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The Autumn Nations Cup

 

Nations Cup

 

It’s been a mixed bag over the last couple of months with the disappointment of the Baba’s breaking RFU Covid-19 bubble rules in the last few weeks and England winning the very delayed Six Nations Tournament in a nail-biting final weekend, you would be forgiven for forgetting that we have an all-new rugby competition ready to hit our TV Screens in the shape of The Autumn Nations Cup this weekend.

 

Here at Hampshire RFU, we wanted to tell you more about the epic upcoming tournament that replaces the typical Autumn Internationals, so you and the family can follow along with all the action…

 

What is it?

 

This new international competition is between England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Fiji, and Georgia.

 

There will be two pools of four countries in the tournament. Group A consists of England, Ireland, Wales, and Georgia, and Group B is France, Scotland, Italy, and Fiji. 

 

Each team will play the teams in their group once by the end of the third weekend.

 

Based on the group rankings coming into the final weekend, each team will face the team ranked in the same position in the opposite pool. This means the teams who come first in Group A and Group B will compete for first place, the teams who come second will compete for second place and so on. 

 

 

When is it?

All sixteen matches of the new tournament will be played over the four weekends from 13th November 2020 to 6th December, 2020:

 

 

Round 1

13th November: Ireland v Wales (Aviva Stadium) - 19:00 (UK time)

14th November: Italy v Scotland (TBC) - 12:45

14th November: England v Georgia (Twickenham) - 15:00

15th November: France v Fiji (TBC) – TBC

 

 

 

 

Round 2

21st November: Italy v Fiji (TBC) - 12:45

21st November: England v Ireland (Twickenham) - 15:00

21st November: Wales v Georgia (TBC) - 17:15

22nd November: Scotland v France (Murrayfield) - 15:00

 

 

Round 3

28th November: Scotland v Fiji (Murrayfield) - 13:45

28th November: Wales v England (TBC) - 16:00

28th November: France v Italy (Stade de France) - 20:00

29th November: Ireland v Georgia (Aviva Stadium) - 14:00

 

 

Finals weekend

5th December: Georgia v TBC (Murrayfield) - 12:00

5th December: Ireland v TBC (Aviva Stadium) - 14:15

5th December: Wales v TBC (TBC) - 16:45

6th December: England v TBC (Twickenham) - 14:00

 

 

Will the Women’s Team Be Competing?

 

No – the women’s teams will not mirror this tournament. England and France will play each other in two matches, one in France on Saturday, 14th November, and one on 21st November, which will be played at Twickenham before the England men’s team face Ireland. 

 

Ireland, Italy and Scotland will be busy in the weeks around the tournament, as they look to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2021. 

 

round robin tournament between the three sides and the winner of the Rugby Europe Women’s Championship 2020 will take place on the weekends of 5th, 12th and 19th December. 

 

 

Where will it be shown on Television?

 

Amazon Prime is the main broadcaster of this competition, with fans able to stream every match online.

 

Some matches will be available to watch on terrestrial television. Channel 4 (and RTE in Ireland) will show Ireland’s fixtures as well, including the tournament’s opening nail-biting clash between Wales and Ireland. Channel 4 will also show highlights from all rounds. 

 

Every Wales match in the Autumn Nations Cup will also be shown on S4C, a Welsh language channel.  

 

We hope all the above information has been informative…

 

We are chomping at the bit to see the very best talent from across these 8 teams line up against each other in this inaugural tournament, and hope you are too!

 

Jump on our Facebook or Twitter now to share your thoughts on which team will take the title, and who you’re starting England line-up would be if you were Eddie Jones for the day…

 

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