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Six Nations 2016: BBC is sending rugby to space

We’ve sent loads of technology into space, but what about some good old sport?

The BBC has confirmed plans to beam a Six Nations 2016 rugby game to space.

The broadcaster will live-stream England’s test match against Scotland to be viewed by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Peake is currently a crew member on the International Space Station, but he’ll take a break from work on Saturday afternoon to watch the action.

“I know that space is a hostile environment, but Murrayfield, for the old Calcutta Cup, that’s a whole different matter,” said Peake.

“And Scotland has a fire in their belly; you could hear their World Cup rage from up here in space…May the best team win! Come on England!”

tim peakeBritish astronaut Tim Peake

The live-stream – which will travel over 400km – is possible thanks to a partnership between the BBC and the European Space agency.

Speaking about the plans, Philip Bernie, BBC’s head of TV sport, said:

“We’ve always tried to push the boundaries of broadcasting at the BBC, and streaming to space is an exciting first for us. We knew Tim was a massive rugby fan and now he can join the rest of the nation watching Scotland v England in the Six Nations”.

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