RTÉ have secured the rights to broadcast the RBS Six Nations on both television and radio up to and including the 2009 championship.  

Every single RBS Six Nations match will be broadcast live to RTÉ viewers and listeners under the terms of the deal. RTÉ are already screening all of this season’s matches live, as Ireland gear up for a possible Grand Slam.

RTÉ Head of TV Sport Glen Killane said: “We’re thrilled to be able to make this announcement which means that once again, all of the Irish public will be able to watch rugby’s most competitive tournament live on free-to-air television. Bringing the big competitions to the widest possible audience is one of the things we strive to deliver, and the RBS Six Nations certainly falls into that category. We’re looking forward to ensuring that this continues in the years ahead.”

RBS Six Nations chief executive John Feehan said: "The RBS Six Nations are delighted to be renewing their longstanding relationship with RTÉ, the major sports broadcaster in Ireland. The RBS Six Nations is a wonderful tournament and this agreement will continue to bring it to the widest possible audience on both television and radio."

RTÉ Two’s live coverage of this season’s Six Nations championship continues on Saturday February 26 from 1.40pm as Scotland face Italy and France take on Wales.

Ireland face a demoralised England side on Sunday February 27 at Lansdowne Road. Coverage of this eagerly anticipated clash commences at 2.15pm.