Last year, France made the perfect start to their campaign when they secured a 39-6 victory over Italy with two late tries, which secured a bonus point. Although Italy dominated possession, France was clinical in their runs. Italy will need to improve on their ability to score tries if they want to beat France.
The second round of matches will take place 1-2 April 2023.
1 April – Ireland v France (3:15pm)
In last year’s Six Nations, France completely overpowered Ireland with a 5-40 victory. Although France did take home the win, Ireland’s outside center, Eve Higgins, created some rugby magic for Ireland crossing under the posts in the 56th minute.
Ireland will have the home advantage with the match being played at Musgrave Park. It will be interesting to see how much Ireland has improved since the last fixture and whether they can contend with a strong French side.
1 April – Scotland v Wales (5:30pm)
During last year’s campaign, Wales continued their winning streak as they snatched another late victory against Scotland with a 24-19 win despite a dominant performance from Scotland in the first half of the match.
Wales demonstrated its ability for a 2nd half comeback with tries from Sioned Harries, Kelsey Jones Ffion Lewis helping them to secure a win and a second successive bonus point victory. It was Wales’ first home Six Nations win since 2019.
This year they will want to take the game to Scotland from the first whistle to avoid chasing back the scoreline.
2 April – England v Italy (3:00pm)
Although prior to this match in 2022 England Head Coach Simon Middleton said that he was wary of an “unpredictable” Italian team that has troubled them in the first half 12 months prior, England had no issues asserting their dominance in every area of the game against Italy with a 74-0 win – by far the biggest win margin of the 2022 Women’s Six Nations.
Italy, which finished 5th in last year’s Six Nations standings, will want to try to match England’s pace and execution and prove that they can contest at the highest level.
For the full schedule of the Six Nations match, check out the Six Nations website here.
On 29 April 2023, the 2023 Women’s Six Nations will be the first time that Twickenham host a stand-alone England Women’s Six Nations fixture as they take on France.
If you are in England and want to be a part of history, make sure you support the Red Roses at Twickenham!
This will be a historic event and one that may very well sell out so get your tickets soon before they are gone.