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This year’s Four Nations: your ultimate guide on what you need to know

With football’s European Championships, the Olympic Games, and summer showpieces such as Wimbledon done for 2016, the Four Nations is arguably the biggest sporting spectacular remaining this year.

Rugby League titans England, Australia and New Zealand will compete against qualifiers Scotland in the first time the competition will be held on English soil since 2011. So what are the gripping sub plots we can expect to see develop over the coming weeks?

Burgess is back

Sam Burgess, bonafide cross code superstar, is back playing his beloved Rugby League after an experiment in playing Rugby Union with Bath and England. He will captain England, and fans will welcome an opportunity to see the bulldozing Burgess in the flesh, along with his brothers George and Tom, as the trio usually play their rugby Down Under for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Watch out for the new guns

Keen followers of Super League can’t wait for England’s newest call ups to get their chance in the international spotlight. Making their debuts in the England squad are St Helens’ Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival, with Scott Taylor of Hull FC and Luke Gale from Castleford Tigers also making the cut.

The best of the best

This really is the cream of the crop when it comes to Rugby League, pitting the World Cup holders (Australia), against the world’s current number one ranked side (New Zealand), along with England and Scotland. England have never won the competition and will be desperate to put that record right.

Where to see it?

The Four Nations will provide businesses with a fantastic opportunity to entertain guests in an inspiring and exciting sporting setting, but if you can’t make it to the stadiums, the BBC will screen five games live in their entirety on BBC One and BBC Two.

Can Scotland upset the odds?

It’s not long until Scotland face old rivals England in the World Cup football qualifiers, and they will also have the chance to shock the hosts while making their Four Nations debut. Can Scotland set the tournament alight?

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