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Scotland’s home Women’s Six Nations matches to be shown on BBC ALBA

Scotland’s home Women’s Six Nations matches to be shown on BBC ALBA

The 2019 Women’s Six Nations will be part of a ground-breaking deal between Scottish Rugby and BBC ALBA to televise an unprecedented number of women’s rugby matches over the next year.

The 2019 Women’s Six Nations will be part of a ground-breaking deal between Scottish Rugby and BBC ALBA to televise an unprecedented number of women’s rugby matches over the next year.

All three of Scotland Women’s home matches in the Championship – against Italy on February 1, Ireland on February 8 and Wales on March 8 – will be shown live on the channel.

The first match to be shown under the new deal will be Scotland hosting Canada at Scotstoun on Tuesday 27 November as part of the Autumn International series. That game will be available live across the UK on the channel and via the BBC iPlayer.

The clash with Canada will be Shade Munro’s side’s penultimate test before the 2019 Championship gets underway, where they will be eager to better the fifth-place finish achieved in this year’s edition.


The deal also includes BBC ALBA showing coverage of the final of Scotland’s leading domestic competition, the Sarah Beaney Cup, and chief operating officer at Scottish Rugby, Dominic McKay, is excited by the deal.

“We are working hard to ensure women’s rugby has the strongest possible platform to help develop players and broaden the appeal of the game and this partnership with BBC ALBA is an exciting addition to that,” he explained.

“We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with BBC ALBA through its coverage of the Premiership and PRO14 and so we are very excited to work with them to broadcast women’s rugby in Scotland.”

And Sport Minister Joe FitzPatrick corroborated the sentiment that the deal will be influential in growing women’s rugby in the country.

“This partnership is a key step in celebrating and raising awareness of women’s rugby in Scotland,” he said.

“Not only will elite female fixtures be broadcast, including the Women’s Six Nations, but the grassroots game will gain exposure with people able to view the final of the key domestic competition, the Sarah Beaney Cup.”