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The week in review

28th October to 3rd November

We start our review by having a look at a new format of rugby union effectively on trial on Tuesday at The O2 in London. Rugby X is a variation of Sevens Rugby played on a smaller pitch. Each team has seven players on the field with five replacements on the bench. Players can be replaced as many times as a team wants during the match with the replacement entering the field on the halfway line once the replaced player has left. Tries count for five points unless the try has been scored in a fifteen metre zone in the in-goal area referred to as the Max Zone, which will be seven points. There are no conversions in the match. Many of the rules relating to the tackle, ruck, maul and scrum are similar to Sevens. We will have to see how the popularity of the format develops, but if the investment in the sport is substantial, it will succeed without a doubt. England have been the originators of many sports looking back in history and next year there is also a new shorter format of cricket starting where each team only has 100 balls to bowl. The one positive from new formats is that it creates opportunities for many athletes with skills better suited to the game. For example, when cricket once only consisted of test matches, it limited the involvement of many players. Now we could potentially be heading for a fourth format, which will definitely increase the popularity of the sport. 

Looking ahead at the week, Bandy presents their first World Cup for teams when the U17 Girls meet at Vetlanda in Sweden. The WTA season comes to an end with the Shiseido WTA Tennis Finals to be played in Shenzhen, China from tomorrow until next Sunday. Tarragona in Spain will be host to the IFBB Amateur Bodybuilding World Cup over next weekend, while in Adelaide we have an entire week of Bowls Singles Champion of Champions. Huntington Beach in California showcases the best in junior surfing when the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships starts later today and concludes next Sunday. Back in Australia and in particular Phillip Island, weather conditions have ended any hopes of completing qualification for tomorrow's MotoGP race. Assuming the weather will clear up, qualification will now be on Sunday prior to the race. The FIS Skiing and Snowboarding season is beginning to gain pace with three competitions this week hosted by Finland and Italy. Shanghai will present the World Golf Championships starting on Thursday until Sunday. Finally, with England booking their place in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final for next Saturday, they still need to wait until tomorrow to know who their opponents will be. They are certainly now the favourites to lift the trophy.

Aquatics

Friday to Sunday - FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 #6 - Kazan, Russia

Arm Wrestling

26th October to Sunday - World Armwrestling Championship; World Para-armwrestling Championship; World Deaf Armwrestling Championship - Constanţa, Romania

Badminton

Tuesday to Sunday - World Tour - Macau Open 2019 - Macau, China; SaarLorlux Open 2019 - Saarbrücken, Germany

Bandy

Friday to Sunday - Girls U17 World Cup - Vetlanda, Sweden

Beach Soccer

Friday to Sunday - World Tour - BSWW Tour - Copa Lagos 2019 - Lagos, Nigeria

Bodybuilding

Friday to Sunday - IFBB Amateur World Cup 2019 - Tarragona, Spain

Boccia

Monday to Sunday - BISFed 2019 Povoa Boccia World Open - Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal

Bowling

Thursday to 6th November - World Tour - Kuwait Open - Kuwait City, Kuwait

Bowls

Monday to Sunday - World Singles Champion of Champions - Adelaide BC, Australia

Canoeing

Saturday to Sunday - 2019 ICF Dragon Boat World Cup - Ningbo, China

Chess

30th June to Saturday - World Fisher Random Chess Championship 2019 - Høvikodden, Norway

Monday to 6th November - FIDE World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2019 - Çorum, Turkey

Cricket

Monday - Pakistan Women v Bangladesh Women (2nd T20I) - Lahore, Pakistan

Wednesday - Australia v Sri Lanka (2nd T20I) - Brisbane, Australia; Pakistan Women v Bangladesh Women (3rd T20I) - Lahore, Pakistan

Friday - New Zealand v England (1st T20I) - Christchurch, New Zealand; Australia v Sri Lanka (3rd T20I) - Melbourne, Australia; West Indies Women v India Women (1st T20I) - North Sound, Antigua

Saturday - Pakistan Women v Bangladesh Women (1st ODI) - Lahore, Pakistan

Sunday - New Zealand v England (2nd T20I) - Wellington, New Zealand; Australia v Pakistan (1st T20I) - Sydney, Australia; India v Bangladesh (1st T20I) - Delhi, India; West Indies Women v India Women (2nd ODI) - North Sound, Antigua

Crossminton

Friday to Saturday - World Series - 2019 ICO Crossminton Swiss Open powered by Speedminton - Weinfelden, Switzerland

Curling

Saturday to 9th November - Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2019 - Shenzhen, China

Cycling

Thursday to Sunday - UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup - Chengdu, China

Friday to Sunday - Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup - Minsk, Belarus

Saturday - UCI Cycle-ball World Cup - Höchst, Austria

Dance Sports

Saturday - WDSF World Championship (Ten Dance) - Sibiu, Romania; WDSF PD World Championship (Show Dance Latin) - Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic; WDSF World Championship (Show Dance Standard) - Dresden, Germany; 2019 WDC European Championship Professional (Ten Dance) - Helsinki, Finland

Darts

Friday to Sunday - 2019 Jack's Casino World Series of Darts Finals - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Draughts

27th October to 4th November - World Championship Youth - Izmir, Turkey

Equestrian

Wednesday to Sunday - Showjumping - Longines Equita Lyon Concours Hippique International - Lyon, France

Friday - Group 1 Racing - TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile; Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf; Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf; Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - Santa Anita, California, USA

