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Rugby Union: RBS 6 Nations 2012 Fixture Schedule

The RBS 6 Nations 2012 Rugby Union tournament kicks off in a couple of weeks time, with the first round of fixtures taking place on the weekend of 4-5 February 2012 – including the huge Calcutta Cup fixture between Scotland and England, which, this year, will be played at Murrayfield.

Fixtures in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy are selling out fast in anticipation of the tournament, which pits the best of the Northern Hemisphere against each other in five gruelling game weekends.

Last year, England emerged victorious, in one of the closest Six Nations tournaments for many a year – the competition ended with England on 8 points, while France, Ireland and Wales followed all locked on 6 points, separated only by points difference, after some fascinating fixtures across Europe. Scotland and Italy were next, though both sides produced one win to pick up two points apiece in a competitive tournament.

This year will see a slew of international retirements, post Rugby World Cup 2011, so it will be interesting to see some fresh faces take to the field on the opening weekend.

There are to be no Friday evening matches in the 2012 tournament, a change from the previous three years, which had seen one match at Wales’ Millennium Stadium take place on a Friday night.

Below The Global Herald have provided a free fixture list, in order for you to keep track of the vital matches, whether you follow France, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Italy or England – or are just a rugby fan who wants to know when the big matches are.

RBS 6 Nations 2012 Fixture Schedule

All times are in Central European Time (CET) which is GMT +1.

Sat 4th Feb 1215:30France  v  ItalyStade de France
Sat 4th Feb 1218:00Scotland  v  EnglandMurrayfield
Sun 5th Feb 1216:00Ireland  v  WalesAviva Stadium
Sat 11th Feb 1217:00Italy  v  EnglandStadio Olimpico
Sat 11th Feb 1221:00France  v  IrelandStade de France
Sun 12th Feb 1216:00Wales  v  ScotlandMillennium Stadium
Sat 25th Feb 1214:30Ireland  v  ItalyAviva Stadium
Sat 25th Feb 1217:00England  v  WalesTwickenham
Sun 26th Feb 1216:00Scotland  v  FranceMurrayfield
Sat 10th Mar 1215:30Wales  v  ItalyMillennium Stadium
Sat 10th Mar 1218:00Ireland  v  ScotlandAviva Stadium
Sun 11th Mar 1216:00France  v  EnglandStade de France
Sat 17th Mar 1213:30Italy  v  ScotlandStadio Olimpico
Sat 17th Mar 1215:45Wales  v  FranceMillennium Stadium
Sat 17th Mar 1218:00England  v  IrelandTwickenham

Who do you think will flourish at the RBS 6 Nations 2012 Tournament? Leave a comment below.

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