Rugby Union

7:00pm Saturday 1 December on BBC THREE

Jason Mohammad introduces highlights of today’s Twickenham Test match between England and New Zealand.

England have lost their last nine matches against the All Blacks, and face a daunting task against the 2011 World Cup winners. Graham Henry’s side racked up 16 successive Test wins earlier this year, narrowly failing to equal the record for most victories by a top-tier nation.

They also won the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, the enlarged successor to the Tri-Nations. In contrast, England are a team in transition under coach Stuart Lancaster, who will be looking to build on this year’s promising displays in the Six Nations. Commentary comes from Andrew Cotter and Lawrence Dallaglio.

2:00pm Saturday 1 December on BBC ONE

John Inverdale introduces live coverage of Wales’ clash with Australia at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, where Warren Gatland’s men will hope to conclude their autumn international campaign with a morale-boosting victory against the Wallabies.

The Welsh have lost their last seven Tests against Robbie Deans’ men, including three defeats on Aussie soil this summer. However, those encounters were closely fought affairs, with Australia winning the most recent clash 20-19 in Sydney thanks to a late penalty from Berrick Barnes. Expert analysis comes from Jonathan Davies and Jeremy Guscott, with commentary from Eddie Butler.

5:10pm Saturday 24 November on BBC TWO

John Inverdale is joined by studio guests Adam Jones and Jeremy Guscott for live coverage of Wales against New Zealand from the Millennium Stadium.

Wales have beaten World Cup winners New Zealand just three times in 28 previous attempts. It will be 59 years this December since they last enjoyed that winning feeling against the All Blacks, a 13-8 victory in Cardiff.

The two countries last met in November 2010, with New Zealand emerging 37-25 winners at the Millennium Stadium. Hosea Gear scored two of the All Blacks’ five tries that day. However, it was Kiwi fly-half Dan Carter who stole the show: his 12-point haul was enough for him to become the leading points scorer in Test rugby. Lee Byrne scored Wales’ solitary try, although the boot of Stephen Jones kept Warren Gatland’s men in close contention throughout against the country of the head coach’s birth.

Commentary comes from Eddie Butler and Jonathan Davies.

7:00pm Saturday 24 November on BBC THREE

Jason Mohammad presents highlights of England’s clash with South Africa, while Lawrence Dallaglio casts his expert eye on proceedings.

The two nations are meeting for a fourth time this calendar year, following England’s three Test series with the Springboks in South Africa in June. Stuart Lancaster’s young charges went into the final game of that series 2-0 down, but will take some heart from drawing the last Test in Port Elizabeth 14-14. An early Toby Flood penalty and a Danny Care try gave England an early advantage, but in the end they had to settle for a draw, and in doing so ended a nine-match losing streak against the Springboks, the side who beat them in the 2007 World Cup final.

Commentary comes from Alistair Bruce Ball and Brian Moore.

1:30pm Saturday 24 November on BBC TWO

John Inverdale is joined by Keith Wood and Jeremy Guscott for live coverage as Ireland take on Argentina at the Aviva Stadium.

The Irish are currently enjoying a two-match winning run against Argentina, since the Pumas ended Ireland’s 2007 World Cup dreams in Paris at the group stage.

Both of those subsequent Irish victories have come in front of their passionate home fans – the most recent being a 29-9 victory in November 2010, with Jonathan Sexton’s boot contributing 17 points to add to tries from Stephen Ferris and Gordon D’Arcy. In total, Ireland have hosted Argentina on six previous occasions and have never lost to them on home soil. The Pumas, who went on to finish third in the 2007 World Cup, are always a physical threat and should pose a difficult hurdle for Declan Kidney’s men to negotiate.

Commentary comes from Andrew Cotter and Phillip Matthews.

5:00pm Saturday 17 November on BBC TWO

Gabby Logan is joined by Keith Wood and Jeremy Guscott for live coverage as an Ireland XV take on Fiji at Thomond Park in Limerick.

Remarkably, this will be only the fourth time Ireland have played the Fijians. The previous encounters have all been emphatically won by the Irish, including a 41-6 victory the last time they met in Dublin in 2009.

This match for Ireland is sandwiched between last Saturday’s Test with South Africa and the visit of Argentina on 24th November. The Irish will be desperate to end 2012 on a high after a disappointing year in which the senior side managed just two wins coming into the autumn internationals.

The Fijians arrive in Ireland following their match at Twickenham against England last week.

Eddie Butler is joined in the commentary box by Phillip Matthews.

2:20pm Sunday 12 February on BBC ONE

Jason Mohammad hosts live coverage of the final match of this weekend’s round of Six Nations games, which sees Wales take on Scotland at the Millennium Stadium.

Wales have won seven of their last eight Six Nations meetings with Scotland, including beating them 24-6 at Murrayfield last season and their performance at last year’s World Cup in New Zealand makes them favourites to extend that run today.

But the Scots will be determined to make amends for their last visit to Cardiff, where they led by 10 points with just minutes remaining, only to concede two late tries and leave the Millennium Stadium on the wrong end of a 31-24 scoreline.

Commentary comes from Andrew Cotter and Jonathan Davies, while studio guests include Wales’ record try-scorer Shane Williams, who brought down the curtain on his glittering career at the end of 2011.

7:30pm Saturday 11 February on BBC TWO

John Inverdale hosts live coverage from Paris as France take on Ireland.

Declan Kidney’s side scored three tries to France’s one when the sides met at the Aviva Stadium last year, but still ended up losing the match.

And Ireland do not have a good record in Paris, beating the French there just once in the past 40 years. That famous victory came in 2000, when Brian O’Driscoll scored a hat-trick of tries – the Irish captain has been ruled out of this year’s Six Nations after having shoulder surgery, but the visitors will still be hopeful of landing a rare victory in the French capital.

Commentary comes from Eddie Butler and Brian Moore.

3:30pm Saturday 11 February on BBC ONE

Gabby Logan hosts live coverage of Italy v England from Rome as the second round of Six Nations matches gets under way.

It will be the first-ever Six Nations match at the StadioOlimpico, where Italy will play their home games while the StadioFlaminio undergoes refurbishment.

The Azzurri will be hoping to pick up where they left off in Rome last March, having pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the competition’s history with a thrilling 22-21 win over France in their most recent Six Nations home game. But England has never lost to Italy and were 59-13 winners when the teams met at Twickenham last year, a match in which wing Chris Ashton bagged an historic four tries.

Joining Gabby will be Jeremy Guscott, while match commentary comes from Alastair Eykin and Lawrence Dallaglio.

5.00pm Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November on BBC TWO

Wales face New Zealand and Ireland play Argentina as the autumn international series continues (highlights from England v South Africa can be seen on BBC Three)

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