- Friday night kick off for 2011 tournament
- England face away games in Ireland and Wales
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England will kick off their 2011 RBS 6 Nations Championship campaign against Wales on Friday, February 4. It’s the first time the 6 Nations has started with a Friday night game.
The opening match between England and Wales will kick off at 7.45pm on Friday, February 4 at the Millennium Stadium. Martin Johnson’s men will then take on Italy, France and Scotland at home, before ending the tournament away to Ireland, who return to Lansdowne Road at the new Aviva Stadium.
Paul Vaughan, Business Operations Director at the RFU, commented: “Friday night RBS 6 Nations games have proved to be very popular with TV audiences and home crowds, and travelling supporter feedback has also been positive in previous seasons. Clearly a Friday night game in Cardiff presents some challenges for supporters, particularly in getting away from the Millennium Stadium later on in the evening, but we will work closely with the Six Nations and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) to address this.
“England Rugby Travel, which carries the majority of our travelling support, are already looking at innovative ways for supporters to get there and back and also at cost effective accommodation for those who want to make a weekend of it. We are confident the England fans will be there in force and will enjoy the experience.”
England Rugby Travel will soon be launching official supporter packages for all of England’s home and away fixtures including the opening clash against Wales in Cardiff. Fans can register their interest now on-line at the England Rugby Travel website.
2011 RBS 6 Nations fixtures
All times are GMT - add one hour for French and Italian home games
Friday February 4 - Wales v England - 7.45pm
Saturday February 5 - Italy v Ireland - 2.30pm
Saturday February 5 - France v Scotland - 5pm
Saturday February 12 - England v Italy - 2.30pm
Saturday February 12 - Scotland v Wales - 5pm
Sunday February 13 - Ireland v France - 3pm
February 19 and 20 - rest weekend
Saturday February 26 - Italy v Wales - 2.30pm
Saturday February 26 - England v France - 5pm
Sunday February 27 - Scotland v Ireland - 3pm
March 5 and 6 - rest weekend
Saturday March 12 - Italy v France - 2.30pm
Saturday March 12 - Wales v Ireland - 5pm
Sunday March 13 - England v Scotland - 3pm
Saturday March 19 - Scotland v Italy - 2.30pm
Saturday March 19 - Ireland v England - 5pm
Saturday March 19 - France v Wales - 7.45pm