Six Nations - Six Nations return to Friday fixtures

Friday night fixtures will return to the Six Nations championship from next season, tournament organisers have announced.

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Defending champions Wales will tackle France at the Millennium Stadium on Friday, February 21 in their third game of the 2014 championship.

The 2015 tournament will open with a Friday night fixture, when Wales host England in Cardiff.

Wales will launch the defence of their title at home to Italy on February 1 next season while England travel to France, with Ireland hosting Scotland the following day.

The final round of matches will once again be played on the same day with staggered kick-offs, with Italy against England, Wales hosting Scotland and Ireland travelling to France.

The Six Nations committee also announced the full fixture list for 2015, a Rugby World Cup year.

The opening round will see Italy host Ireland and France tackle Scotland the day after the Friday-night curtain-raiser in Cardiff.

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