A brand new and exciting Rugby Union tournament has been announced to take place across four weekends in November and December – the Autumn Nations Cup. The new competition will see 16 matches played between the 13th November and 6th December 2020, as international rugby union play’s catch up due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The usual Six Nations teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales will be joined by Fiji and Georgia. Japan was originally due to be the eighth competing in the tournament but government restrictions have prevented them from doing so. However Georgia will provide a stiff test, with The Lelos due to face England for the first time outside of the Rugby World Cup. Fiji meanwhile have always had a reputation as a team likely to cause an upset.
The eight teams will be divided into two groups, with the final weekend seeing teams facing the side in the equivalent finishing position in the other group. The groups will be:
Group A – England, Georgia, Ireland, Wales
Group B – Fiji, France, Italy, Scotland
Autumn Nations Cup Fixtures
15th November 2020 (TBC) – France v Fiji (Stade de la Rabine, Vannes)
21st November 2020 (12:45 GMT) – Italy v Fiji (Stadio del Conero, Ancona)
28th November 2020 (20:00 GMT) – France v Italy (Stade de France, Paris)
5th December 2020 (12:00 GMT) – Georgia v TBC (Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh)