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Six Nations – Round four of the Six Nations European championship for Women and Men continues this weekend. England are the leader in both divisions, and wins against this week’s opponent Wales would continue the road to the title.
Women – The Red Roses are 3-0, and face a Wales side that is 2-1. England defeated Ireland last week, while Wales beat France 10-8. Les Bleues are 2-1, and must win against last place Scotland to set up a finale against England.
Men – The match sets up a replay of the 2015 Rugby World Cup game where Wales prevailed, eliminating England from the quarter-finals. Currently, England are 3-0 while Wales show a 2-0-1 tally, the tie coming from the first game with Ireland. An England win would clinch this year’s championship, no matter what the result of their final contest with France.
Television – Six Nations can be accessed for a fee at beINsports.com.
Aviva Premiership in New Jersey – This Saturday marks the first match of two teams in the English Premiership League when Saracens play London Irish at Harrison, New Jersey, home to the Red Bull soccer team. (PATH goes directly to Harrison from Manhattan.) The game will be the first ever Premiership game played outside the country. As many as 600 to 700 London Irish fans are coming over for the event. It heralds a new initiative to bring first class European professional rugby to the United States. The game begins at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC Sports.
NBC Sports Signs up Aviva Premiership – It was announced that NBC Sports has signed a three-year deal with the Premiership to televise 24 regular season rugby games in 2016-2017, starting this September. The Game of the Week will feature key matchups in the league. NBC Sports has been the broadcaster of the Las Vegas Sevens, the College Rugby Championship, and the Varsity Cup. It is also the Olympic network for Rio this August when it will cover the Men’s and Women’s rugby event.