Thursday, September 10, 2020

Six Nations Rugby together with its constituent unions and federations is extremely pleased to announce details of the Autumn Nations Cup, a completely new and innovative tournament that will take place over four weekends between Friday 13 November and Sunday 6 December.

The Autumn Nations Cup 2020 will be a unique eight-team competition, involving the Six Nations as well as the rugby unions of Georgia and Fiji.

In recent months as the scale of the challenge presented by the Covid-19 pandemic emerged, it became apparent that fulfilling the traditional Autumn International fixtures would not be possible particularly as a result of travel restrictions preventing certain international teams from competing in scheduled fixtures.

This newly created tournament will replace the traditional Autumn International window for 2020 and ensures rugby fans all over the world will be treated to top class international rugby this Autumn.

The format for the Autumn Nations Cup will be two pools of four – Group A will include England, Ireland, Wales and Georgia with Group B comprising of France, Scotland, Italy and Fiji.

The action gets underway over the weekend of 13/14/15 November kicking off with the mouth-watering clash of Andy Farrell’s Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on the Friday 13 November (Kick-off 7pm). This will be followed on Saturday by England v Georgia and Italy v Scotland, while on Sunday France will entertain Fiji.

In Round 2, Ireland will travel to Twickenham to face England on Saturday 21 November (Kick-off 3pm), before hosting Georgia in Round 3 at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday 29 November (Kick-off 2pm).

The Autumn Nations Cup will conclude on the weekend of the 5th and 6th December with a special final round of matches. Based on the pool rankings coming into the final weekend, each team will face off against the team ranked in their same position in the opposite pool, a format which promises some intriguing and unexpected clashes.

Broadcast arrangements in specific markets will be announced in due course

FIXTURES

ROUND 1

Friday 13 November

Ireland v Wales, 7pm

Saturday 14 November

Italy v Scotland, 12.45pm TBC

England v Georgia, 3pm

Sunday 15 November

France v Fiji, 2pm TBC

ROUND 2

Saturday 21 November

Italy v Fiji, 12.45pm TBC

England v Ireland, 30pm

Wales v Georgia, 5.15pm TBC

Sunday 22 November

Scotland v France, 3pm

ROUND 3

Saturday 28 November

Scotland v Fiji, 1.45pm

Wales v England, 4pm TBC

France v Italy, 8p TBC

Sunday 29 November

Ireland v Georgia, 2pm

FINALS WEEKEND

Saturday 5

Georgia v TBD, 12pm

Ireland v TBD, 2.15pm

Wales v TBD, 4.45pm TBC

Sunday 6

England v TBD, 2pm

 

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