SCOTLAND’s game against England in the Women’s Six Nations next month will be on Saturday 3 at Castle Park, Doncaster, kicking off at 3pm.

Their home match against Italy will take place on Saturday 17 at Scotstoun with a 5pm kick-off.

There is an abbreviated format to the tournament this year, with each team only playing two others in a mini-group before the finals day on Saturday 24, in which sides meet in play-offs to determine a final ranking.

For example, if Scotland finish ahead of Italy and England in Pool A they will meet the winners of Pool B - Ireland, Wales or France - to decide an overall winner.

Second in A will play second in B for third place, and the two bottom teams will play off to avoid the Wooden Spoon. Whoever they play on the final day, Scotland's match will kick off at 5pm, after Italy's (noon) and England's (2pm).

France will also host England in an exhibition match to round off the tournament on Friday 30 April. All matches will be available on the BBC iplayer.

FIXTURES (all times BST)

Round 1, Sat 3 April: England v Scotland (Castle Park, Doncaster 3pm), France v Wales (Stade de la Rabine, Vannes, 8pm)

Round 2, Sat 10: Italy v England (Padua 2pm), Wales v Ireland (Cardiff Arms Park 5pm)  

Round 3, Sat 17: Ireland v France (Donnybrook 2.15pm), Scotland v Italy (Scotstoun 5pm)

Finals, Sat 24: Winner A v Winner B, Second A v Second B, Third A v Third C.