Rugby Union 2008 Calendar

Here is a run down of the main events going down in Rugby Union during 2008:

Jan 11-13: Heineken Cup & European Challenge Cup, Rd 5.
18-20: Heineken Cup & European Challenge Cup, Rd 6.

Feb 2: RBS Six Nations: Ireland v Italy (Croke Park, 2), England v Wales (Twickenham, 4.30).
3: RBS Six Nations: Scotland v France (Murrayfeld, 3).
9: RBS Six Nations: Wales v Scotland (Millennium Stadium, 2), France v Ireland (Stade de France, 4).
10: RBS Six Nations: Italy v England (Rome, 2.30).
15-16: Super 14 1st round.
23: RBS Six Nations: Wales v Italy (Millennium Stadium, 3), Ireland v Scotland (Croke Park, 5), France v England (Stade de France, 8).

March 8: RBS Six Nations: Ireland v Wales (Croke Park, 1.15), Scotland v England (Murrayfield, 3.15).
9: RBS Six Nations: France v Italy (Stade de France, 3).
15: RBS Six Nations: Italy v Scotland (Rome, 1), England v Ireland (Twickenham, 3), Wales v France (Millennium Stadium, 5).
22: EDF Energy Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-finals (Millennium Stadium): Leicester v Wasps (2.30), Saracens v Neath-Swansea Ospreys (5.15).

April 4-6: Heineken Cup & European Challenge Cup qtr-finals.
12: EDF Cup final (Twickenham).
25-27: Heineken Cup & European Challenge Cup semi-finals.

May 17-18: Guinness Premiership semi-finals (1st v 4th, 2nd v 3rd).
24: Heineken Cup final (Cardiff).
23, 24 or 25 (date & venue tbc): European Challenge Cup final.
23: Super 14 semi-final (1st v 4th).
24: Super 14 semi-final (2nd v 3rd).
31: Guinness Premiership final (Twickenham), Super 14 final (tbc).

June 6-22: IRB U-20 World Ch’ship (Wales).
7: S Africa v Wales (Bloemfontein), New Zealand v Ireland (Wellington).
14: S Africa v Wales (Pretoria), New Zealand v England (Auckland), Australia v Ireland (Wellington).
21: S Africa v Italy (tbc), New Zealand v England (Christchurch).
28: Australia v France (Sydney).

July 5: Australia v France (Brisbane), (tbc) Argentina v Scotland two Tests; Tri-Nations: New Zealand v S Africa (Wellington).
12: Tri-Nations: New Zealand v S Africa (Dunedin).
19: Tri-Nations: Australia v S Africa (Perth).
26: Tri-Nations: Australia v New Zealand (Sydney).

Aug 2: Tri-Nations: New Zealand v Australia (Auckland).
16: Tri-Nations: S Africa v New Zealand (Cape Town).
23: Tri-Nations: S Africa v Australia (Durban).
30: Tri-Nations: S Africa v Australia (Johannesburg).

Sept 6: Guinness Premiership season starts.
13: Tri-Nations: Australia v New Zealand (Brisbane).

Nov (all tbc) 8: England v Pacific Islands (Twickenham).
15: England v Australia (Twickenham).
22: England v South Africa (Twickenham).
Dec 11: University Match (Twickenham).