Rugby Fans, Don’t Despair! The Autumn Nations Cup is Here!
Rugby Fans, Don’t Despair! The Autumn Nations Cup is Here!
Rugby Fans, Don’t Despair! The Autumn Nations Cup is Here!
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Rugby Fans, Don’t Despair! The Autumn Nations Cup is Here!

The impact of the COVID 19 pandemic has been felt heavily across a variety of sports but few sports in the world calendar have been hit as hard as rugby union.

Back in March, the Six Nations was postponed midway through a weekend of matches and it took another 6 months for England to be crowned champions in October. Domestic rugby took tentative steps towards a resumption in the UK whilst the Bledisloe Cup took place between Australia and New Zealand down under.

With an obvious gap in the market, the rugby aficionados have scheduled the Autumn Nations Cup to replace the Autumn Internationals with travel restrictions still in place all over the world.

Northern Hemisphere heavyweights such as England, Ireland and France will all be looking to add to their trophy collection whilst the likes of Wales and Scotland will be looking to upset the form book. Elsewhere, Fiji are sure to provide great entertainment whilst Italy and Georgia will be looking to belie their underdog status.

How to watch the Autumn Nations Cup

Amazon Prime are the primary rights holders to the tournament and all 16 games will be broadcast live on their streaming platform. In addition, Channel 4 will also be showing some games through their free-to-air channel to British fans, with S4C showing every Welsh fixture and France 2 carrying the rights to French matches.

With so much high quality action in store, it promises to be a fascinating new event on the World Rugby Calendar. Either way, you definitely won't want to miss out on the action, so sign up to Amazon Prime here.

How much is Amazon Prime?

As a relatively new player on the sports broadcasting market, Amazon Prime are starting to broaden their horizons. They have been displaying selected Premier League football matches for 2 seasons and also have the rights to the US Open tennis and select UFC fights. Adding rugby union to their roster strengthens their position as one of the most varied sports streaming providers around.

Rugby Union fans in the UK can sign up to Amazon Prime for just £8.99 a month. This subscription also includes access to Amazon Prime’s faster delivery service, and it can be cancelled on a monthly basis.

Autumn Nations Cup Predictions

Group A:

As the top ranked side in the competition and following their Six Nations triumph, England are the hot favourites to top Group A. Stern competition will also come in the form of Ireland and Wales–two sides that are both more than capable on their day. Group minnows Georgia will be mixing it with the big boys for the first time in a few years, but their physicality could catch a few teams by surprise.

Group B:

France are the most fancied side in Group B, with a solid blend of flair and stability in their side currently. Scotland should head into the competition full of confidence, following their decent Six Nations showing. As the great entertainers, Fiji will be keen to represent the Southern Hemisphere strongly whilst Italy look to be in a bit of a rut currently on the world stage.

Autumn Nations Cup–winner prediction

With the top two sides from each group facing off in the Autumn Nations Cup Final at Twickenham on December 6th, it promises to be an incredible 4 weeks of rugby.

England and France look the most likely sides to face off in the final showpiece with Eddie Jones’s England perhaps the marginal favourites to lift the trophy.

Scheduling

Amazon

Round 1

Coverage starts at 12:00pm

Italy vs Scotland – 14th November – (12.45pm KO)

England vs Georgia – 14th November – (3:00pm KO)

Coverage starts at 2:30pm

France vs Fiji – 15th November – (3:00pm KO)

Round 2

Coverage starts at 12:00pm

Italy vs Fiji – 21st November – (12.45pm KO)

England vs Ireland – 21st November – (3:00pm KO)

Wales vs Georgia – 21st November – (5:15pm KO)

Coverage starts at 2:30pm

Scotland vs France – 22nd November – (3:15pm KO)

Round 3

Coverage starts at 1:00pm

Scotland vs Fiji – 28th November – (12.45pm KO)

Wales vs England – 28th November – (3:00pm KO

France vs Italy – 28th November – (5:15pm KO)

Finals Weekend

Coverage starts at 11:00am

Georgia vs TBD – 5th December – (12.45pm KO)

Ireland vs TBD – 5th December – (2.15pm KO)

Wales vs TBD – 5th December – (4.45pm KO)

Coverage starts at 1:00pm

England vs TBD – 6th December – (2.00pm KO)

Don't miss out on the action and sign up here to Amazon Prime!

By Sam Hayes

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