2017 Six Nations Championship
|2017 Six Nations Championship|
|Date||4 February – 18 March 2017|
|Official website||Six Nations Website|
The 2017 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2017 RBS 6 Nations because of the tournament's sponsorship by The Royal Bank of Scotland, will be the 18th series of the Six Nations Championship, the annual northern hemisphere rugby union championship.
It will be contested by defending champions England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. Including the competition's previous incarnations as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship, it will be the 123rd edition of the tournament.
For the first time, the 2017 tournament will use the bonus point system common to most other professional rugby union tournaments. As well as the standard four points for a win or two for a draw, a team scoring four or more tries during a match will receive an additional league table point, as will a team losing by 7 or fewer points. Additionally, to ensure that a team winning all of its five matches (a Grand Slam) will also win the Championship, three bonus points will be awarded for this achievement.
|England||Twickenham Stadium||82,000||London||Eddie Jones||Dylan Hartley|
|France||Stade de France||81,338||Saint-Denis||Guy Novès||Guilhem Guirado|
|Ireland||Aviva Stadium||51,700||Dublin||Joe Schmidt||Rory Best|
|Italy||Stadio Olimpico||73,261||Rome||Conor O'Shea||Sergio Parisse|
|Scotland||Murrayfield Stadium||67,144||Edinburgh||Vern Cotter||Greig Laidlaw|
|Wales||Millennium Stadium||74,500||Cardiff||Rob Howley (interim)||Sam Warburton|
Match Weeks 1 to 5
Week 1 (4–5 February)
Week 2 (11–12 February)
Week 3 (25–26 February)
Week 4 (10–11 March)
Week 5 (18 March)
- "Six Nations: Bonus-point system introduced for 2017 tournament". BBC Sport. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.