Saturday 11th November 2017

Event of the day

Our event of the day 
is the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. This is the first of four home tests, known as the Under Armour Series, Wales will play this autumn - the following games are against Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa. Today is a great opportunity for Wales to take revenge on the Wallabies, who have won the last 12 test matches between the sides - Wales’ last victory was all the way back in November 2008. In the last meeting between the teams last autumn, Australia won convincingly 32-8 which included a stunning performance from Australian fly-half Bernard Foley.  

A cause for concern inside the Welsh team today is the absence of injured British and Irish Lions players, Justin Tipuric and captain Sam Warburton. Their hopes of victory are still very much alive however with Taulupe Faletau and Jonathan Davies in excellent form. There is a first start at centre for Owen Williams, and Sam Cross and Josh Navidi form a new look back row along with Faletau. For Australia, coach Michael Cheika brings back Will Genia and Foley, who both missed the 63-30 victory over Japan last weekend. Watch out for the Australian centre partnership of Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani who both impressed against Japan, scoring five tries between them. It should be a thrilling clash for the James Bevan Trophy.
Honourable mentions
around the globe go to the clash at Twickenham Stadium in London between England and Argentina. In other Autumn internationals, Ireland face South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, while France host New Zealand at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris. The second round of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup continues at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre in Manchester. At the North Sydney Oval, the CommBank Woman’s Ashes 2017 continues into the third day with Australia 103 runs behind with 5 wickets remaining. Denmark take on the Republic of Ireland in the first leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Telia Parken in Copenhagen. In tennis, the women’s teams of Belarus and USA will battle it out for the Fed Cup trophy at the Chizhovka Arena in Minsk. It’s the final day of the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals for men’s players under the age of 21. The group matches start at the PDC 2017 Grand Slam of Darts tournament at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall. In the Rugby League World Cup 2017, New Zealand host Tonga at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. In NBA action the Houston Rockets meet the Memphis Grizzlies at the Toyota Center in Houston, while in the NHL, the St. Louis Blues host the New York Islanders at the Scottrade Center.
Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!
Photos by Principality Stadium

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