The Autumn Nations Cup is a rugby union competition scheduled to be held in November and December 2020 in place of the usual Autumn internationals series typically held in the same period each year, as many teams are avoiding extended travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rugby’s southern-hemisphere superpowers are certainly sticking to the UK government’s advice.
Usually, at this time of year, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia would migrate north for the autumn Tests.
Not in 2020. The Springboks are confined to barracks. Australia and New Zealand have played each other four times in less than a month in front of home crowds of maskless thousands, with coronavirus cases there relatively low.
And, in their absence, in the north, a new concept has been cooked up: the Autumn Nations Cup.
It is international rugby, but not as we know it.