How to watch Autumn Nations Cup rugby on Prime Video: What are the matches and fixtures? Who are the pundits?

The Autumn Nations Cup Rugby starts this weekend and BT TV customers can watch the action on Prime Video.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 20 November 2020 - 6.06pm
Prime Video Gabby Logan leads Prime Video's coverage of the Autumn Nations Cup

Amazon Prime Video is the new home of international Rugby Union in November and December with a brand new tournament – the Autumn Nations Cup.

It's the first competitive Autumn international tournament and the first full tournament after a six-month break for international rugby, so fans will be thrilled to see the action over four jam-packed weekends.

What is the Autumn Nations Cup?

The Autumn Nations Cup features Europe's Six Nations, namely England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy and two guest teams: Georgia and Fiji. Every game, apart from Ireland’s three pool matches, will be available exclusively on Prime Video in the UK.

The Ireland pool matches will be shown live on Channel 4.

Prime Video will also co-broadcast the England v Ireland fixture, played at Twickenham, alongside Channel 4.

Ben Morel, CEO Six Nations Rugby said: “We are delighted to welcome Amazon Prime Video on board as a broadcast partner for the Autumn Nations Cup, and to have such a major global player demonstrate their commitment to rugby is a tremendous endorsement for our game.

“We are hugely excited by their initial plans for the Autumn Nations Cup and are confident rugby lovers will thoroughly enjoy the coverage.”

Alex Green, MD Prime Video Sport Europe, said: “It is a unique event bringing a new level of competitiveness to Autumn international rugby and will offer something back to all the fans who have missed top-level rugby. 

“We will be offering mouth-watering clashes featuring the top international teams in the Northern Hemisphere exclusively to UK Prime members at no additional charge to their membership.”

When are the Autumn Nations Cup rugby fixtures and start times?

England and Ireland in action Getty

The tournament starts as a round-robin format featuring two groups, each containing three of the Six Nations teams and one guest team, concluding with a knock-out finals weekend.

Prime Video’s exclusive fixtures will include seismic clashes including Wales v England and England v Ireland as well as all four finals featuring the top performing teams from both groups.

The games will run from Friday November 13 until Sunday December 6.

The full fixture list on Amazon Prime Video and kick-off  times (UK time) is:

Round one

14 November: Group B: Italy v Scotland (Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence) 12:45

14 November: Group A: England v Georgia (Twickenham) 15:00

Round two

21 November: Group A: England v Ireland (Twickenham) 15:00

21 November: Group A: Wales v Georgia (Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli) 17:15

22 November: Group B: Scotland v France (Murrayfield) 15:00

Round three

28 November: Group A: Wales v England (Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli) 16:00

28 November: Group B: France v Italy (Stade de France) 20:00

Finals weekend

5 December: Georgia v TBC (Murrayfield) 12:00

5 December: Ireland v TBC (Aviva Stadium) 14:15

5 December: Wales v TBC (Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli) 16:45

6 December: England v TBC (Twickenham) 14:00

How to watch England v Ireland

Coverage will now begin on Amazon Prime Video from 2pm and will see an hour of build-up to the day, featuring the below talent covering the match:

Gabby Logan, Dylan Hartley, Paul O’Connell and Bryan Habana lead the coverage, while Andrew Cotter, David Flatman and Shane Horgan are in the commentary box.

Viewers can continue watching the main coverage stream to head straight into the Wales v Georgia build-up following this first match.

For those want to just watch Wales v Georgia, individual match coverage will begin following the final whistle in the England v Ireland match, estimated to be 30 minutes before kick-off. Wales v Georgia will kick-off at 5:15pm and will feature build-up from Mark Durden-Smith, Scott Quinnell, Jamie Lyall, Sam Warbuton and Jamie Roberts.

What is PostCAM?

Prime Video’s Autumn Nations Cup coverage will introduce PostCAM, a brand-new innovation that features eight custom cameras to capture close-up shots of the goal line, for a number of the matches at the tournament.

The new broadcast innovation will be installed at Twickenham for all of England’s home matches, including England v Ireland, and will be delivered to the Parc y Scarlets stadium in Llanelli to bring fans at home an up-close experience of one of rugby’s greatest rivalries: Wales v England.

