The Six Nations Championship for 2023 is well underway, with Ireland currently topping the table following victories against Wales, France and Italy.

The 32-19 defeat of France was especially crucial to Ireland's chances of completing a Grand Slam, as they are the two best-ranked sides in the world currently.

After winning against Italy Ireland will only need to come out on top against Scotland and England to emerge victorious in the tournament.

Bonus points could come into play if they do slip up in one of those matches, which could leave things very tight in the table.

For those who don't know how the bonus points system works in the Six Nations, here's what they are awarded for.

How does the Six Nations points system work?

The rules around the points system in the Six Nations are pretty simple as if you win you get four points, and if you draw you get two points.

However, teams can also get an additional point in certain circumstances which can prove crucial to the final table standings.

If a team scores four or more tries in a single game they get an extra point, and if you lose by seven points or fewer you can also get a point.

Additionally, three bonus points are awarded to a team that wins all five of their matches, to ensure they get an insurmountable total against any other team.

Six Nations 2023 remaining fixtures

Week 3

Italy vs Ireland (Saturday, February 25 at 2.15pm)

Wales vs England (Saturday, February 25 at 4.45pm)

France vs Scotland (Sunday, February 26 at 3pm)

Week 4

Italy vs Wales (Saturday, March 11 at 2.15pm)

England vs France (Saturday, March 11 at 4.45pm)

Scotland vs Ireland (Sunday, March 12 at 3pm)

Week 5

Scotland vs Italy (Saturday, March 18 at 12.30pm)

France vs Wales (Saturday, March 18 at 2.45pm)

Ireland vs England (Saturday, March 18 at 5pm)