Feature: Sport Highlights of the Weekend

There is an abundance of sporting events taking place across the world this weekend.

From the start of the Formula One season in Australia to the final round of the Six Nations in France there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Manchester City v Manchester United (Sunday 16:00)

The Red Devils visit the Etihad Stadium for the Manchester Derby as the race for the Champions League spots heats up.

With just nine games to go, the Citizens are four points ahead of their local rivals but with West Ham sandwiched between the two in the table, neither side can afford to drop points.

A goalless draw didn’t really affect either team’s position in the table back in October last year but victory on Sunday could prove pivotal to who finishes in the top four.

City captain, Vincent Kompany will miss the derby whilst Nicolas Otamendi is also a doubt, both players going off during the goalless draw against Dynamo Kiev earlier in the week.

Australian Grand Prix (Sunday 05:00)

The 2016 Formula One season gets underway in Melbourne (Australia) this weekend.

One of the main rivalries will be between the two Mercedes teammates – Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The two drivers were involved in a cap throwing incident at the US Grand Prix after Hamilton sealed the Driver’s Championship in Texas but Rosberg won the remaining three races after the incident.

Elsewhere, Ferrari who finished second in the Constructor’s Championship last year, have dominated pre-season testing – Sebastian Vettel was 1.281 seconds quicker than Hamilton down in 5th.

McLaren will also be hoping for better fortune this time around after last season’s disasters with engine failure much to the annoyance of their drivers.

India v Pakistan (Saturday 14:00)

Despite some doubts about whether the match would go ahead, the Twenty20 World Cup group stage match between India and Pakistan will take place in Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Both nations are ranked highly in the International Cricket Council’s Twenty20 International Rankings with the hosts at the top and Pakistan in 6th place.

In the opening round of fixtures, India suffered a shock defeat to New Zealand, losing by 47 runs and failing to deal with the spin bowling of their opponents.

In contrast, Pakistan won their opening match of the tournament against Bangladesh by 55 runs after setting a total of 201-5.

France v England (Saturday 20:00)

In the last round of the Six Nations, France host England at the Stade de France in Paris.

England have already sealed the Six Nations title having won all four of their games so far and are hoping to complete their first Grand Slam since 2003.

Meanwhile, France come into this match on the back of an 18-29 loss to Scotland and are in 4th place level with the Scots.

Eddie Jones has retained 26 players, naming Matt Mullan as cover for Joe Marler who faces disciplinary action for striking.

Jones also retained Sale’s hooker Tommy Taylor but captain Dylan Hartley missed training on Wednesday.

British Polo Day (Saturday)

The event at the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club in Abu Dhabi (UAE) is the first of ten British Polo Days of 2016.

The club has previously played host to royalty such as Prince Harry for the Sentebale Polo Cup in 2014.

The events are held all around the world and feature some of the best polo players in the world.

There will be a British Army team playing in Abu Dhabi as well as other British teams such as the British Exiles, made up of some of the best British players playing mostly outside Britain.

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