We’re now in the end-of-year period when rugby events become few and far between for southern hemisphere fans. Locally, there is, as far as we can tell, absolutely nothing. Even PRO14, the English Premiership and French Top 14 are paused for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup knock-out tournaments.
However, the second tier competitions in England (Championship) and France (Pro D2) continue this weekend. And the same pattern repeats itself next weekend with the only fixtures of direct local interest set for Saturday 30 November (see alongside).
Other than that we have two rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in December (Dubai 5-7) and (Cape Town 13-15). And that’s it for local rugby fans so we’ve opted to take an early break this year to recharge the batteries, making this our last full newsletter of 2019. We may do single story bulletins between now and when we return in full force on Friday 24 January. Cheers.