Your guide to this weekend’s big sporting action and how to see it all

Sports fans will be like pigs in the mud this weekend with TV remotes, alarm clocks and Things Blogs will surely come in handy.

There’s plenty of action across the Codes over the next few days, with no fewer than four World Cups at the same time and two in the final stages.

Whether you’re a New Zealand fan or have ties further afield, whether you like your ball oval, round or with a seam, whether you’re a night owl or an early riser, there’s something for you.

So couches, TVs, phones, snacks and drinks, this sports weekend is definitely a big one for you.

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* “It was fun”: Wayne Smith enjoys the Rugby World Cup final in the last dance with the Black Ferns

Friday, November 11, 8:30 a.m

Women’s Rugby League World Cup Pool Match – Kiwi Ferns v Australia, York

Both Trans-Tasman rivals are already in the semi-finals and this final group game will determine first and second place in Group B. Winners meet Papua New Guinea in next Tuesday’s semi-finals and losers face England.

The Kiwi Ferns had 46-0 and 34-4 victories over France and the Cook Islands respectively, while two-time defending champions Jillaroos were more impressive with 92-0 and 74-0 against the same opponent.

Watch on Spark Sport, follow live on Stuff

Saturday, November 12, 8:45 a.m

Men’s Rugby League World Cup Semi-Finals – Kiwis v Australia, Leeds

It’s a blockbuster matchup at Elland Road as the trans-Tasmanian opponents meet in a World Cup semi-final for the first time since 1995 – when the Kangaroos won after extra time.

The Kiwis enter the game from prison with a 24-18 quarter-final win over Fiji, while the Aussies win 48-4 against Lebanon and chase their third consecutive title.

Watch on Spark Sport, follow live on Stuff

The Kiwis aim to topple the Kangaroos in their World Cup semifinals.

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The Kiwis aim to topple the Kangaroos in their World Cup semifinals.

Saturday, November 12, 2:30 p.m

Women’s Football International – Football Ferns v South Korea, Christchurch

As anticipation mounts for next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, the Football Ferns are back on home soil for the first time since 2018.

This is the first of two games against the world No. 17 South Koreans – against whom the Ferns (world No. 22) recorded a 2-0 win and a 2-1 loss against last year – and a chance for Christchurch- Fans to see the national team in action as Garden City doesn’t get World Cup games next year.

Watch on Sky Sport, follow live on Stuff

Saturday, November 12, 4:30 p.m

Rugby World Cup Bronze Final – Canada v France, Auckland

Both teams can count themselves unlucky not to play in the grand final after very temperamental performances in the semi-finals.

Canada kept England honest all along before losing 26-19, while France’s first five-eighth Caroline Drouin will still have nightmares about that missed penalty in death against the Black Ferns.

Watch on Spark Sport, follow live on Stuff

Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m

Rugby World Cup Final – Black Ferns v England, Auckland

The screenwriters have found their dream finale for this historic tournament on New Zealand soil.

Hosts and defending champions face off against the competition’s favourites. England have a world record winning streak of 30 Tests while the Black Ferns will have a new world record crowd of over 40,000 spectators cheering them on at Eden Park.

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Can the Black Ferns shore up their impressive semi-final win by toppling England in the World Cup decider?

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Can the Black Ferns shore up their impressive semi-final win by toppling England in the World Cup decider?

Sunday, November 13, 3:30 p.m

Men’s Rugby League World Cup Semi-Final – England v Samoa, London

This will be a revenge mission for Samoa after being beaten 60-6 by England in the tournament’s opening match a month ago.

With a team comprised of several Penrith Panthers to win the NRL Premiership, the Samoans have since found themselves on good form, beating Tonga 20-18 in a tough quarter-final, while the hosts boast a particularly strong back row and winger Tommy England’s Makinson arrives -Record five tries in 46-6 win over Papua New Guinea.

Watch on Spark Sport

Sunday, November 13, 9 a.m

Men’s Rugby International – France v South Africa, Marseille

This should be a mighty battle between North and South and No. 2 and No. 4 in the world rankings.

