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The weekend sport: England in football and rugby action

By Liam Coleman contact

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Pitch picture: Wayne Rooney will be starting for England against Scotland
Pitch picture: Wayne Rooney will be starting for England against Scotland

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The best of the weekend's sport to screen in the pub sees England strut their stuff in both football and rugby union.

Football: England v Scotland (Friday, 7.45pm) - ITV

Friday night is usually a time for people to take their mind off the world by making the most of their local. This week will be no different and there is the added bonus of two home nations playing each other in a World Cup qualifier to also draw customers in. Some in the pub will be absorbed by the match, some will just be looking to enjoy the pub on a Friday, so pubs will need to have the right balance for the volume and intrusiveness of the match.

Rugby union: England v South Africa (Saturday, 2.30pm) - Sky Sports 1

Less than a year since he was appointed as England manager, Eddie Jones has transformed the team. It has won nine matches on the spin and go into the autumn internationals full of confidence. They will need that confidence because they have not beaten South Africa in their previous 11 attempts. This is a South Africa side for the taking though and there is likely to be a raucous atmosphere in the pub cheering England on.

Rugby union: Scotland v Australia (Saturday, 2.30pm) - BBC

At the same time as England's match, Scotland will be taking on Australia in a re-run of last year's remarkable World Cup quarter final. There will be people that want to watch this match instead of the England one so make sure that you have planned out specific areas of your venue for each match, if you have multiple screens, to compensate for supporters of both nations.

Formula 1: Brazilian Grand Prix (Saturday, 4pm for qualifying and Sunday, 4pm for the race) - Sky Sports F1

The weekend ends with a trip to Interlagos for Formula 1's least predictable race of the year. Nico Rosberg could sew up the title with a victory, but it is never that simple at the Brazilian Grand Prix. In the absence of Premier League football on a Sunday afternoon, because of the international break, this is the central sport for Sunday afternoons in the pub.

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