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Sofa supporter: the sport on TV this weekend

The Rugby World Cup begins in what is another excellent few days of fantastic sporting action.

The Rugby World Cup gets underway today.
The Rugby World Cup gets underway today.

TODAY:

Boxing: Commonwealth light-middleweight title: Obodai Sai v Jamie Cox, (Sky Sports 1, 10pm).

Cricket: ODI: England v India, (Sky Sports 1, 12.30pm).

Cycling: Vuelta a Espana, stage 7, (ITV4, 2.45pm, Eurosport, 3pm); Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec, (Eurosport, 5.30pm).

Golf: European Tour, KLM Open, (Sky Sports 1 , 10.30pm, Sky Sports 2, 3.30pm).

Horse Racing: From Doncaster, (Channel 4, 1.15pm).

Rugby League: Engage Super League match, (Sky Sports 2, 7.30pm).

Rugby Union: World Cup opening ceremony, (Setanta Ireland, 8am, ITV1 8.30am). World Cup: New Zealand v Tonga, (RTÉ Two, 8.30am, Setanta Ireland 9am, ITV1 9.15am). Highlights, (RTÉ Two, 6.30pm). Scotland v Romania, (ITV1, 1.30am, Sat, Setanta Ireland, 1.45am, Sat); Fiji v Namibia, (ITV1, 4pm, 10pm, Sat, Setanta Ireland 4.15am, Sat). Currie Cup: Lions v Griquas, (Sky Sports 4, 6pm). Premiership: Harlequins v Northampton, (ESPN, 7pm). Top 14: Stade Francais v Montpellier, (Setanta Ireland, 7.45pm). RaboDirect Pro12: Leinster v Dragons (RTÉ Two, 7.30pm).

Tennis: US Open, (Sky Sports 3, 5pm).

SATURDAY:

Boxing: WBC heavyweight title: Vitali Klitschko v Tomasz Adamek, (Sky Sports 3, 8pm).

Cycling: Paris-Brussels race, (Eurosport, 1.30pm, 5.45pm); Vuelta a Espana, stage 20, (ITV4, 2.45pm, Eurosport, 3.30pm).

Golf: European Tour: KLM Open, (Sky Sports 1, noon); Walker Cup, (BBC1, 2.15pm, BBC2, 4.20pm).

Greyhound Racing: Shelbourne Park, (RTÉ Two, 9pm).

Horse Racing: Curragh, (RTÉ Two, 2.30pm). Including the St Leger from Doncaster, (Channel 4, 1.55pm).

Motor Sport: Formula One Italian Grand Prix: Qualifying session, (BBC1 noon, 10am, Setanta Ireland 12.55pm).

Rugby League: Live Engage Super League match, (Sky Sports 3, 5.30pm).

Rugby Union: World Cup: France v Japan, (ITV1 6.40am, Setanta Ireland 6.45am); Argentina v England, (ITV1, Setanta Ireland, 9am); Australia v Italy, (ITV1 4am, 10am, Sun, Setanta Ireland, 4.15am, Sun); Currie Cup: Sharks v Pumas, (Sky Sports 4, 1.55pm); Premiership: Bath v Saracens, (Sky Sports 2, 3pm); Top 14: Toulouse v Racing Metro, (ESPN, 3pm); Currie Cup: Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls, (Sky Sports 4, 4pm).

Soccer: Premier Soccer Saturday, (RTÉ Two, 7.30pm). Scottish Premier League: Dundee United v Rangers, (ESPN, noon); Premier League: Stoke v Liverpool, (Setanta Sports 1, 2pm). Bolton v Manchester United, (ESPN, 4.45pm). Championship: Coventry v Derby, (Sky Sports 2, 5pm, 10pm); Serie A: TBA, (ESPN, 7.45pm); Primera Division: TBA, (Sky Sports 4, 2pm, 10pm).

Snooker: Shanghai Masters, (Eurosport, 7.30am).

Speedway: Nordic Grand Prix, (Sky Sports 4, 6pm).

Tennis: US Open, (Sky Sports 1, 5pm, 10pm, Sun).

SUNDAY

American Football: NFL: Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers, (Sky Sports 3, 5.30pm); Washington Redskins v New York Giants, (Sky Sports 3, 10pm); New York Jets v Dallas Cowboys, (Channel 4, 1am, Mon).

Cricket: ODI: England v India, (Sky Sports 2 , 10am).

Cycling: Vuelta a Espana, (ITV4, 2.45pm, Eurosport, 3pm); Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, (Eurosport 8.15pm).

GAA: The Sunday Game Live: All-Ireland Camogie final: Antrim v Wexford, (RTÉ Two, 1.45pm). The Sunday Game, (RTÉ Two, 9.30pm).

Golf: Walker Cup, (BBC2 11.30am, 3.15pm); European Tour: KLM Open, (Sky Sports 3, noon).

Motor Sport: World Rally Championship: Rally Australia, (ESPN, 6.15am); Formula One Italian Grand Prix, (BBC1, noon, 10am, Setanta Ireland 12.55pm).

Rugby Union: Ireland v USA, (RTÉ Two, 6am, ITV1, 6.30am, Setanta Ireland, 6.30am). Highlights, (RTÉ Two, 6pm). South Africa v Wales, (ITV1, 9am, 10pm, Setanta Ireland, 9.15am); Premiership: Wasps v Leicester, (ESPN, 1.30pm).

Snooker: Shanghai Masters, final, (Eurosport, 8am, 1pm).

Soccer: Serie A: Palermo v Inter Milan (7.45pm, Setanta Ireland, 7.40pm); Premier League: Norwich v West Brom, (Sky Sports 1, 1pm); Fulham v Blackburn, (Sky Sports 1, 3.30pm); Bundesliga: Wolfsburg v Schalke, (ESPN, 4.30pm); Primera Division: TBA, (Sky Sports 2, 6.30pm).

Tennis: US Open, (Sky Sports 1, 2pm, 10pm).

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