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  • Ireland’ autumn internationals announced
  • Wales’ autumn opponents revealed
  • F1 Azerbaijan Review
  • Joshua & Wilder on collision course

Rugby

Ireland Guinness Series 2018

Ireland have announced the opponents they will face in Dublin this autumn during the Guinness Series 2018.

The autumn internationals are always hotly anticipated international fixtures, but the 2018 series has the extra dimension of being one of the final opportunities for Ireland to test themselves against Southern Hemisphere opposition before the Rugby World Cup 2019 gets underway in Japan.

Ireland kick off the Guinness against Argentina, before hosting World Champions New Zealand and finally the USA at the Aviva Stadium.

Demand for the All Blacks is sky high and official IRFU Aviva Stadium hospitality is already limited for this fixture in particular, so get in touch to secure your VIP seats.

Wales set for tough 2018 Autumn Tests

The Principality Stadium will host four Wales Rugby Internationals this November as part of the Under Armour Series 2018.

Welsh fans can look forward to an action-packed month of rugby this autumn following the announcement that Wales will face four opponents in the autumn internationals.

The Under Armour Series begins with a unique match against rivals Scotland, before the arrival of the Southern Hemisphere giants.

Next up is Australia, who resume their fierce rivalry with Wales, before Tonga and finally South Africa take to the Pitch in Cardiff.

The visit of the Wallabies and the Springboks will prove an excellent test of Welsh mettle and the sides progress ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2019, but Scotland and Tonga will each prove to be tough adversaries for Wales this autumn.

Rugby at its finest await this autumn so make sure to visit the Principality Stadium this autumn for world class official WRU Hospitality available throughout the Under Armour Series 2018.

Motor Sport

F1 Chaos on the streets of Baku

Lewis Hamilton took an unlikely victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in what was one of the most chaotic races in recent memory.

The tight and twisting turns of the Baku Street Circuit have witnessed some spectacular races since its addition to the Formula 1 calendar, but none more so than the 2018 Grand Prix, which was littered with safety cars, spectacular crashes, team-mate collisions and blistering wheel-to-wheel action.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel looked set to turn the race into a procession, before a slice of luck with the timing of a safety car handed Mercedes the advantage, putting Valtteri Bottas taking the lead of the race.

The safety car was sent out as a result of a collision between Red Bull team-mates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, having battled ferociously with each other for 40 laps, which ultimately and inevitably ended in contact between the two stars on the start/finish straight.

At the restart Vettel, in an attempt to retake the lead, out-braked himself going into turn one locking up and running deep into the corner which allowed his championship rival Hamilton to pass him for second place.

Vettel badly flat-spotted his front tyre’s during the incident, making forward progress nigh on impossible in the Ferrari, leaving a Mercedes one-two up front, despite not showing their usual race-winning pace.

Hamilton’s victory makes it three different winners from the first four races of the season in 2018; a testament to the unpredictability and competitiveness of the modern Formula 1 era.

Boxing

Joshua dominates Parker at the Principality

Boxing fans from around the world descended on the Principality Stadium for one the most eagerly anticipated boxing showdowns of the year.

A gruelling tactical affair ensued inside the ropes which seemed to play into Anthony Joshua’s hands. Although Joshua’s chin was never seriously tested by Joseph Parker, the Kiwi never gave the British-born Joshua a moment to relax in the ring and his ring craft came to the fore, proving his he is as tactically astute and not just a formidably powerful puncher.

The fight went the full distance with Joshua eventually winning comfortably on points, but the bout will have served AJ well in his pursuit of unifying the heavyweight division.

In the aftermath of the fight Joshua signalled to Deontay Wilder, holder of the only heavyweight in the division not in AJ’s collection,  for the two to meet in the ring in what would be an historic bout – one which would see the victor be crowned the unified heavyweight champion of the world.

A spanner in the works may prove to be Povetkin, who KO’d David Price on the undercard, instantaneously becoming the mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua – a fight that may well take precedence over any Wilder unification bout.

Early talks have begun between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder’s management teams but progress on a finalised is slow as both parties try to negotiate the vast sums of money at stake. For boxing fans eager to the fight made see one thing is for sure – sparks will fly when AJ and the Bronze Bomber finally go toe-to-toe under the lights.

 

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