Women's Six Nations 2023: Fixtures, schedule and how to watch
England secured another Six Nations Grand Slam with a dramatic victory over France in 2022, and will be hoping to recover from World Cup heartbreak in this year's renewal.
The Red Roses will be going for a fifth title in a row when the Championship returns, although their rivals will be determined to knock them off course.
When does the Women's Six Nations 2023 start?
The opening weekend of the 2023 Women's Six Nations is on Saturday 25 March with Wales v Ireland and England v Scotland before Italy v France on Sunday 26 March. There tournament concludes on Saturday 29 April, with England hosting France in their final game.
What is the latest news?
England are facing a fly-half crisis for the upcoming Women’s Six Nations, with Zoe Harrison ruled out of the championship with a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Harrison has been the Red Roses’ first-choice fly-half ever since Katy Daley-Mclean, England’s veteran World Cup-winning captain, retired two years ago.
The Saracens player was one of the Red Roses’ standout performers at last year’s World Cup in New Zealand, where Wayne Smith, the former Black Ferns coach who guided the hosts to a sixth title, hailed the highly-rated fly-half as “the best kicking back in the world".
Harrison went down clutching her knee during the second half of her club’s 32-12 victory over Harlequins last month and was given gas and air while being taken off on a stretcher.
Her absence is a major blow to England, who are now faced with a huge half-back dilemma, however Saracens' Holly Aitchison is set to wear the No 10 jersey for England.
As the Red Roses hunt a fifth consecutive Six Nations title under outgoing head coach Simon Middleton.
They will also be without their prominent captain Emily Scarratt, Hannah Botterman, Laura Keates and Vickii Cornborough for their Six Nations Campaign but England's squad does have enough talent and depth to choose from.
They have named nine uncapped players in their squad after recalling the experienced Natasha Hunt, as they reshuffle their squad for the upcoming tournament.
The former scrum-half is now back involved in the England set up and will join Sarah Beckett, Poppy Clealll and Amber Reed after missing last year's World Cup.
What are the squad lists for the Six Nations?
Women's Six Nations 2023 fixtures and TV schedule
Saturday March 25
Wales v Ireland, 2.15pm, at Cardiff Arms Park (Cardiff), BBC iPlayer
England v Scotland, 4.45pm, at Kingston Park (Newcastle), BBC Two
Saturday March 26
Italy v France, 3pm, at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (Parma), BBC iPlayer
Saturday April 1
Ireland v France, 3.15pm, at Musgrave Park (Cork), BBC iPlayer
Scotland v Wales, 5.30pm, at Edinburgh Rugby Stadium (Edinburgh), BBC Two
Sunday April 2
England v Italy, 3pm, at Franklin's Gardens (Northampton), BBC Two
Saturday April 15
Wales v England, 2.15pm, at Cardiff Arms Park (Cardiff), BBC Two
Italy v Ireland, 4.45pm, at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (Parma), BBC iPlayer
Sunday April 16
France v Scotland, 3.15pm, at Stade de la Rabine (Vannes), BBC iPlayer
Saturday April 22
Ireland v England, 2.15pm, at Musgrave Park (Cork), BBC Two
Scotland v Italy, 4.45pm, at Edinburgh Rugby Stadium (Edinburgh), BBC iPlayer
Sunday April 23
France v Wales, 3.15pm, at Stade des Alpes (Grenoble), BBC iPlayer
Saturday April 29
England v France, 1pm, at Twickenham Stadium (London), BBC Two
Italy v Wales, 3.30pm, at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (Parma), S4C
Scotland v Ireland, 7.30pm, at Edinburgh Rugby Stadium (Edinburgh), BBC iPlayer
How to watch the Women's Six Nations live
Every game of the Six Nations will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer and the broadcaster's regional channels, with some matches also broadcast live on BBC Two.
The Women's Six Nations broke new ground in 2021 when the finale was broadcast as a standalone event on BBC Two, increasing exposure of the competition.
Latest odds to win
No major bookmakers are yet offering odds on the Championship.