PostCAM will broadcast all of the drama and emotion from along the try-line, including inside and outside of the goalposts, offeringa fresh perspective on competitive international rugby.

Prime Video will use PostCAM footage in both live and replay coverage throughout the test matches, allowing the fans at home and the pundits in the studio to analyse the sport like never before. PostCAM consists of two 1080p 3G POV minicams installed at the in-goal side of each goal post just below the crossbar, with eight cameras in total.

PostCAM operators will remotely pan and tilt the cameras for maximum coverage, offering dynamic match footage that is in-sync with the action.

Who are the presenters and pundits on the Autumn Nations Cup?

Autumn Nations Cup airs on Amazon Prime Video in November

The tournament will be presented by Gabby Logan and Mark Durden-Smith.

Match commentators will include Ross Harries, Ayo Akinwolere, Conor McNamara, Ander Cotter, Nick Heath and Jamie Lyall.

And the pundits offering their expertise include Bryan Habana, John Barclay, Scott Quinnell, Sam Warburton, Paul Grayson, Dylan Hartley, Rory Lawson, Topsy Ojo and many more.

What are the team most excited to watch this autumn?

David Flatman:

"Lots of interesting narratives to pick up on – like can Wales recover? Can they recover quick enough? Welsh rugby is a national sport, so actually can Welsh rugby recover – I think it can. Irish Rugby is in a fascinating place. People will want the French resurgence to continue.

"Then the whole English piece is interesting. People were underwhelmed by the first half against Italy. But I think England will want to kick on. Georgia is interesting too. If you put Georgia against England at Twickenham, I think they’ll get badly beaten but I guess we’ll find out."

Serge Betsen:

"I'm really excited to see France star in the Autumn Nations Cup. I’m excited to see if France can continue playing the way they did in their last game against Ireland. Winning that game was phenomenal as even though we didn’t win the tournament there was lots of positives to take out the competition."

John Barclay:

"Technically England have to be favourites. Everyone’s got their own motivations going in. Wales have got a lot to prove off the back of what they’ll view as a very disappointing Six Nations. [England] In my opinion would be the team to beat."

How to watch Amazon Prime Video on BT TV

Amazon Prime Video is the home of award-winning drama and entertainment, including Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, action thriller Hanna, comic book satire The Boys and the award-winning comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

You can now pay for BT TV and Prime Video on the same bill – making things much simpler.

New to Prime Video? You now can add it to your BT TV package online, via contact centres and in BT stores.

Activate your Prime Video account by following the instructions on your BT Order Confirmation email. Current BT customers adding Prime Video can also do it by using your My BT account.

New BT TV customers don't need to wait for an engineer to install your TV and broadband to start watching Prime Video. You can watch all their incredible sport and entertainment on the Prime Video app straight away on any compatible smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV.

What other sport can you watch on Amazon Prime Video?

The line-up of live sports on Prime Video also includes upcoming Premier League football matches in December and ATP, WTA and US Open Tennis in the UK plus NFL Thursday Night Football games.

And don’t forget, you can also watch Amazon Original sports documentaries including All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur, Andy Murray: Resurfacing, tennis film, Unraveling Athena, Take Us Home: Leeds United and F1 star Fernando Alonso’s Fernando.

On BT TV you can now get BT Sport, NOW TV Sky Sports Pass and Amazon Prime Video and you won’t miss a second the live Premier League action.

Find out more about how you can watch it all on BT TV >

Finding Prime Video on your BT TV box

Press the YouView button your remote, scroll across to ‘Apps', press the Amazon Prime Video logo and just sign in to start enjoying popular movies, TV series, award winning Amazon Originals and live sports.

Your biggest decision now? How to choose from the hundreds of films and TV shows on Amazon Prime Video.

Find out what’s hot in our monthly guide to 'What’s new on Amazon Prime Video'.

You can use the universal Search feature on your BT TV box to search for film and TV on all of your TV channels and apps, including Freeview, BT TV, and Amazon Prime Video.

As soon as you start watching, Amazon will start to make recommendations based on what you watch and the ratings you choose to give to films and shows.

You can add your favourite shows to My List and you can also use Amazon’s own Search feature.