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June: Ones to Watch

31st May 2016

Sports4Bars.com looks ahead to the key live sporting fixtures coming up in June, including the start of Euro 2016 and some big rugby ties

Friday June 3
6.30pm
Sky Sports 2 HD
NatWest T20 Blast: Lancashire v Yorkshire
A Roses battle in the county Twenty20 competition as Lancashire Lightning attempt to become the first club to defend the title they won in style last season, beating Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the Final.

Saturday June 11
7am
Sky Sports 1
International Rugby: Australia v England, 1st Test
Action from the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane as Grand Slam champions England take on 2015 World Cup Finalists Australia in the first of three Tests.


Saturday June 11

5pm
BBC1
Euro 2016: Wales v Slovakia
It was a major achievement by Wales to qualify for the Euro finals but they will not want to rest on their laurels and will be aiming to progress to the knockout stages. Slovakia are currently ranked 26th in the FIFA World Rankings and could well pose some problems for Chris Coleman’s men.


Saturday June 11

8pm
ITV1
Euro 2016: England v Russia
England begin their Euro 2016 campaign with a Group B tie against Russia in Marseille. Russia failed to make it out of the group stages in 2012.


Sunday June 12

7pm
Sky Sports F1 HD
F1: Canadian Grand Prix
Canada hosts the latest leg of the Formula 1 system. Last year saw Lewis Hamilton winning the race from pole position ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg.


Monday June 13

5pm
BBC1
Euro 2016: Republic of Ireland v Sweden
There have been plenty of bright performances from Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland team both during the qualification campaign and in the friendly encounters since. A key man in the Euros is likely to be Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City, a highly skilled midfielder.


Thursday June 16

2pm
BBC1
Euro 2016: England v Wales
A massive game for both teams as they plot their escape from Pool B. England will have their work cut out to keep a close watch on Wales’ Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale who was in inspirational form during his team’s qualification campaign.


Thursday June 16

5pm
ITV1
Euro 2016: Ukraine v Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland are in confident mood ahead of the Euros, having recently enjoyed a 10-match unbeaten streak, the longest in the country’s history, and will be aiming to reach the knockout stages.


Thursday June 16

5pm
Sky Sports
Golf:US Open
The second golf major of the year takes place at Oakmont, Pennsylvania, as 2015 winner Jordan Spieth returns to defend his title. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is still flying high in the World Rankings and is sure to feature strongly in the tournament.


Saturday June 18

7am
Sky Sports 1
International Rugby: Australia v England, 2nd Test
England head to Melbourne for the 2nd Test against the Wallabies. There is sure to be plenty of hype surrounding the battle of the back rows given the reputation of the Wallaby loose trio, not least openside flanker David Pocock who was one of the most influential players during the 2015 World Cup. England will need to counter his work at the breakdown.


Saturday June 18

2pm
ITV1
Euro 2016: Belgium v Republic of Ireland
The Republic will be highly wary of a Belgium team containing several big-name players, including Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.


Sunday June 19

2pm
Sky Sports F1 HD
F1: European Grand Prix
This season sees Azerbaijan become the latest addition to the F1 calendar with capital city Baku playing host to what claims to be the fastest street circuit of the season.


Monday June 20

8pm
ITV1
Euro 2016:Russia v Wales
This is Wales’ final Group B game and they will hope to progress to the Round of 16.


Monday June 20

8pm
ITV1
Euro 2016:Slovakia v England
England should have enough firepower to see off a relatively young Slovakia side. A danger man will midfielder Marek Hamsik.


Tuesday June 21

5pm
BBC
Euro 2016:Northern Ireland v Germany
Northern Ireland face a tough tie against reigning World Champions Germany but will not be daunted by the plethora of household names in the opposition ranks.


Saturday June 25

7am
Sky Sports 1
International Rugby: Australia v England, 3rd Test
The Sydney Football Stadium is the venue for England’s third and final Test against Australia. Can England pull off a famous series win?


Also coming up...

Friday June 3
7pm
Sky Sports 1 HD
World Cup of Darts

Saturday June 4
5.30pm
Sky Sports 2 HD
NatWest T20 Blast: Leicestershire v Durham


Saturday June 4
7pm
Sky Sports 5 HD
Greyhound Racing: William Hill Derby Final


Thursday June 9
8pm
Sky Sports
Super League: Castleford Tigers v Widnes Vikings


Friday June 10
8pm
ITV1
Euro 2016: France v Romania


Thursday June 16
8pm
Sky Sports
Super League: Widnes Vikings v Wigan Warriors


Thursday June 30
8pm
Sky Sports
Super League: Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC


Saturday June 25
2pm
ITV1/BBC1
Euro 2016: Round of 16 

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