Sport highlights of the weekend

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By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor

Coming up, we take a look at another weekend packed full of sporting action.

From the Six Nations (Rugby Union) to the World T20 (cricket), there is a variety of sport taking place this weekend.

New Zealand v England (tomorrow 09:30)

In preparation for the women’s ICC World Twenty20 which starts next Tuesday, England face New Zealand in a warm-up match at the Guru Nanak College Ground in Chennai (India).

England come into the tournament off the back of a Twenty20 series win against South Africa, the Tourists clinching the deciding match by four wickets in Johannesburg.

The White Ferns travel to India following recent success, securing a 2-1 Twenty20 series win against Australia, who are ranked number one in the world.

Australia, who are in group A alongside New Zealand, are the most successful team at the event, having won the competition on the last three occasions.

England v Wales (Saturday 16:00)

Tomorrow, England could move to within one victory of clinching a first Six Nations title since 2011 if they beat Wales at Twickenham in London.

Wales, who are currently one point behind leaders England, are also yet to lose a match at the competition, most recently clinching a 19-10 victory over France at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The last time these two sides met, Wales made a brilliant comeback, edging to a 28-25 win at Twickenham, during the Rugby World Cup in September last year.

England head coach Eddie Jones and his opposite number Warren Gatland have both named unchanged sides, Manu Tuilagi being the only notable change for England, taking his place on the bench.

BNP Paribas Open (today-Sunday)

This weekend, the 2nd and 3rd round stages of the BNP Paribas Open takes place in Indian Wells (California).

In the women’s singles competition, current world number one Serena Williams will play Germany’s Laura Siegemund whilst Agnieszka Radwanska will face world number 57 Dominika Cibulkova.

Great Britain’s Heater Watson, who obtained entry into the competition via a wildcard after reaching the 4th round last year, faces Romanian 32nd seed Monica Niculescu.

Simona Halep is the current winner, beating Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic 2-6 7-5 6-4 in a dramatic final last year.

Terry Flanagan v Derry Matthews (Saturday 22:00)

In the lightweight division, Manchester’s Terry Flanagan defends his WBO title against Merseyside’s Derry Matthews at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Flanagan, 26, has won all 29 of his previous fights, including a devastating stoppage of Diego Magdaleno in the 2nd round, during the 1st defence of his title last time out.

Matthews has been in 20 more bouts, but has won 38, losing nine and drawing two.

On the undercard, Tommy Langford will defend his WBO Intercontinental Middleweight title against Lewis Taylor whilst Blackpool’s Matty Askin faces Simon Barclay in the defence of his English Cruiserweight belt.

World Grand Prix (today-Sunday)

Some of the top snooker players will continue to battle it out for a place in Sunday’s final of the World Grand Prix in Llandudno (Wales), the winner standing to take home £100,000 in prize money.

Earlier in the week, five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan crashed out of the first round, losing 4-3 to Michael Holt whilst current world number one Mark Selby was beaten 4-2 by Tom Ford.

Judd Trump, who beat O’Sullivan to win the event last year, will play no further part after he lost 4-1 to current world champion Stuart Bingham.

Bingham will face Ryan Day in the quarter-finals, over the best of seven frames, whilst Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Ding Junhui face off in an all-Asian affair.


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