France, favorites for next year’s World Cup in their own backyard, managed to slip past the Wallabies 30-29 in Paris last weekend while the Springboks narrowly edged 19-16 against world No. 1 Ireland in Dublin lost.

Watch on Sky Sport

Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m

UFC 281, New York

Israel Adesanya will seek a sixth attempt to defend his UFC middleweight title when he takes on Brazilian nemesis Alex Pereira in what is arguably the toughest test of his tenure. The former kickboxer has already beaten him twice in this discipline in 2016 and 2017.

Three of Adesanya’s City kickboxing-gym mates are also on the stacked card at legendary Madison Square Garden, with lightweights Dan Hooker and Brad Riddell taking on Claudio Puelles and Renato Moicano, respectively, while light-heavyweight Carlos Ulberg takes on Romanian Nicolae Negumereanu in early heats .

Watch on UFC Fight Pass streaming service (early prelims), ESPN (prelims), Sky pay-per-view/Spark Sport (main card), follow live on Stuff

Israel Adesanya faces the toughest test yet of his middleweight title reign.

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Israel Adesanya faces the toughest test yet of his middleweight title reign.

Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m

New Zealand Squash Open, Tauranga

After a long break, the biggest squash tournament on Kiwi soil is back. What was a big part of the calendar in the 1970s and 1980s has not been contested since 1993 (apart from a women’s event in 2009).

Alongside their international rivals, it’s Kiwi stars Joelle King and Paul Coll – the duo who suffered a painful defeat by England in last Sunday’s Nations Cup final – who are top seeded and, should they make it through Saturday night’s semi-finals, decision-makers will be there on Sunday afternoon.

Watch on Sky Sport

Sunday, November 13, 3 p.m

A-League Men – Wellington Phoenix v Western United, Wellington

After their first win of the season, the Phoenix are back home for the second Sunday in a row and will still sniff out many goals against basement dwellers Western United.

The Melbourne champions have collapsed into the new season, conceding a whopping 14 goals in one draw and four losses and conceding a 4-2 home loss to Adelaide United, while the Phoenix will have a boost after their 4-1 win at Macarthur FC .

Watch on Sky Sport, follow live on Stuff

Sunday, November 13, 9 p.m

Men’s T20 World Cup Final – Pakistan v England, Melbourne

The Black Caps may have missed their chance for glory with Pakistan, but the decider at the legendary MCG still promises to be one hell of a spectacle.

After England galloped past India in the second semi-final, 30 years after the ODI World Cup final in which Pakistan triumphed on that very ground, there is another clash as both teams chase their second T20 title.

Watch on Sky Sport, follow live on Stuff

Jos Buttler and Alex Hales blasted England into the T20 World Cup decider with a huge win over India.

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Jos Buttler and Alex Hales blasted England into the T20 World Cup decider with a huge win over India.

Monday, November 14, 3 a.m

Men’s Rugby International – Barbarians v All Blacks XV, London

After making their debut last weekend with an impressive 47-19 win over Ireland A in Dublin, the second-placed Kiwi side have one more game to round off their short tour of Europe.

Interestingly, the Baabaas are coached by Scott Robertson and have a squad that includes a quartet of former All Blacks in Luke Whitelock, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Charlie Ngatai and George Bridge.

Watch on Sky Sport

Monday, November 14, 3 a.m

Men’s Rugby International – Scotland v All Blacks, Edinburgh

Could history finally be on the cards or will there be more pain? Scotland are the All Blacks’ most long-suffering opponents, having never beaten them in 31 ties (two draws) since 1905.

After beating Australia 16-15, Scotland failed to impress in a 28-12 win over Fiji last weekend while the Men in Black clinched a 55-23 victory over Wales. However, New Zealand have only come out on top with five (2017) and eight (2014) points in their last two visits to Murrayfield.

Watch on Sky Sport, follow live on Stuff

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