The Six Nations sets the tone in the second month of the year as the rugby internationals get underway on the 1st.
February 2020 serves up a feast of sport that includes the Australian Open, Super Bowl LIV and the return of the Champions League.
Here’s a round-up of just some of the month’s selected highlights…
Sports Events February 2020 Calendar
1st: Six Nations: Wales vs Italy; Ireland vs Scotland
2019 Grand Slam winners Wales kick off proceedings in this year’s Six Nations as they take on an Italy team looking for a first win in the competition since 2015. Ireland will be looking to get off to a strong start at home to Scotland after an underwhelming 2019 campaign that saw them finish third after a clean sweep the year before.
1st: Australian Open Final (Women’s Singles)
The season’s first Grand Slam winner will be crowned on the Rod Laver Arena. Naomi Osaka claimed her second slam on the hard courts of Melbourne in 2018, while Serena Williams will be looking to enter the history books by equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 titles.
2nd: Six Nations: France vs England
England will be looking to bounce back quickly from the disappointment of last year’s underwhelming Rugby World Cup Final showing as they kick off their Six Nations campaign away to France at the Stade De France. Eddie Jones’ side beat the French 44-8 in last year’s competition.
2nd: Super Bowl LIV
It’s Super Bowl time stateside as the 54th championship game touches down in Florida. Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens plays host to the biggest game in American sport as the NFL concludes its 100th season. This year’s finalists are still to be decided but the all-important show headliners have been confirmed. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are this year’s star turns.
2nd: Australian Open Final (Men’s Singles)
Can Novak make it a super seventeen in terms of Grand Slam titles? The 32-year-old is showing signs of slowing down in his bid to close ranks on Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, and will be looking for an eighth Australian Open title in Melbourne.
3rd – 9th: World Grand Prix Snooker
A Trump – but not that one – will be looking to make headlines yet again in Preston as Judd bids for his third World Grand Prix title. The 30-year-old beat the legendary Ronnie O’Sullivan in last year’s final, but will the Rocket be back in action after skipping the Masters?
4th – 9th: South Africa vs England ODI Series
5th – 11th: New Zealand vs India ODI Series
6th: Premier League Darts, Aberdeen
A new season of Premier League Darts begins in Aberdeen as the competition kicks off at the all-new P&J Live Arena. Dutch ace Michael van Gerwen is the defending champion after beating Rob Cross in last May’s final at the O2 Arena.
Horse racing enthusiasts will be watching this Grade 2 race closely, as a b
8th: Denman Chase, Newbury
ellwether of potential Gold Cup form ahead of the Cheltenham Festival in March. Four horses have won both events in the same calendar year – Kauto River, Coneygree, Native River and, it goes without saying, the legendary Denman.
8th: Six Nations – Ireland vs Wales; Scotland vs England
9th: Six Nations – France vs Italy
12th – 16th: – South Africa vs England T20 Series
13th: Premier League Darts, Nottingham
15th: Ascot Chase
15th: NHL Stadium Series
16th:- NBA All-Star Game
Basketball’s biggest stars will head to the United Center in Chicago for the ultimate exhibition game. NBA fans have been casting their votes, with 24 of the game’s finest talents set to travel to the home of home of the Chicago Bulls to show off their skills. Chance the Rapper leads the half-time entertainment.
18th and 19th: Champions League Round of 16 first legs
All four English clubs are still in the race to reach this year’s Champions League final as the Round of 16 gets underway this month. Reigning champions Liverpool kick off proceedings in the knockout stages with an away trip to Atlético Madrid, while Spurs will hope to seize on home advantage against RB Leipzig.
20th: Europa League Round of 32 first legs
There’s plenty of British interest as the Europa League returns. Man Utd, Arsenal, Wolves, Celtic and Rangers will all be looking to build a first-leg advantage to keep their hopes of reaching this year’s final in Gdansk alive.
20th: Premier League Darts, Cardiff
20th – 4th March: New Zealand vs India Test Series
21st – 26th: South Africa vs Australia T20 Series
21st – 8th March: Women’s T20 World Cup
The seventh Women’s T20 World Cup heads to Australia with the hosts looking to lift the trophy on home soil for the first time. The Aussies have won four out of six tournaments to date, while England will be aiming make it fourth time lucky after finishing runners-up on three separate occasions.
22nd: Bahrain F1 Grand Prix
22nd: Wilder vs Fury 2
It’s the one boxing fans have all been waiting for as one of the most anticipated rematches in the history of the sport heads to Las Vegas. After a controversial split-decision draw in their first clash in LA, expect both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury to go for broke at the MGM Grand to settle the argument once and for all.
22nd: Six Nations – Wales vs France; Italy vs Scotland
22nd: Winter Derby, Lingfield Park
23rd: Six Nations – England vs Ireland
25th and 26th: Champions League Round of 16 first legs
Chelsea and Man City take up the baton for British clubs in the second wave of Round of 16 first-leg ties. The Blues take on Bayern Munich in a repeat of the club’s most famous hour – the 2012 Champions League Final – while Man City’s European dreams could rest on a positive result at the Bernabéu as they go up against 13-time winners Real Madrid.
27th: Europa League Round of 32 second legs
27th: – Premier League Darts, Dublin