Six Nations Rugby Unveils Pools, Fixtures & Participants For Autumn Nations Cup 2020

Six Nations Rugby Unveils Pools, Fixtures & Participants For Autumn Nations Cup 2020

The competition will conclude on the weekend of the December 5-6 with a final round of matches where each team will face off against the team ranked in the same position in the opposite pool.

Fiji will take on Italy on the 21st of November and then play against Scotland on November 28th.

The deal is understood to be one-off for the tournament after negotiations for a long-term deal following the decision to pool broadcasting rights between the Six Nations countries were paused in March because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The schedule is relentless and World Cup ranking points are on offer but nobody cares who wins and Andy Farrell will surely use this window to try new players and tweak his tactics with an eye on the Six Nations and the 2023 World Cup.

Amazon Prime Video will also co-broadcast the England v Ireland fixture, played at Twickenham alongside Channel 4.

Group A features England, Georgia, Ireland and Wales while Group B comprises Fiji, France, Italy and Scotland.

"A significant amount of time and effort has gone into delivering this new tournament format in testing circumstances and the spirit of collaboration amongst key stakeholders has been outstanding", said Six Nations Rugby CEO Ben Morel.

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"It is a unique event bringing a new level of competitiveness to Autumn global rugby and will offer something back to all the fans who have missed top-level rugby".

"We have a new competition format this autumn and are expecting four quality Tests which will be a good challenge for us", England coach Jones said in a statement.

"It will be great to get back to Twickenham".

Those matches take place over three weekends in November before the finals weekend sees the top teams from each conference meet, with second playing second etc.

It leaves rugby fans considering whether it is worth taking out yet another subscription.

Amazon Prime will also have coverage of games in the UK.

Despite the announcement of the tournament coming a day after the British government altered plans to allow fans to return to stadiums for pilot events, Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney says he is hopeful England supporters will be able to attend the matches at Twickenham. "We will provide more information in due course".

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