Calendar Keynotes: 11-13 October

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Ireland v Samoa. Photo Irish Times

Friday, 11 October   

Rugby Union: World Cup – Pool D, Australia v Georgia. Premiership Rugby Cup – Gloucester v Bath.

Football: European Championship qualifying (major nations) – Group A, Czech Republic v England, Montenegro v Bulgaria, Group B, Portugal v Luxembourg, Group H, Iceland v France, Turkey v Albania.

Formula One – Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka (till 13 October).

Cricket: India v South Africa, 2nd Test, Pune, India (India lead three-Test series 1-0 – till 14 October).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Houston Open, Golf Club of Houston, Texas, US (till 13 October), PGA European Tour, Italian Open, Olgiata GC, Rome, Italy (till 13 October).

Tennis: ATP Rolex Shanghai Masters, Shanghai, China  (till 13 October), WTA Tianjin Open, Tianjin, China (till 13 October).

Gymnastics: World Gymnastics Championships, Stuttgart, Germany (till 13 October).

Saturday,12 October  

Rugby Union: World Cup – Pool A, Ireland v Samoa, Pool B, New Zealand v Italy (CANCELLED), Pool C, England v France (CANCELLED). Premiership Rugby Cup – Exeter Chiefs v Bristol, Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints, London Irish v Sale, Saracens v Harlequins, Wasps v Worcester Warriors. French Top 14 – Bayonne v Montpellier, Toulouse v Castres, La Rochelle v Brive, Lyon v Pau, Racing 92 v Agen.

Football: European Championship qualifying (major nations) – Group J, Bosnia-Herzegovina v Finland, Greece v Italy, Group D, Georgia v Republic of Ireland, Denmark v Switzerland, Group F, Faroe Islands v Romania, Malta v Sweden, Norway v Spain.

Formula One – Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka (till 13 October).

Cricket: India v South Africa, 2nd Test, Pune, India (India lead three-Test series 1-0 – till 14 October).

Rugby League: Super League Grand Final – St Helens v Salford Red Devils, Old Trafford Manchester, UK.

Golf: USPGA Tour, Houston Open, Golf Club of Houston, Texas, US (till 13 October), PGA European Tour, Italian Open, Olgiata GC, Rome, Italy (till 13 October).

Tennis: ATP Rolex Shanghai Masters, Shanghai, China  (till 13 October), WTA Tianjin Open, Tianjin, China (till 13 October).

Gymnastics: World Gymnastics Championships, Stuttgart, Germany (till 13 October).

Cycling: UCI World Tour – Il Lombardia, Italy.

Sunday, 13 October

Rugby Union: World Cup – Pool A, Japan v Scotland, Pool B, Namibia v Canada, Pool C, United States v Tonga, Pool D, Wales v Uruguay. French Top 14 – Stade Francais v Toulon, Bordeaux Begles v Clermont Auvergne.

Football European Championship qualifying (major nations) – Group C, Belarus v Netherlands, Estonia v Germany, Group E, Hungary v Azerbaijan, Wales v Croatia, Group Group G, Poland v Macedonia, Slovenia v Austria, Group I, Kazakhstan v Belgium, Cyprus v Russia, Scotland v San Marino.

Formula One – Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka (race day).

Cricket: India v South Africa, 2nd Test, Pune, India (India lead three-Test series 1-0 – till 14 October).

Golf: USPGA Tour, Houston Open, Golf Club of Houston, Texas, US (final day), PGA European Tour, Italian Open, Olgiata GC, Rome, Italy (final day).

Tennis: ATP Rolex Shanghai Masters, Shanghai, China (final day), WTA Tianjin Open, Tianjin, China (final day).

Gymnastics: World Gymnastics Championships, Stuttgart, Germany (final day).

Cycling: UCI Europe Tour – Paris-Tours Elite, France.