Wales vs Italy rugby: Kick-off time, teams, TV channel and live stream free for Six Nations 2020 opening match

WALES kick off the Six Nations by welcoming Italy to the Principality Stadium.

But it will feel strange for the Welsh as they begin a new era without Warren Gatland.

 Wayne Pivac kicks off his Wales coaching reign with a clash against Six Nations' perennial Wooden Spoon winners

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Wayne Pivac kicks off his Wales coaching reign with a clash against Six Nations’ perennial Wooden Spoon winnersCredit: PA:Press Association

The New Zealander ended a 12-year stint as their head coach after their World Cup exploits.

And now it will be Wayne Pivac to ensure Wales retain their Six Nations crown and go for another Grand Slam.

What time does Wales vs Italy kick off?

This Six Nations opener will take place on Saturday, February 1.

It will kick off at 2.15pm.

The match will be held at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it for FREE?

Wales vs Italy will be shown live on BBC One with coverage underway from 1.40pm.

This is a free-to-air channel, providing you have a valid TV licence – which can be purchased for £154.50 for the year.

You can also live stream via BBC iPlayer or TVPlayer.

In Wales, you can catch the action on S4C for FREE.

What is the team news?

Stat attack!

  • Wales are bidding to become the first team to complete back-to-back Grand Slams since it became the Six Nations
  • Italy have been bottom of the Six Nations on 14 occasions – avoiding the Wooden Spoon just six times, last being in 2015
  • Azzurri have only beaten Wales twice, both times coming away from home and not since 2007

What are the odds?

Wales are a massive 1/33 to win in Cardiff, according to Ladbrokes.

For an shock victory for the Italians, you can get a price of 12/1 – while a draw is a massive 50/1.

But if you do think Pivac will kick off his reign with a win, Wales are 16/1 to win with a 51-60 point margin.

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