The inaugural Autumn Nations Cup kicks off on Friday night as the unions count the losses of cancelled summer tours and rescheduled Six Nations matches due to COVID-19.
An elongated international window spells trouble for the PRO14 with sides without their internationals for a further three weeks. While the IRFU received €18m in emergency funding, they necessity for these internationals is clear to see as the union reported a record deficit of €37.5m a matter of weeks before they received the tax payer money.
The FRU has put together a simple guide to the Autumn Nations Cup explaining the format, who will compete and where you can watch it.
Which sides are competing?
Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Italy, Fiji and Georgia.
What is the tournament format?
The eight teams will be split into two groups where the sides will play the teams in the same group once.
Group stage matches will take place over three weekends leaving the . . .