ENGLAND, Wales, Scotland and Ireland all host the southern hemisphere’s toughest opponents on home soil in this year's autumn internationals.It has not been announced yet which channel will be showing the matches after Sky Sports televised England's matches last year.Sat, Nov 11 - England vs Argentina at Twickenham, 3pm kick-off.Sat, Nov 18 - England vs Australia at Twickenham, 3pm kick-off.Sat, Nov 25 - England vs Samoa at Twickenham, 3pm kick-off.Sat, Nov 11 - Wales vs Australia at the Principality Stadium, 5.15pm kick-off.Sat, Nov 18 - Wales vs Georgia at the Principality Stadium, 2.30pm kick-off.Sat, Nov 25 - Wales vs New Zealand at the Principality Stadium, 5.15pm kick-off.Sat, Dec 2 - Wales vs South Africa at the Principality Stadium, 2.30pm kick-off.Sat, Nov 11 - Scotland vs Samoa at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, 2.30pm kick-off.Sat, Nov 18 - Scotland vs New Zealand at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, 5.15pm kick-off.Sat, Nov 25 - Scotland vs Australia at the BT Murrayfield … [Read more...] about Autumn Internationals Rugby 2017: What are dates and kick-off times for England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland and what TV channels are they on?
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ENGLAND will take on Scotland for the Calcutta Cup when they lock horns on Saturday afternoon in the Six Nations.The two teams will line up at the home of rugby, Twickenham, with a 4pm kick off, with more than just pride at stake.England, who are top of the standings in the Six Nations, will face Scotland as they hope to retain the Calcutta Cup.What is the Calcutta Cup?It is a trophy shared between England and Scotland.The cup is up for grabs when the two rugby union sides meet at the Six Nations.How old is the piece of silverware?The Calcutta Cup was first competed for in 1879, at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh.It ended in a draw, but the following year England were first team to get their hands on the trophy.The cup was suspended during both World Wars and this year they will be competing for the trophy for the 214th time.Who currently holds the piece of silverware?England are the current holders and have held the trophy since 2009.The Red Rose beat Scotland 15 - 9 last year at … [Read more...] about Why is England vs Scotland called the Calcutta Cup, what is the trophy and when did it start?
ENGLAND will be hoping to retain the Calcutta Cup when they face Scotland at Twickenham in an enticing match on Saturday.The current Six Nations leaders have help the trophy since 2009, and Eddie Jones knows a win will go a long way in securing the championship, the Triple Crown and the Grand Slam.FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES FROM ENGLAND VS SCOTLANDScotland go into the game in high confidence, they defeated Wales for the first time in ten years to climb up to their highest-ever position of fifth in the world rankings. Keep up to date with ALL the latest Six Nations news, gossip and rumoursThey are third in the Six Nations table, having lost to France after they beat Ireland in their opener, but know they have a chance of claiming their first Triple Crown since 1990.The two nations will come face-to-face when they will battle out for the Calcutta Cup on Saturday.The match during the penultimate weekend of the 2017 Six Nations Championship at Twickenham Stadium kicks off at 4pm UK … [Read more...] about What time does England vs Scotland kick off, what TV channel is Six Nations match on and what is the latest team news?
GEORGE BEST’S distant relative is the smiling assassin out to wreck England’s record-breaking winning run.Scotland’s crackerjack full-back Stuart Hogg comes from the same bloodline as the Manchester United legend.His links from across the Firth of Clyde to Bestie were only discovered after the Northern Ireland football wizard died in 2005 and Hogg’s dad got a letter to say his son’s great-grandma’s granny was a Best. Keep up to date with ALL the latest Six Nations news, gossip and rumoursAnd once you see 24-year-old Hogg dancing his way through defences, it all makes sense.Former England coach Andy Robinson was Scotland boss when Hogg made his Test debut in 2012.And Robbo, 52, admitted: “If you ever watched George Best, the things that struck me was that smile when he played and his balance.“Look at Stuart Hogg and you can see the similarities.“Hoggy is an entertainer, too. He is a … [Read more...] about England vs Scotland: George Best’s distant relative Stuart Hogg is the smiling assassin out to wreck Red Rose’s winning run
FIFA should “see sense” and drop disciplinary action against England and Scotland for poppy wearing at their Armistice Day clash, says Culture Secretary Karen Bradley.Football’s world governing body charged both countries’ FAs after players wore armbands decorated with the symbol.It said the decision at the Wembley World Cup qualifier on November 11 breached rules concerning political messages.The FAs could be fined or even have World Cup qualifying points deducted. But Mrs Bradley said: “I urge Fifa to see sense and withdraw the threat of sanctions.“If a player wants to wear a poppy, they should be able to do so, as should fans.”England and Scotland defied the governing body in their game, which England won 3-0.The Football Association of Wales (FAW) and Irish Football Association (IFA) have also been charged.The FAW revealed it had been charged over supporters wearing poppies in the crowd during the Wales v Serbia match on November 12. The … [Read more...] about Fifa slammed by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley for disciplinary action against England and Scotland over poppies
