After the drama of the Lions tour, the Home Nations are set to go head-to-head with the Southern Hemisphere's best again.

The Autumn Internationals kick-off next week, giving pubs a great chance to bring customers in from the cold for one for the nation's second favourite sport.

And it should drive business with data from beer-flow monitors Vianet indicating pubs that showed the first Lions Test received a 240 per cent uplift in beer sales compared to those that weren't.

This year Scotland and Wales matches will be shown on BBC with Sky screening England and Ireland games.

Sky Sport's head of rugby Gus Williamson says there are two major reasons for the popularity of the fixtures.

He said: "Firstly we get to benchmark the best two teams in the Northern Hemisphere: England and Ireland against the best of the South Hemisphere. The Six Nations is a great tournament but the Autumn Tests are a better measure of where England and Ireland are 2 years out from a World Cup.

And secondly, the clocks have gone back, the weather's turned – so what better way to spend a November Saturday than in a pub or at home watching top notch sport."

 

 

Autumn Internationals

Saturday November 11
• England v Argentina, 3pm
• Ireland v South Africa, 5.30pm
Sky Sports

• Scotland v Samoa, 2.30pm
• Wales v Australia, 5.15pm
BBC

Saturday November 18
• England v Australia, 3pm
• Ireland v Fiji, 5.30pm
Sky Sports

• Scotland v New Zealand, 2.30pm
• Wales v Georgia, 5.15pm
BBC

Saturday November 25
• England v Samoa, 3pm
• Ireland v Argentina, 5.30pm
Sky Sports