Due to the sponsorship by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the 2012 Six Nations will be officially known as the 2012 RBS 6 Nations. The Six Nations is played every year, with each team playing each other once. Home advantage alternates each year.
As usual the winner of each match receives two points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss. The Six Nations tournament does not use a bonus point system, unlike most Southern Hemisphere competitions. The team with the most points at the conclusion of the tournament will win the 2012 Six Nations and be known as the European Champions.
The 2012 tournament kicks off with the France rugby team hosting the Italy rugby team at the Stade de France on Saturday the 4th of February. The final match will be between defending champion England and Ireland at Twickenham.
Saturday 4th February 12 at 2:30pm France v Italy at Stade de France
Saturday 4th February 12 at 5:00pm Scotland v England at Murrrayfield
Sunday 5th February 12 at 3:00pm Ireland v Wales at Aviva Stadium
Saturday 11th February 12 at 4:00pm Italy v England at Stadio Olimpico
Saturday 11th February 12 at 8:00pm France v Ireland at Stade de France
Sunday 12th February 12 at 3:00pm Wales v Scotland at Millennium Stadium
Saturday 25th February 12 at 1:30pm Ireland v Italy at Aviva Stadium
Saturday 25th February 12 at 4:00pm England v Wales at Twickenham
Sunday 26th February 12 at 3:00pm Scotland v France at Murrayfield
Saturday 10th March 12 at 2:30pm Wales v Italy at Millennium Stadium
Saturday 10th March 12 at 5:00pm Ireland v Scotland at Aviva Stadium
Sunday 11th March 12 at 3:00pm France v England at Stade de France
Saturday 17th March 12 at 12:30pm Italy v Scotland at Stadio Olimpico
Saturday 17th March 12 at 2:45pm Wales v France at MIllennium Stadium
Saturday 17th March 12 at 5:00pm England v Ireland at Twickenham