Saturday - Group 1 Racing - Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf; Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff; Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint; Breeders' Cup Sprint; Longines Breeders' Cup Turf; TVG Breeders' Cup Mile; Longines Breeders' Cup Classic; Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile; Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint - Santa Anita, California, USA

Sunday - Group 1 Racing - Grosser Preis Von Bayern - Munich, Germany

Fencing

Friday to Saturday - Senior Women's World Cup (Épée) - Tallin, Estonia

Saturday - Junior Women's World Cup (Sabre) - Sochi, Russia; Junior Women's World Cup (Foil) - London, England

Sunday - Junior Men's Team World Cup (Sabre) - Sochi, Russia; Senior Women's Team World Cup (Épée) - Tallin, Estonia

Fishing

26th October to Saturday - 27th World Championship Shore Angling Clubs - Dunkerque, France

Flying Disc

Sunday to 8th November - WFDF 2019 Pan American Ultimate Championships (PAUC) - Sarasota, Florida, USA

Football

5th September to 19th November - CONCACAF Nations League - Various

26th October to 17th November - FIFA U17 World Cup 2019 - Brazil

Golf

Thursday to Saturday - Vodacom Origins of Golf Final - Knysna, South Africa

Thursday to Sunday - Myavi ABC Championship - Hyogo, Japan; World Golf Championships - HSBC Champions - Shanghai, China; Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA presented by CTBC - New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei; Bermuda Championship - Southampton, Bermuda

Gymnastics

Wednesday to Sunday - 29th Senior and Junior European Championships - Holon, Israel

Judo

Friday to Sunday - European U23 Championships - Izhevsk, Russia

Model Auto Racing

25th October to Sunday - 8th IC Track World Championship - Fontana, California, USA

Motorcycling

Sunday - FIM MotoGP - Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix - Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

Motor Racing

Sunday - FIA Formula One - United States Grand Prix - Austin, Texas, USA

Padel

Tuesday to Sunday - World Tour - WOpen - Madrid, Spain

Para Sports

27th October to Sunday - 2019 IBSA Goalball European Championships (Group C) - L'Aquila, Italy

Tuesday to Saturday - Gaziantep 2019 - World Deaf Cycling Championships - Gaziantep, Turkey

Saturday to Sunday - 2019 Stockholm Paragames WC Rugby Tournament - Stockholm, Sweden

Poker

Tuesday to Sunday - World Tour - WPT Montreal - Montreal, Canada

Friday to 4th November - World Tour - WPT Deepstacks Montreal - Montreal, Canada

Polo

22nd October to 9th November - Hurlingham Open - Argentina

Racquetball

Thursday to Sunday - World Tour - Los Compadres Auto Sales Open - Fullerton, California, USA

Roller Sports

Thursday to Sunday - World Cup Roller Freestyle FISE - Chengdu, China

Rowing

Friday to Sunday - 2019 World Rowing Coastal Championships - Hong Kong, China

Rugby

Tuesday - Rugby X - London, England

Friday - Union - New Zealand v Wales - Tokyo, Japan

Friday - League - Greece v Scotland - London, England

Saturday - League - Samoa v Fiji - Auckland, New Zealand

Saturday - Union - England v South Africa - Yokohama City, Japan; Poland v Germany - tbc, Poland; Sweden Women v Finland Women - Malmö, Sweden

Sunday - Union - Spain Women v Wales Women - Madrid, Spain

Running

Sunday - Hangzhou Marathon - Hangzhou, China; CFLD Beijing Marathon - Beijing, China; Istanbul Marathon - Istanbul, Turkey; TCS New York City Marathon - New York City, USA

Skating

Wednesday to Sunday - Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy - Dongguan, China

Friday to Sunday - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Internationaux de France - Grenoble, France; ISU World Cup Short Track - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Ski & Snowboarding

Saturday - FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup - Modena, Italy

Sunday - FIS Freeski Big Air World Cup - Modena, Italy

Snooker

Monday to Sunday - Yushan World Open - Yushan, China

Squash

23rd October to Friday - CIB PSA Women's World Championships - Cairo, Egypt

Surfing

16th October to Monday - 2019 Championship Tour - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal - Peniche, Portugal

26th October to Sunday - VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship - Huntington Beach, California, USA

Table Hockey

Saturday - World Tour - Saint Petersburg Open - St. Petersburg, Russia

Table Soccer

Friday to Sunday - Pro Tour Two Peru 2019 - Peru

Saturday to Sunday - Czech Rosengart Open 2019 - Czech Republic

Saturday to 4th October - Master Series St. Petersburg Open 2019 - Russia

Taekwondo

Friday to Sunday - Open Qualification Tournament II for Wuxi 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Slam Champions Series - Wuxi, China

Tennis

27th October to Sunday - Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen - Shenzhen, China

Monday to Sunday - Rolex Paris Masters - Paris, France

Triathlon

Sunday - 2019 Lima ITU Triathlon World Cup - Lima, Peru; IRONMAN 70.3 South American Championship - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Throwball

Friday - 4th Asian Junior Throwball Championship for Men and Women - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Volleyball

27th October to Sunday - NORCECA XIII U19 Central American Championship - Managua, Nicaragua

Weightlifting

Friday to 4th November - 1st Mediterranean International Masters Open Championships - Limassol, Cyprus

Windsurfing

27th October to 9th November - 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic World Cup - Maui, Hawaii

Wrestling

Monday to Sunday - 7th European Senior and 3rd European Cadet and Junior Deaf Wrestling Championships - Gomel, Belarus; U23 Senior World Championships - Budapest, Hungary

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