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Last Updated: Friday, 18 March, 2005, 08:02 GMT
Six Nations climax on the BBC
France celebrate winning the 2004 championship
Watch, listen and read about the Six Nations - on BBC Sport
The 2005 RBS Six Nations Championship reaches its thrilling climax on Saturday, and it is live and exclusive on the BBC.

The three final-round matches, which all take place on Saturday, are live on BBC television, with extra interactive coverage, radio and our website.

Rugby fans can also watch further analysis and debate of the weekend's action in Rugby Special on Sundays, which also includes domestic highlights.

You can follow all the build-up to the weekend's action on the website and via Ceefax - and watch the highlights via our video console at your leisure.

TELEVISION

Steve Rider, John Inverdale and Jill Douglas introduce our coverage, with Eddie Butler, Jim Neilly, Andrew Cotter and Nick Mullins providing the commentary.

FINAL WEEKEND (TIMES GMT)
Saturday 19 Mar:
Italy v France, BBC1, 1300
Wales v Ireland, BBC1, 1530
England v Scotland, BBC1, 1800

And viewers will hear from former England skippers Martin Johnson and Lawrence Dallaglio, who will join our regular analysts Jonathan Davies and Jeremy Guscott in the studio.

Will Carling, Brian Moore, Sean Fitzpatrick and Phillip Matthews add their views from the commentary box.

Viewers will also be able to see play from angles that cannot be captured by conventional cameras thanks to 'Piero' - a new technology system created by BBC Broadcast.

Piero turns live images into a virtual stadium

Piero, named after the Italian painter and pioneer of perspective Piero della Francesco, creates a virtual stadium in which virtual players can be tracked from almost any angle.

Piero also provides a wealth of statistical detail - from the length of kicks, to the length of a run of an individual player and the height of a lift at any lineout.

Viewers will be able to see precisely how the ball was thrown and by whom, giving a greater depth to the growing wealth of analysis available during sport broadcasts.

INTERACTIVE

Fans with Freeview, cable or digital satellite can access our interactive channel by pressing the red button on their remote control.

You will be able to choose local or national commentary, listen to the referee through his personal microphone and watch highlights during the game.

The 'Piero' technology will also be in use on this channel - enabling the viewer to review certain decisions and aspects of play.

Our Interactive channel will also stay on air for an extra half-hour after selected games, allowing the studio panel to continue the debate long into the night!

RADIO

BBC Radio Five Live, Radio 4 LW and Five Live Sports Extra will carry live commentary from every game.

Ian Robertson and Rob Andrew lead our coverage on the airwaves, and you'll also be able to keep up to date with all the latest team news throughout the week on Five Live.

WEBSITE

Log onto bbc.co.uk/sport to see the BBC's live TV coverage of this year's RBS Six Nations be broadcast simultaneously.

For the first time, UK internet users will be able to watch the BBC's live coverage of the Six Nations in full as it happens.

Broadband users can access coverage in high quality, but narrowband users can also access the service.

We'll also have video highlights of every game (via broadband) available at half-time, full-time and for at least 24 hours afterwards, as well as audio commentary from BBC radio.

Plus there will be text updates on every match, reports, post-match reaction, follow-up analysis and features.

Our team of pundits will also be on hand to guide you through the tournament from a player's perspective - and if you feel like venting your spleen then have your say on Scrum V.

CEEFAX

Ceefax will have full-page latest scores during every match and reports, quotes and match statistics afterwards as well as an up-to-date fixtures/results page and Six Nations table.

In the build-up to the final Six Nations weekend there will be team news and previews of every game and all the latest news stories.

The coverage will be in a special 10-page section indexed from page 490.

The coverage will also be available on BBCi's Digital Text - just press the red button and follow the link to the rugby union page.




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