Cold Weather Brings the Rugby9th Nov 2017 |
The second week of November is not that much more eventful than the first, but luckily it does mark the kick off for the Autumn Internationals for Rugby Union. This week has England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland all with their first game of the tour at the weekend.
The Kick Off
Saturday 11th November is a big day for rugby fans. It marks the first day of 2017’s Autumn Internationals. Also known as the End of Year tests, the Autumn Internationals for rugby union occur every year with different team match ups. The teams from the Northern Hemisphere 6 Nations Championship each play against the Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship teams. Each team usually plays three to four test matches, and also occasionally play against provincial teams as well. There is usually a Barbarians game against one of the Southern Hemisphere teams as well, which is dubbed the “Final Challenge” and usually takes place in Twickenham, though this does vary. Whilst there is no official trophy to be won at any of these games, a touring team can potentially win a Grand Slam if they beat all their home opponents in the tour. However this has only occurred nine times since 1912.
This year games kick off early with Scotland facing Samoa at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh at 2.30pm. Viewers need to be aware that some of the games will be overlapping in their timing. England plays Argentina at Twickenham; Wales plays Australia at 5.15pm in the renamed Principality Stadium; whilst Ireland will be fending off South Africa at home in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. A fully packed Saturday afternoon awaits!
Sunday 12th November is the beginning of the week long ATP Tennis World Tour Finals. Held in London they are the culmination of a number of events that make up the ATP tour as a whole. First held in 1970 it is men’s tennis only and features just the top eight singles and doubles players in the ATP rankings for that year.
What’s happening next week?
For the rugby fans out there, next week brings a lot more of it. The end of the week sees all the home nations playing their second games of the tour with Scotland facing New Zealand; England versus Australia; Ireland in a matchup against Fiji; and Wales playing Georgia. It’s a full card. The ATP tennis finals also continue over into next week before finishing on the 19th of November.