Sport calendar 2017: Major events of the year

England Ashes team 2015
England travel to Australia to defend the Ashes in November and December

BBC Sport picks out the key sporting events of 2017.

* The list will be updated with further fixtures and events as they are confirmed; dates and venues are subject to change

October

Rugby League World Cup
England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland compete in the Rugby League World Cup at the end of October

27 Oct-2 Dec: Rugby league - World Cup, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea

November

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The sun sets on another Formula 1 world championship with the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 26 November

16 Nov-2 Dec: Rugby league - Women's World Cup, Australia

23-27: Cricket - Australia v England, first Ashes Test, Brisbane

24-26: Tennis - Davis Cup final

25: Rugby union - England v Samoa, Ireland v Argentina, Scotland v Australia, Wales v New Zealand

26: Formula 1 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (final race of the season)

29 Nov-10 Dec: Snooker - UK Championship, York

December

The Ashes urn
Who will get their hands on The Ashes urn?

2-6: Cricket - Australia v England, second Ashes Test, Adelaide (d/n)

2: Rugby league - World Cup final, Brisbane

2: Rugby union - Wales v South Africa

9-17: Squash - World Championships, Manchester

14-18: Cricket - Australia v England, third Ashes Test, Perth

17: BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, Liverpool

17: Boxing - Tony Bellew v David Haye, O2 Arena, London

26-30: Cricket - Australia v England, fourth Ashes Test, Melbourne

26: Horse racing - King George VI Chase, Kempton

January 2018

4-8: Cricket - Australia v England, fifth Ashes Test, Sydney

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