Scotland v Italy Six Nations 2023: BBC commentators and how to watch
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The BBC and ITV have been showing every game of the tournament between them - in fact their current Six Nations TV deal makes them the official broadcasters until 2025. ITV will be showing every England, France, Ireland and Italy home game while all of Scotland and Wales’ home fixtures will air on the BBC.
This is the 24th Six Nations Championship to be contested by the national teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. If you include previous incarnations the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship however, it is actually in its 129th year.
France came into the tournament as defending champions, having won the Grand Slam in 2022. It was Ireland though who kicked off their first game as number one in the World Rugby Union rankings.
Here’s who will be talking you through the action as Scotland go head to head with Italy on Saturday afternoon as well as how to watch the game live on TV.
Six Nations 2023 live coverage: BBC & ITV commentators
The familiar face of Gabby Logan will be heading up coverage on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. She will be joined in the studio by famous rugby union faces Martin Johnson, Sam Warburton, John Barclay and Tommy Bowe.
Providing pitchside insight and analysis will be Sonja McLaughlan and Lee McKenzie, with legendary match official Nigel Owens giving a referee’s perspective of the action.
Over on ITV, Mark Pougatch and Jill Douglas will be the faces of the TV coverage while Nick Mullins and Miles Harrison will be providing commentary. Co-commentators include world cup winners Ben Kay and Danielle Waterman along with Shane Williams, Gordon D’Arcy, Scott Hastings and David Flatman.
Expert analysis will also be provided by union legends Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Sir Clive Woodward and George Gregan. From the sidelines expect to see Martin Bayfield and Gabriel Clarke while Maggie Alphonsi, Brian O’Driscoll, Rory Best, Gareth Thomas, Jamie Roberts, Jim Hamilton and Benjamin Kayser will also be making appearances throughout the tournament.
If you are tuning in for live radio commentary, Chris Jones and Sara Orchard will keep you up-to-date with the action via BBC Sounds, BBC Radio 5 Live or 5 Sports Extra
Scotland v Italy Six Nations 2023 confirmed line-ups
Scotland team to face Italy:
Smith; Steyn, H Jones, Tuipulotu, Van der Merwe; Kinghorn, White; Schoeman, Turner, Z Fagerson, Skinner, J Gray, Ritchie (c), Watson, Dempsey. Replacements: Ashman, Sutherland, Nel, Cummings, M Fagerson, Price, Healy, Redpath.
Italy team to face Scotland
Allan; Bruno, Brex, Menoncello, Gesi; Garbisi, Fusco; Fischetti, Nicotera, Riccioni, Iachizzi, Ruzza, Negri, Lamaro (c), L Cannone. Replacements: Manfredi, Zani, Ceccarelli, N Cannone, Pettinelli, Zuliani, Garbisi, Morisi.
Six Nations 2023 Scotland v Italy - how to watch
Kick off for the game being held on Scotland’s home turf, Murrayfield Stadium, is at 12.30pm on Sunday, March 18. You can watch the match live on BBC One and BBC iplayer with build up to the clash beginning at 12 noon.
If you can’t get yourself in front of a screen for the game, you can listen to live commentary via BBC Radio 5 Live.