Rugby is taking centre stage in most households again with more competitions starting this weekend.
We have the English Premiership, Guinness PRO14, European Championship, Super Rugby AU and Six Nations currently on the TV but this weekend see the New Zealanders and South Africans are joining.
In New Zealand they will start their second season of Super Rugby Aotearoa and in South Africa we have the pre-season tournament that also kicks off this weekend.
This means that serious plans needs to be made to take control of your remote from this weekend again.
The Guinness Six Nations is back this weekend after a bye week and we have some great test matches to look forward to again.
All the Six Nations matches are live on Super Sport
16:05 – Sat 27 Feb – Italy v Ireland
Italy have shown some improvement under Franco Smit but it will not be easy against an Ireland side who are two losses from two matches, even if Italy are playing at home.
Ireland should win this one and get a ‘w’ behind their name, but they are definitely not in the running for the championship anymore.
18:35 – Sat 27 Feb – Wales v England
This is the big one this weekend when England travel to Wales to face the unbeaten Welsh side.
England had an iffy performance against Italy although they got their bonus point win. They will have to step up this week to another gear against a Wales side that have their tails up.
Wales is never an easy side to play and they have shown in both their first two test matches that they play for 80 minutes so this match will be a cracker.
Many people have joked about the red card wins of Wales but at the end of the day they came from behind each time and played to the rules.
Do not miss this one.
16:50 – Sun 28 Feb – France v Scotland
The Sunday test between France and Scotland is going to be an interesting one with France that will be without some of their stars.
The French team will have a new look to them due to fact that France had five players infected by the COVID-19 virus, but don’t think that this will weaken this team.
They have been the form team for the last 15 months and a team that has been growing as a unit and most properly one of the most dangerous teams in the world today.
Scotland comes off a loss against Wales and will be geared up to put one over the French but they are have to travel to Paris for this one and it is never easy.
The Guinness PRO 14 is heating up with teams now getting to a stage that they must record wins to put them in a place to make the playoffs.
Here is the current standings:
Guinness PRO14 20/21 Conference A
Guinness PRO14 20/21 Conference B
This weekend matches are as follow:
19:25 – Bennetton v Connacht
21:55 – Cardiff v Munster
13:55 – Edinburgh v Scarlets
19:10 – Zebre v Dragons
19:30 – Leinster v Glasgow
English Premiership is also heating up in England with the Bristol Bears leading the pack at the moment followed by Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins.
Here is this weekend matches on the telly:
21:40 – Sale v Exeter
14:55 – Bristol v Leicester
16:55 – Newcastle v Quins
14:55 – Northampton v Bath
Super Rugby AU goes into Round 2 this weekend with the Reds and Brumbies that got wins in Round 1
This weekend we have two matches again in the Australian Super Rugby competition.
10:40 – Reds v Rebels
The Reds comes off a good start to the new season thumping the Waratahs in round 1. This week they host the Rebels who had a bye in round 1.
This will give us an idea where the Rebels is at this season and normally these matches between these two side are close so get yourself ready for some running rugby on Friday
10:40 – Brumbies v Waratahs
The Waratahs will have to pick themselves up after the loss against the Reds in round 1 with the Brumbies waiting for them on Saturday.
Brumbies looks again the team to beat this year and it is not going to be easy for the Tahs away from home. This match is on Saturday.
It is always a treat to see the New Zealand teams in any competition and this season of Super Rugby Aotearoa is set to bring the bar up high again.
The second season of the competition kicks off this weekend and we have again two matches every week to look forward too.
08:00 Highlanders v Crusaders
What a way to start the season with the Crusaders traveling to face the Highlanders in the season opener.
Crusaders, the current champions will be pressed hard this time around from the other teams and maybe the best time to face them is in round 1.
At home the Highlanders have a great record and we can not wait for this to start on Friday.
08:00 Hurricanes v Blues
The Hurricanes will host the Blues on Saturday. The Blues have been the most improved side in last season competition and fans are looking forward to them improving.
The Hurricanes is always one of the dangerous sides in New Zealand but sometimes they are like the French, one week up and one week down.
To get our teams ready for the Rainbow Cup later this year that will start in April, SA Rugby has decided to run a pre-season franchise competition to get our teams ready to face the PRO14 sides.
This competition will start this weekend,
These matches was designed to meet teams high performance needs to prepare for the upcoming season in the background of the pandemic.
The teams will play in a ten-day cycle and not one week to help manage COVID testing protocols.
The eight teams will consist of the seven team that competed in the 2020/21 Carling Currie Cup competition with the EP Elephants joining them.
All the matches will be broadcast o SuperSport.
19:00 Emirates Lions v NNC Pumas
17:15 DHL Stormers v Toyota Cheetahs
15:00 Vodacom Bulls v Eastern Province
17:15 Cell C Sharks v Tafel Lager Griquas
So make sure your garden is done by Friday as you will not have time over the weekend and make sure that the remote management plan is in place.