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Autumn Nations Cup results, scores and fixtures

Autumn Nations Cup results and fixtures in full (all times GMT)

14 November, Group B – Italy v Scotland (Florence) 12:45

14 November: Group A – England v Georgia (Twickenham) 15:00

15 November: Group B – France v Fiji – Cancelled

21 November, Group B – Italy v Fiji (Ancona) 12:45

21 November, Group A – England v Ireland (Twickenham) 15:00

21 November, Group A – Wales v Georgia (Parc y Scarlets) 17:15

22 November, Group B – Scotland v France (Murrayfield) 15:00

28 November, Group B – Scotland v Fiji (Murrayfield) 13:45

28 November, Group A – Wales v England (Parc y Scarlets) 16:00

28 November, Group B – France v Italy (Stade de France) 20:00

29 November, Group A – Ireland v Georgia (Aviva Stadium) 14:00  

5 December – Georgia v TBC (Murrayfield) 12:00

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

5 December – Wales v TBC (Parc y Scarlets) 16:45

6 December – England v TBC (Twickenham) 14:00

What is the Autumn Nations Cup and why is it happening?

Normally at this time of year, the Southern Hemisphere superpowers swagger north for a European tour.

However, the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on rugby’s calendar means this is not possible, so administrators were forced to get inventive.

They came up with an eight-team format involving the Six Nations and a couple of guests. At first it looked like Japan would be involved, then South Africa (who are kicking their heels while the other Sanzaar teams play without them), before landing on Fiji and Georgia.

The broadcast rights were sold to Amazon Prime, who have 13 of the 16 games exclusively (Ireland’s being the exception due to pre-existing deals).

With no fans in the stands due to the lockdowns across Europe, Amazon’s first foray into rugby broadcasting is perhaps the most important element of this tournament. Could their involvement bump up the value of future rights deals and provide the embattled unions some financial salvation?

If it goes well, this tournament could herald a new age for the global calendar and the Autumn Internationals, with a formal tournament rather than high-profile friendlies.  

An entertaining tournament, even one cooked up out of necessity at a tricky time, could be absolutely vital for the future of a struggling sport.

How the Autumn Nations Cup format works

The eight teams have been split into two groups. In Group A are England, Ireland, Wales and Georgia. In Group B are France, Scotland, Italy and Fiji.

Each team plays the others in its group between November 13 and 29. Then on the weekend of December 5/6, each team plays the team that finishes in the same place in the other group, to create a ranking between one and eight and, therefore, a winner.

It is worth noting that Group A get to play their final match at “home” (although Georgia play at Murrayfield), which should be helpful.

The Autumn Nations Cup will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video from November 13.  

Get in on the action by subscribing to Amazon Prime. It costs £7.99 a month, £79 a year or try a 30-day free trial: https://amzn.to/32t3X7t

Gabby Logan and Mark Durden-Smith will host Prime’s coverage.

Punditry will come from a team including Bryan Habana, David Flatman, Dylan Hartley, John Barclay, Scott Quinnell, Serge Betson, Jamie Roberts, Topsy Ojo, Sam Warbuton and more.


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