Wales will start the Six Nations next year with Ireland at home

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England’s Jack Nowell tackles Taulupe Faletau of Wales during the Guinness Six Nations match at Twickenham Stadium. Photo by Adam Davy/PA Wire

Wales will open their 2023 Guinness Six Nations campaign against Ireland at the Principality Stadium.

It’s the reverse of their first game this season, when Wayne Pivc’s men lost 29-7 in Dublin.

They next face Scotland away from home, before taking on England in Cardiff on February 25. They will then have the chance to avenge their loss to Italy in their penultimate game, before playing their final game against Grand Slam champions France in Paris.

Wales play all of their matches on a Saturday, and Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Steve Phillips said: “We are always looking for the best possible preparation time for our Wales coaches and players when matches for Six Nations are established, which means avoiding a six-day rotation if possible.

“Of course, our respective Six Nations colleagues are all also looking for the same thing, which means compromises have to be made, so we are delighted to be done with the Saturday afternoon kick-off times in the five rounds.”

There are no Friday night fixtures on next year’s schedule, which is the last Six Nations tournament before the 2023 World Cup in France.

Six Nations chief executive Ben Morel said: “The 2022 Championship ended with one of the most exciting ‘Super Saturdays’ in history with an incredible performance from Italy, a triple crown for Ireland and a long-awaited Grand Slam for France.

“Once again the fans had to wait until the last match was played to find out who this year’s champions would be, and the rugby action did not disappoint.

“As we look to the Guinness Six Nations 2023, there are so many scenarios that will unfold over the five rounds of matches.

“It’s a big part of what makes the Championship so unique, and what continues to capture the imagination of audiences and fans around the world.”

2023 Guinness Six Nations Schedule

February 4 – Wales v Ireland (1415), England v Scotland (1645)

February 5 – Italy against France (1500).

February 11 – Ireland v France (1415), Scotland v Wales (1645).

February 12 – England v Italy (1500).

February 25: Italy against Ireland (1415), Wales against England (1645).

February 26: France against Scotland (1500).

March 11: Italy against Wales (1415), England against France (1645).

March 12 – Scotland v Ireland (1500).

March 18 – Scotland v Italy (1230), France v Wales (1445), Ireland v England (1700).

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