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Sunday night is rugby night this week with the Rugby Championship New Zealand V Argentina from 6.30pm and South Africa V Australia from 9.30.  The following weekend we move back to Saturday with Australia V South Africa from 6.30pm and Argentina V New Zealand, from 9.30 – all on Sky Sport 1 and streaming on Sky GO and Sky Sport.  Delayed coverage of both All Blacks matches will be available on Prime.

The French Top 14 is well underway with a few Kiwis making their ‘marque’ on the comp including Lima Sopoaga, Teariki Ben-Nicholas and Ngani Laumape. Next week we’re hooking into the Gallagher Premiership.

NRL – well it’s finals time.  Sadly it’s without the Vodafone Warriors but there will be some momentous battles for the title in 2021.  The Sky team has this week’s ‘keynote speakers’ as the Melbourne Storm v the Sea Eagles, and ‘quote / unquote’ Tom Trbojevic is a shoo-in for the prized Dally M.

Here’s how it all rolls out on Sky Sport 4. Manly Sea Eagles v Melbourne Storm, Friday, 10 Sep, 9pm.  Sydney Roosters v Gold Coast Titans, Saturday, 11 Sep, 6.30pm followed by Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs at 9.35pm.  Then Sunday it’s the Parramatta Eels v Newcastle Knights from 5pm.

NFL – the season kicks off in style with the next phase of our brilliantly artistic campaign, this time featuring Blair Sayer’s work.  He’s profiling Brady, Mahomes and Rodgers.

The Buccaneers face the Dallas Cowboys, ESPN, from 12.15 this Friday.  Suggest you get together an American inspired lunch and enjoy for a couple of hours.  For background, get stuck into a reality series by the NFL and HBO ‘Hard Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys’ streaming on Sky Go and Sky Sport Now.

Cricket – plenty on the pitch from the Caribbean Premier League, Ireland at home to Zimbabwe and the Marsh One Day Series.  Check your guide for details as matches range across (mainly) Sky Sport 3 and Sky Sport 2 and of course, streaming on Sky Go and Sky Sport Now.

The US Open continues also on ESPN with more than a few upsets and some exciting new faces on centre court.  Leylah Fernandez backed up her win over Naomi Osaka with a victory over Germany's Angelique Kerber to advance to the Quarter Finals! It appears Mr Djokovic has re-discovered his mojo too!

Football – a lot. In amongst MLS, Bundesliga, SPFL, EFL, Serie A, Ligue 1 and LaLiga, there are so many World Cup qualifiers on the roster. England are next up against Poland on Thursday at 6.40am, perfect with a cuppa.  Check your TV guide for details – matches are primarily on Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports with a few games on Sky Sport 1, 2 and 9 because there is SO much live content.  Naturally they are all streaming on Sky Go and Sky Sport Now.

FIFA Wc 2022 Qualifiers Live: Spain V Georgia

Monday

06 Sep 2021

06:35

LIVE: AFC WCQ Vietnam v Australia

Tuesday

07 Sep 2021

23:50

LIVE: UEFA WCQ Azerbaijan v Portugal

Wednesday

08 Sep 2021

03:50

FIFA Wc 2022 Qualifiers Live: Croatia V Slovenia

Wednesday

08 Sep 2021

06:35

FIFA Wc 2022 Qualifiers Live: Austria V Scotland

Wednesday

08 Sep 2021

06:35

FIFA Wc 2022 Qualifiers Live: Republic Of Ireland V Serbia

Wednesday

08 Sep 2021

06:35

FIFA Wc 2022 Qualifiers Live: France V Finland

Wednesday

08 Sep 2021

06:35

LIVE: UEFA WCQ Netherlands v Turkey

Wednesday

08 Sep 2021

06:40

LIVE: UEFA WCQ Armenia v Liechtenstein

Thursday

09 Sep 2021

03:50

FIFA Wc 2022 Qualifiers Live: Belarus V Belgium

Thursday

09 Sep 2021

06:35

FIFA Wc 2022 Qualifiers Live: Italy V Lithuania

Thursday

09 Sep 2021

06:35

FIFA Wc 2022 Qualifiers Live: Kosovo V Spain

Thursday

09 Sep 2021

06:35

LIVE: UEFA WCQ Poland v England

Thursday

09 Sep 2021

06:40

LIVE: CONMEBOL WCQ Uruguay v Ecuador

Friday

10 Sep 2021

10:22

LIVE: CONMEBOL WCQ Brazil v Peru

Friday

10 Sep 2021

12:25

LIVE: WCQ Belarus v Wales

Monday

06 Sep 2021

00:50

LIVE: WCQ England v Andorra

Monday

06 Sep 2021

03:55

LIVE: WCQ Switzerland v Italy

Monday

06 Sep 2021

06:40

LIVE: WCQ Paraguay v Colombia

Monday

06 Sep 2021

09:52

LIVE: WCQ Peru v Venezuela

Monday

06 Sep 2021

12:52

 

Motorsport – make next Monday and the one following more palatable with the Great Scotts on your playlist in two IndyCar events in quick succession. There’s the Grand Prix of Portland (Mon Sep 13) followed by the Grand Prix of Monterey (Mon Sep 20), start time of 7am, live on Sky Sport 5.

Golf – bit on up in the Northern Hemisphere primarily with the PGA European Tour BMW PGA Championship, PGA European Tour Dutch Open, LPGA Cambia Portland Classic, and sponsored by one of the All Blacks new signings, the PGA Tour Fortinet Championship. Sky Sport 6 with a smattering on Sky Sport 2. Check guide for details.

Darts! We have the World Cup of Darts 2021 starting at 5am on September 10. We’ll carry all the crazy haircuts and loud shirts you can handle on Sky Sport 2 until 13th September. The PDC World Cup of Darts is a team darts tournament, two darts players from one nation team up to play for the title.

Sail GP – this weekend sees the Kiwis fly on the water in France in the next round of this exciting event. We’re in that (more recently) unfamiliar position of being behind Jimmy Spithill but we’re moving up the ladder. It’s our first year in this competition and there’s much to be learned by the men and women in the New Zealand squad. From 11.30pm this Saturday evening, Sky Sport 3.

 

LOOKING AHEAD AT SOME BIG HIGHLIGHTS

The BLACKCAPS are up against Pakistan with two ODIs next weekend, live on Sky Sport (3 (17th) and 2 (19th) from 9.20 pm both days.  We’re up for the banter – are you?  Of course, also streaming on Sky Go and Sky Sport Now.

The world’s biggest triathlon event hits the water next weekend in Hamburg featuring Kiwis Nicole van der Kaay, Ainsley Thorpe, Saxon Morgan, Trent Thorpe and Dylan Mccullough.  Sky’s coverage starts Sunday, 19 September from 1.30am.

Sadly our medal winning teams won’t be at upcoming HSBC Sevens events in Vancouver (Sunday 19 and Monday 20) and Edmonton, but no doubt they’ll be watching from Aotearoa to see how their competition shapes up for 2022 and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in particular.

The Davis Cup – yes, it’s NZL v KOR, but playing in the USA in Newport, Rhode Island (otherwise known as the original home of the America’s Cup). Team to be announced for matches across 17 – 18 September EST in the US and the 18th and 19th here in NZ!

The Rip Curl WSL Finals will be on air all next week on Sky Sport 1 Pop-up and also the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championship.

9/6/21