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About the Competition

About the Competition

The Autumn Nations Cup will be played from 13 November to 6 December 2020 across Europe. England, Fiji, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales will all compete over four weekends.

 

Format:

The format for the Autumn Nations Cup will be two pools of four – Group A will include England, Georgia, Ireland and Wales, while Group B will feature Fiji, France, Italy and Scotland.

Each team will play the other three teams in their respective Group over three consecutive weekends. A week after, the Autumn Nations Cup enters the ‘Finals Weekend’ with each team playing a team from the other Group. In the Finals Weekend, each team will play the same ranked team in the other group – first in Group A v first in Group B, second in Group A v second in Group B, third in Group A v third in Group B and fourth in Group A v fourth in Group B. This will determine the overall standings of the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup.

 

Match Points and Bonus Points:

The following points will be awarded based on the results of each Match (such points to be referred to as ‘Match Points’ to distinguish them from points scored on the field of play):

  • the team that wins a Match will be awarded four Match Points or (if it scores four tries or more in the process) five Match Points;
  • the team that loses a Match will be awarded no Match Points or (if it scores four tries or more in the process or loses by a margin of seven points or fewer) one Match Point or (if it scores four tries or more in the process and loses by a margin of seven points or fewer) two Match Points; and
  • teams that draw a Match will each be awarded two Match Points and any of them that scores four tries or more in the process will be awarded a further one Match Point.

 

The Table and Final Standings:

At the end of the three pool Matches, the ranking positions will be decided as follows:

  • For each pool, the Union with the highest number of Match Points will be placed first in its pool and the other Unions from the same pool placed in descending order according to the Match Points awarded.
  • If two or more Unions in the same pool finish the pool Matches with the same number of Match Points, they will be placed according to the difference between the total points scored and the total points conceded on the field of play in all Matches. If any such Unions also have the same points difference, they will be placed according to the number of tries (including penalty tries) scored by each such Union in all Matches. If any such Unions have also scored the same number of tries (including penalty tries), then the Union that has conceded the fewest number of penalties during the Tournament shall prevail. If two Participating Unions are still tied, then the Participating Union whose team is ranked highest in the official World Rugby rankings as at 12 November 2020 shall prevail.

 

  • Based on the ranking positions from the pool stage, the Participating Unions will play as follows:

(a)            The Unions ranking fourth in each pool will play one another in a play-off to determine the 7th/8th finish.

(b)           The Unions ranking third in each pool will play one another in a play-off to determine the 6th/5th finish.

(c)            The Unions ranking second in each pool will play one another in a play-off to determine the 4th/3rd finish.

(d)           The Unions ranking first in each pool will play one another in a play-off to determine the 1st/2nd finish.

 

For the current Autumn Nations Cup standings, click here

 

A Tied Match:

In the event of a tie at full-time in a play-off Match, the teams will be placed according to the number of tries (including penalty tries) scored by each such team in the play-off Match. If the teams have scored the same number of tries (including penalty tries), then the team that has conceded the fewest number of penalties during the play-off Match shall prevail.  If two Participating teams are still tied, then the Participating team whose team is ranked highest in the official World Rugby rankings as at 12 November 2020 shall prevail.