Six Nations Rugby and its constituent unions and federations has launched the Autumn Nation Cup which will kick off on November 13 to December 6 2020.
The Autumn Nations Cup 2020 will be a unique eight-team competition, involving the Six Nations (England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy) as well as the rugby unions of Georgia and Fiji.
The Cup has been introduced since the traditional Autumn International fixtures would not be possible particularly as a result of travel restrictions preventing certain international teams from competing in scheduled fixtures.
The format for the Autumn Nations Cup will be two pools of four – Group A will include England, Ireland, Wales and Georgia with Group B comprising of France, Scotland, Italy and Fiji.
Ireland and Wales will battle at The Aviva Stadium on Friday 13 while on Saturday England will tackle Georgia for the first time outside the World Cup. The other clash on Saturday will see Italy battle Scotland, while on Sunday France will entertain Fiji.
The Autumn Nations Cup will conclude on the weekend of the 5th and 6th December with a special final round of matches. Based on the pool rankings coming into the final weekend, each team will face off against the team ranked in their same position in the opposite pool, a format which promises some intriguing and unexpected clashes e.g. 1st place Group A v 1st place Group B, 2nd place Group A v 2nd place Group B.