The Sporting Weekend

  • England travel to Paris to take on France in the RBS Six Nations. Photo: LynneCameron/PA Wire.

    The weather is expected to be mild but cloudy for the France v England tie. Photo: David Davies/PA Archive.

    A fine afternoon is expected in Norfolk tomorrow, where Norwich City host Wigan Athletic. Photo:Nick Potts/PA Wire.

  • The Sporting Weekend
    10.03.2012 14:45


    The past few months have seen numerous sporting fixtures affected by the state of the weather, but what does this weekend have in store for a few selected matches?

    The RBS Six Nations is now more than half way through and Sunday sees the hotly-anticipated fourth-round tie of France v England from the Stade de France. February saw a series of cold snaps affecting the European continent with sub-zero temperatures and bouts of heavy snow. Indeed, the France v Ireland fixture in early February was postponed at the last minute due to a frozen pitch, leaving tens of thousands of disgruntled (and rather cold) fans in Paris. Luckily, this time round it looks to be a milder day with temperatures around 13C, but it will also be fairly cloudy with perhaps the odd spot of drizzle from time to time. Therefore no problems are anticipated as Stuart Lancaster aims to steer his England side to victory against what will surely be a very stubborn France outfit.

    Meanwhile, back in the UK there are a handful Barclays Premier League fixtures to look forward to on Sunday. The cities of Manchester and Swansea start the proceedings as Manchester United host West Bromwich Albion, whilst Swansea City invite table-toppers Manchester City to the Liberty Stadium. Then later in the afternoon Norwich City entertain bottom of the table Wigan Athletic, who themselves will be desperate for points.

    The weekend’s weather will be dominated by a high pressure area that has been gradually ridging over the British Isles. The characteristics of this high pressure are to give generally settled conditions with many areas seeing fairly misty starts, but with sunny spells developing by the afternoon. Temperatures are also forecast to be several degrees higher than what should be expected for the time of year.

    Manchester should be dry with broken cloud and a few sunny intervals for the early-afternoon encounter, with temperatures around 12C. Cardiff will fare better with more in the way of sunshine and temperatures slightly higher at around 14C. Meanwhile, Norwich is likely to enjoy long spells of late-afternoon sunshine.

    All in all it seems a fairly problem-free day of weather for both the RBS Six Nations and the Barclays Premier League, largely thanks to the dominant ridge of high pressure.

    By: Nick Prebble