RUGBY RUGBY RUGBY! The November internationals are tantalisingly close so we are about to be treated to three consecutive Saturdays (and one Sunday depending on how excited you are for Ireland Georgia) of breathtaking and mouthwatering rugby.

It can be tricky negotiating the labyrinth of RTE, BBC and Sky programs to map out your ideal rugby viewing schedule, so we have done it for you.

14.30 – England vs New Zealand on Sky Sports 2

What a treat it is to start the autumn tests with a match that is certain to be repeated in next year’s World Cup final (if you read the Telegraph anyway). The All Blacks have recalled Sonny Bill Williams and he starts at Twickenham against international novice Kyle Eastmond.

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England are weakened by injuries, so like the Ireland match later on in the day, it is hard to see this going any way other than to the southern hemisphere team.

There is just one problem about the 14.30 kickoff…

14.30 – Wales vs Australia on BBC One

NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Whoever makes the schedules for BBC and Sky should be held in two-person stocks (or as many stocks as we need) and pelted with rotten tomatoes, turnips and avocados. There is a big gaping hole at 7.30 for a marquee game to fill and it is massive shame that rugby fans are being forced to choose between two great games.

If you are wily (and I know most of you are) you could put BBC 5live on the wireless and listen to commentary of England vs All Blacks while watching the BBC game. Or if you aren’t a dinosaur, you could get out a laptop and do an ol’ two-screener. The choice is yours.

17.30 – Ireland vs South Africa on Sky Sports 2/RTE 2

Plenty of people have commented under stories over the last few days with a variation of ‘Joe will definitely have an ace up his sleeve’. It is a testament to how successful Schmidt has been that even when we go into a game we have no business winning – South Africa are at full strength! – we still have faith.