Autumn Nations Cup Preview
With fans of rugby the world over starved of live sport for much of 2020, the creation of a new international competition brings some solace and no little excitement to the tail end of a year like no other.
Instead of the normal November programme of home fixtures across the Northern Hemisphere, 2020 sees the inauguration of the Autumn Nations Cup, an eight-team championship split across two groups, with a final round of fixtures determining placings based on the results of the pool stages.
Scotland are in Group B and will pit their rugby wits against Italy, France and Fiji over the course of three weekends, playing the former away and the latter two nations at BT Murrayfield. Upon the conclusion of these matches, a last fixture will come either at home, at Twickenham, the Aviva Stadium or back at Parc Y Scarlets.
GROUP A: England, Georgia, Ireland & Wales
GROUP B: Fiji, France, Italy & Scotland
13 Nov: Ireland v Wales, 7pm (Aviva Stadium)
14 Nov: Italy v Scotland, 12.45pm GMT (Artemio Franchi Stadium )
14 Nov: England v Georgia, 3pm (Twickenham)
15 Nov: France v Fiji (Stade de la Rabine)
21 Nov: Italy v Fiji, 12.45pm (Stadio del Conero)
21 Nov: England v Ireland, 3pm (Twickenham)
21 Nov: Wales v Georgia, 5.15pm (Parc y Scarlets)
22 Nov: Scotland v France, 3pm (BT Murrayfield)
28 Nov: Scotland v Fiji, 1.45pm (BT Murrayfield)
28 Nov: Wales v England, 4pm (Parc y Scarlets)
28 Nov: France v Italy, 8pm (Stade de France)
29 Nov: Ireland v Georgia, 2pm (Aviva Stadium)
5 Dec: Georgia v TBC, 12pm (BT Murrayfield)
5 Dec: Ireland v TBC, 2.15pm (Aviva Stadium)
5 Dec: Wales v TBC, 4.45pm (Parc y Scarlets)
6 Dec: England v TBC, 2pm (Twickenham)
Scotland will also be represented at the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup in an officiating capacity, with Mike Adamson selected as Assistant Referee for France’s home games with Italy and Fiji, and Sam Grove-White set to act as TMO for Italy’s encounter with Fjii. Both Adamson and Grove-White, as well as Hollie Davidson, will also have roles to play across other parts of the international Men’s and Women’s window.
Where to watch
Amazon Prime Video is the main broadcaster of this competition in the UK, with fans able to stream every match online.
As always, you’ll be able to follow all of the action in the Live Match Centre on scottishrugby.org and we’ll have coverage of all the games across our social channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.