ENGLAND and Scotland united in defiance of a potential FIFA ban to remember Britain's fallen heroes.Football's governing body had said that the poppy is a political symbol and wearing it could result in a fine or even a points deduction.But the teams emerged onto the Wembley pitch wearing black armbands with poppies on as they paid tribute to those who died serving the nation.Stand-in manager Gareth Southgate, 46, also wore a poppy armband and another on his jacket. But FA chairman Greg Clarke, 49, was spotted without one.FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn said on Friday: “I had hoped to resolve it quietly but these things never happen quietly. That forced us to be clear about our position, which is we are going to wear them. We think they are interpreting the rules wrongly.“There are bigger things for FIFA to worry about.” Before kick off, players from the two teams and 90,000 fans stood for an emotional minute's silence on a year that marks the 100th … [Read more...] about England and Scotland players wear poppies for Armistace Day despite potential action from FIFA
TONIGHT’S Wembley showdown is only the eighth competitive Auld Enemy clash excluding the Home International Championship and short-lived Rous Cup.Here, SunSport’s IAN PASSINGHAM looks at the historical results of this powderkeg fixture . . .Scotland 0 England 1 (Bentley 63)SCOTLAND snubbed the chance to join England at the World Cup for the first time after this Hampden defeat.With the Home Internationals doubling as qualifying for Brazil, the SFA stubbornly stuck to a pre-tournament pledge to not send a team unless Scotland finished top.Scotland 2 (Brown 7, Ormond 89) England 4 (Broadis 13, Nicholls 50, Allen 68, Mullen 83)A NEW-LOOK England featuring four new caps silenced a 134,544 Hampden crowd in the Three Lions’ first match their 1953 Wembley humiliation by Hungary.With the Home Championship again used for qualification, England finished top ahead – with runners-up Scotland deciding they WOULD go to the finals this … [Read more...] about England vs Scotland: Crunch Wembley showdown is only eighth time sides have met competitively… SunSport recalls the other seven
ENGLAND will kick off their Rugby World Cup campaign against Tonga – as boss Eddie Jones says they have “no excuses” not to win the whole tournament.The Red Rose will take on their Pool C rivals on September 22 after the fixtures for Japan 2019 were announced.Ireland and Scotland face each other in a blockbuster Pool A opener between the home nations rivals on the same day.Warren Gatland’s Wales, meanwhile, come up against improving Georgia on September 23 in Tokyo.Jones’ England are also up against Argentina on October 5 in the capital before completing their fixtures against France in Yokohama a week later.And the Aussie boss said: “I think if you were doing the ideal world and you wanted to set it up, that’s how you want it. So we have no excuses.“You have to win four games and the great thing for us is that we have got really good locations.“I think we have been blessed with the locations and have the advantage of being a a … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup fixtures announced as England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland find out their fate for 2019
Over the past weeks and months in pubs and living rooms across Britain, conversation has been dominated by the Scottish referendum: will they or won't they go independent? "This was a moment where we could have changed history," said pro-independence campaigner and Glasgow resident Claire Stewart. "The eyes of the world have been on Scotland and that in itself has been an electrifying thing." Now, the votes are in, and the question has been answered more decisively than expected: Scotland has voted against ending its 307-year-old union with England and Wales. "I think those of us who were reluctant to see Scotland leave the UK are breathing a collective sigh of relief," said Martin McDonald, a Labour party activist who campaigned for a no vote. "It's a decisive vote in favor of staying in the UK, which means we can avoid a painful and protracted period of recounting votes and recrimination. All in all, I think everyone - yes or no - would agree that this was a real victory for … [Read more...] about Scotland stays, but at what price for Westminster?
Northern Ireland's High Court rejected on Friday a legal challenge to the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union. The case marks the first legal judgment regarding the Brexit referendum, with politicians and markets keeping a keen eye on proceedings. The court in Belfast threw out two parallel claims, both of which rested on Northern Ireland's 1998 Good Friday peace accords, which ended three decades of bloodshed and sectarian fighting . The first claim, brought by a cross-party group of politicians, argued that under the peace agreement Northern Ireland's constitutional arrangements can only be altered with the consent of its residents. The second claim, brought by veteran victims' rights campaigner Raymond McCord, challenged the impact of Brexit on the Northern Ireland peace process. There are fears that Britain's withdrawal from the EU could lead to the reintroduction of border controls with the Republic of Ireland, which is an EU member and not a part of the UK. However, … [Read more...] about Northern Ireland High Court dismisses Brexit challenge