The Women's Six Nations to get increased exposure in 2017

All 15 matches will be streamed online or broadcast live on television

The Women's Six Nations to get increased exposure in 2017

The captains of all the Six Nations teams, including Ireland captain Niamh Briggs at the 2016 Tournament Launch. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The Women's Six Nations is to made available to a wider audience than ever before with news that all 15 games will be broadcast live, on television and online.

In a World Cup year, the increased exposure will allow fans to watch more women's rugby than ever before with all of Ireland's games being broadcast live on RTE. If games are not being broadcast on television, they will be available on the Six Nations Facebook and YouTube accounts.

As part of increasing standards in the tournament, all stadia will undergo checks to make sure they are fit to host international matches. Ireland's home matches will be held in Donnybrook, with Twickenham and Cardiff Arms Park also hosting matches throughout the tournament.

"This is an exciting development for Women's rugby and it will give us a great base to work on for the future", John Feehan, Chief Executive of Six Nations Rugby said at the announcement.

"For the first time in the history of the Six Nations Women's Championship, supporters in each country will be able to watch all of their team's matches live and to a high quality standard whether they are playing at home or away."

"This forms part of the ongoing work done by the Six Nations Council who are constantly looking at the Championship within the context of the global rugby landscape and at ways of developing our sport."

Ireland's campaign begins with a match in Cumbernauld against Scotland on February 3rd.