It’s thrilling to be offering first-class live international rugby on Channel 4 and it’s great to be launching the tournament live on a Friday night with Ireland v Wales. Ireland’s fixture with Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Friday 13 November will kick off the Autumn Nations Cup and Channel 4 will show that encounter. First published on Thu 10 Sep 2020 09.58 EDT. A new Six Nations broadcasting deal is also being negotiated, with BBC and ITV under intense pressure from other interested parties wishing to secure the rights from 2022 onwards. The network will show two other matches from the tournament, which was created by Six Nations Rugby in response to the autumn tours being abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic. Taking place from 13 November to 6 December, eight countries will play 16 matches across four consecutive weekends.
After England’s showdown with Ireland, the network will finish their live coverage with Ireland’s match against Georgia on 29 November . Three rounds of fixtures will then be followed by a finals weekend. England will play Ireland at Twickenham in the new Autumn Nations Cup.
With the Principality Stadium still unavailable, the location for Wales’ home fixtures remains undetermined but the addition of Fiji and Georgia has allowed for two pools. Sweeney is also waiting for further details from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport following the government update which, for now, limits the size of crowds at test events to 1,000. While the union remains hopeful 22,000 people, largely debenture and season ticket holders, will be allowed in to Twickenham for their November games, that will still leave the ground almost three-quarters empty.
Autumn Nations Cup: rugby union’s new international tournament. “We remain cautiously optimistic about the return of fans to the stadium,” he said.
Autumn Nations Cup fixtures and TV channel.
Channel 4 have teamed up with Amazon Prime to ensure England’s meeting with Ireland in the Autumn Nations Cup on 21 November will be shown on free-to-air TV.
Channel 4 will also be showing live coverage of the Heineken Champions Cup Final on 17 October.
The Breakdown | Owen Farrell sets tone but an England captain also needs a clear head. Channel 4 have teamed up with Amazon Prime to ensure England’s meeting with Ireland in the Autumn Nations Cup on 21 November will be shown on free-to-air TV… The England-Ireland match-up the following week is a mouth-watering prospect.”. While it is now confirmed that some autumn games will be free-to-air, the RFU’s chief executive, Bill Sweeney, has painted a stark picture of the huge financial losses facing the union.
Based on the pool rankings approaching the finals weekend, each team will face off against the side who finished in the same position in the opposite pool. Pete Andrews, Channel 4’s head of sport, said: “We’re delighted to have teamed up with Amazon to bring rugby fans this fantastic tournament. Ireland’s matches with Wales and Georgia also on Channel 4, Amazon secured the majority of TV rights for the tournament. With Sky’s long-standing deal to show England’s November internationals now at an end, Amazon has a timely opportunity to flex its significant financial muscle and utilise rugby as a vehicle to attract new sofa-bound subscribers at a moment when stadiums remain largely empty.
With differing restrictions in place in Ireland and France and positive cases of coronavirus rising again, it is nevertheless an anxious time for all concerned. Round oneIreland v Wales, 13 November, 7pmItaly v Scotland, 14 November, 12.45pmEngland v Georgia, 14 November, 3pmFrance v Fiji, 15 November, time TBCRound twoItaly v Fiji, 21 November, 12.45 pmEngland v Ireland, 21 November, 3pmWales v Georgia, 21 November, 5.15pmScotland v France, 22 November, 3pmRound threeScotland v Fiji, 28 November, 1.45pmWales v England, 28 November, 4pmFrance v Italy, 28 November, 8pmIreland v Georgia, 29 November, 2pmFinals weekendGeorgia v TBC, 5 December, 12pmIreland v TBC, 5 December, 2.15pmWales v TBC, 5 December, 4.45pmEngland v TBC, 5 December, 2pmEngland women’s internationalsFrance v England, 14 November, 1.15pmEngland v France, 21 November, 12pmAll times GMT. England will play in Group A alongside Ireland, Wales and Georgia, with Group B comprising France, Scotland, Italy and Fiji. International rugby union fans will welcome a new tournament this year – the Autumn Nations Cup. A new logo for the eight-team tournament has been released. Round 1:.
As things stand, the RFU is still planning to stage a test event for 7,500 people on either 10 or 17 October. Amazon secured the majority of TV rights for the tournament, with 14 games to be broadcast to Prime members including England’s match with Ireland.
Ireland vs Wales, 7pm on 13 November – Channel 4; Italy vs Scotland, 12.45pm on 14 November – … Channel 4 will have highlights from all rounds of the inaugural competition, which has France, Scotland, Italy and Fiji involved in one group and England, Ireland, Wales and Georgia in the other. Rugby is also having to re-examine its business model, with free-to-air broadcast partners able to pay significantly less for exclusive rights to the northern hemisphere’s leading competitions.
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