England face Scotland at Twickenham in their 2023 Six Nations opener as Eddie Jones’s side gear up for huge World Cup year… with Wales and Ireland kicking off the tournament on February 4
- England will once again face Scotland in their opening game of the Six Nations
- However, this time the game will take place in Twickenham and not in Edinburgh
- As it stands, England has won just two games in each of the last two Six Nations
- Eddie Jones will be looking to change their fortune ahead of the 2023 World Cup
- Meanwhile, Wales will play against Ireland to start the tournament on February 4
England will face Scotland in their opening game of the Six Nations for the third straight year after the fixtures for the 2023 Championship were confirmed.
Eddie Jones’ side has won just two games in each of the last two Six Nations and were beaten by Scotland, Ireland and France in 2022 as they finished an underwhelming third.
Jones is under significant pressure to prove his England project is on course to succeed at the 2023 World Cup in France after he received unanimous support from his Rugby Football Union bosses.
England will once again face Scotland in their opening game of the Six Nations but this time the fixture will take place in Twickenham and not in Edinburgh
England’s 2023 Six Nations schedule is very similar to that of this year. They begin against Scotland – this time at Twickenham and not in Edinburgh – before meetings with Italy and then Wales in round three.
The Azzurri will travel to Twickenham in round two before England visit Cardiff’s Principality Stadium for what is always a huge encounter.
England will finish off their 2023 Six Nations by hosting defending Grand Slam champions France and then meeting Ireland in Dublin.
Eddie Jones’ England side has won just two games in each of the last two Six Nations
GUINNESS SIX NATIONS FIXTURES 2023
- Wales vs Ireland (Saturday, February 4. Kick-off: 2.15pm)
- England vs Scotland (Saturday, February 4. Kick-off: 4.45pm)
- Italy vs France (Sunday, February 5. Kick-off: 3pm)
- Ireland vs France (Saturday, February 11. Kick-off: 2.15pm)
- Scotland vs Wales (Saturday, February 11. Kick-off: 4.45pm)
- England vs Italy (Sunday, February 12. Kick-off: 3pm)
- Italy vs Ireland (Saturday, February 25. Kick-off: 2.15pm)
- Wales vs England (Saturday, February 25. Kick-off: 4.45pm)
- France vs Scotland (Sunday, February 26. Kick-off: 3pm)
- Italy vs Wales (Saturday, March 11. Kick-off: 2.15pm)
- England vs France (Saturday, March 11. Kick-off: 4.45pm)
- Scotland vs Ireland (Sunday, March 12. Kick-off: 3pm)
- Scotland vs Italy (Saturday, March 18. Kick-off: 12.30pm)
- France vs Wales (Saturday, March 18. Kick-off: 2.45pm)
- Ireland vs England (Saturday, March 18. Kick-off: 5pm)
The Ireland game is likely to be Jones’ last Six Nations clash as England boss as he is set to leave his RFU role after the French World Cup.
The 2023 Six Nations will be a vital Championship for all six teams ahead of the global showpiece taking place later that year.
Six Nations chief executive Ben Morel said: ‘The 2022 Championship ended in one of the most exciting Super Saturdays in history with an incredible performance by Italy, a Triple Crown win for Ireland, and a long-awaited Grand Slam for France.
‘Once again, fans had to wait until the final game was played to know who this year’s champions would be and the rugby action did not disappoint.
‘The combination of incredible broadcast coverage of the Championship and the eagerly anticipated return of fans at games meant this year’s Guinness Six Nations felt truly special.
‘As we look ahead to the 2023 Guinness Six Nations, there are so many storylines that will play out across the five rounds of fixtures. This is a huge part of what makes the Championship so unique and what continues to captivate the imagination of audiences and fans around the world.’
There will be no Friday night fixtures in the 2023 Six Nations with those slots unpopular with both fans and participating teams.
Wales – champions in 2021 – finished fifth this year and their four defeats included a first home reversal at the hands of traditional whipping boys Italy.
Their head coach Wayne Pivac – like Jones – is also under severe pressure going into three summer Tests with world champions South Africa.
Wales will host Ireland in round one in 2023. France will travel to Italy for their first game after sweeping all before them this year.
‘We are always looking for the best possible preparation time for our Wales coaches and players when Six Nations fixtures are drawn up which means avoiding a six-day turnaround if possible,’ said Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Steve Phillips.
Meanwhile, Wales are set to face Ireland to kick off the tournament on February 4
England will finish off their campaign by hosting France and then meeting Ireland in Dublin
‘Of course, our respective colleagues in the Six Nations are all also looking for the same thing meaning compromises must be made, so we are delighted to have finished up with Saturday afternoon kick-off times in all five rounds.
‘This is also great news for our loyal and passionate supporters who will not only follow us to France, Scotland and Italy, but also pack out Principality Stadium for our two huge home matches against Ireland and England.
‘In a year when Wales will face every side above us in the world rankings, all of these matches form a vital part of our Rugby World Cup preparations.
‘In international rugby you always want to test yourselves against the best teams and we will certainly be doing that in the year ahead with the 2023 Guinness Six Nations Championship presenting an extremely challenging and exciting prospect for us all.’