A truly 'Super Saturday' in prospect for bars
11th June 2014
Sports4Bars looks ahead to what has been dubbed 'Super Saturday' with England's national teams involved in rugby, cricket and football
Bars everywhere will be buzzing on Saturday 14th June with a veritable feast of international sporting action taking place throughout the day, from breakfast time until the early hours of Sunday morning.
First up, at 8.35am on Sky Sports 1, England's rugby heroes will take on the All Blacks in the Second Test of a three-test series. The men in white will be out for revenge after the heartbreaking 20-15 defeat in Auckland last weekend when they outplayed the home side for long stretches, only to concede a late try that sealed the match for New Zealand.
That England managed to run the world champions so close with several first-choice players unavailable for the First Test due to club commitments augurs well for the rest of the series with the Northampton Saints and Saracens contingent entering the fray, including key playmaker Owen Farrell.
Then, with barely a pause for breath, the action switches from Dunedin to North London as England take on Sri Lanka in the third day of the 1st Test at Lord's. It has been a very disappointing 12 months for England and new England coach Peter Moores will be hoping to turn his side's fortunes around as they get used to life without star batsman Kevin Pietersen.
Sri Lanka will certainly be no pushover after showing great form in the shorter versions of the game and have several world-class talents in their squad. It promises to be a fascinating sporting encounter and the coverage begins at 10.30am on Sky Sports 2.
Then, at 4pm on Sky Sports 1, there's more big rugby action as Wales face South Africa in Durban. This is a huge match for Wales as they build towards next year's World Cup and the task of taming the Springboks in their own backyard will be made all the more difficult by the absence of several frontline players from the touring squad. Wales have never beaten South Africa in South Africa and their only Test win against the Springboks came back in 1999 in Cardiff.
Later in the evening, the action moves to Brazil and games from Pool D of the World Cup. First up, on ITV1 at 7.30pm it's Uruguay v Costa Rica and a chance for England fans to check out their pool competition. Or if your customers fancy a spot of rugby, they will be spoilt for choice with Argentina v Ireland on at 7.30pm on Sky Sports 1 and Canada v Scotland being broadcast on BT Sport at 7pm.
And, of course, the live sport doesn't end there with the most anticipated event of the day coming at 11pm as England take on Italy in their World Cup 2014 opener at Arena Amazônia, Manaus. Games just don't get any bigger than this with both sides aiming to seize the initiative and fulfill their World Cup destinies.
The coverage gets underway at 10.20pm on BBC1, rounding off what will undoubtedly be one of the busiest days that pubs and clubs have seen for a long time.